The Agribusiness and Agritourism Review will provide Sturgeon County with a better understanding of how to support and grow our local agribusiness and agritourism industry.
Sturgeon County is an agricultural powerhouse invested in positive growth for its residents and businesses. As land uses change and adapt to growing agribusiness and agritourism sectors, the County is intent on respecting its farming and agriculture history, fostering collaboration between residents and operators, and embracing the future.
A nine-member Task Force will directly support the review, made of seven community members and two members of Council. The members were selected because of their expertise and experience in the agribusiness and agritourism sectors within Sturgeon County. A team of independent consultants has been engaged to support the Task Force in conducting this review. The Task Force is anticipated to meet on a regular basis over the next 10 months, providing direction during the review.
The Agribusiness and Agritourism Review Task Force will:
- conduct a review of local, provincial and national agribusiness and agritourism regulatory best practices
- identify the needs and expectations of Sturgeon County’s businesses and landowners
- provide recommendations on how to support and implement potential regulations and policy.
Opportunities for residents, landowners, and other stakeholders to get involved in the process and provide input will occur in November 2021.
What is Agribusiness and Agritourism?
For consistency, Sturgeon County will use the definitions as identified in the Regional Agriculture Master Plan.
Agribusiness consists of the following:
- Agriculture-related Uses: Are uses directly related to agriculture, primarily support agriculture, benefit from being in close proximity to agriculture and provide direct products and/or services to agriculture.
- On-farm Diversified Uses: Are secondary uses and limited in area to the principal agricultural use and are compatible with the principal agricultural use and agricultural uses in the adjacent area. On-farm diversified uses may include but are not limited to home occupations, agri-tourism uses, and uses that produce value-added agricultural products.
- Value Added Agriculture: The addition of a process or service to an agricultural raw material being produced by the (farmer) producer. This may include some form of processing (such as milling, drying, cleaning, sorting, slaughtering, distilling, refining, or direct marketing through farm gate sales, farmers’ markets or direct distribution).
Farm related tourism uses, including limited accommodation, direct-to-consumer sales, agricultural education, recreation and activities that involve observation and participation in the farming operations
We would like to hear your ideas and potential concerns about supporting the growth of agribusiness and agritourism in the County. Your feedback will help us prepare draft recommendations.
We recently launched the Agribusiness Agritourism Survey, which is now closed. Results of the survey will be shared with our task force members in coming weeks. Please watch our website and social media channels for future opportunities to share your thoughts on how to support the agribusiness and agritourism industry in the county.
The Agribusiness and Agritourism Review will be conducted over the next several months. Residents, landowners, and other stakeholders will play a key role in this Review. Feedback received will be shared in a What We Heard Report and used, along with Task Force direction, to help develop recommendations on how to support the agribusiness and agritourism industry in the county.