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Niagara Agriculture Profile and Economic Impact Analysis

Using information from the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Niagara Region has produced two research reports:

Census Summary and Trending

Metric2016 Total2011 TotalTrend
Number of farms 1,827 2,014 Decrease
Farm area 218,251 acres 222,911 acres Decrease
Average farm size 235 acres 195 acres Increase
Gross farm receipts $838.1 million $725,831,453 Increase
GDP impact from agriculture $1.41 billion $1.22 billion Increase
Employment impact 19,892 jobs 17,227 jobs Increase
Number of agricultural exporters 77 69 Increase
Value of agriculture exports $109.2 million $62.1 million Increase

Top Five Farm Types

Top 5 Farm Types by Number of Farms

  1. Fruit and tree nut farming
  2. Oilseed and grain farming
  3. Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production
  4. Other animal production
  5. Poultry and egg production

Top 5 Farmland Areas by Land Use

  1. Hay and field crops
  2. Fruits, berries and nuts
  3. Christmas trees, woodlands,
    and wetlands
  4. All other land
  5. Natural land for pasture

Top 5 Farm Types by Gross Farm Receipts

  1. Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production
  2. Poultry and egg production
  3. Fruit and tree nut farming
  4. Oilseed and grain farming
  5. Hog and pig farming

Top 5 Farm Types by GDP Impact

  1. Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production
  2. Poultry and egg production
  3. Fruit and tree nut farming
  4. Oilseed and grain farming
  5. Hog and pig farming

For more information on these reports, contact Blake Landry at 905-980-6000 ext. 3796.

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