Agriculture is vital to the provincial economy and offers significant opportunities for growth in the future. Infrastructure improvements, such as tile drainage, are improving the quality and productivity of land, while warming trends and research and development are expanding cropping potential.
Land Mass in Northern Ontario
4.4 million acres of land as Class 2, 3 and 4 soils
250,000 acres of Class 2 Soil
2011 - 926,000 acres of farmland reported in Northern Ontario
Agriculture in Northern Ontario generates $180 million in annual farm receipts and supports approximately 4,000 jobs
$1.00 in farm revenue = $1.30 in additional farm-related sales
1 job in agriculture = 1.3 to 2.1 additional jobs in wider economy