Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Agriculture Production Profile

Why is agriculture important anyway?

Aside from the nutritional value of food, agriculture is important to people, the economy, and our heritage.

People

The City of Kawartha Lakes is home to approximately 1,366 farms. The 2011 Census estimated 8,387 people in the area are employed year round and 4,013 seasonal in the agri-food and related industries.

Economy

Agriculture and agri-food sector is a mainstay of the economy in Kawartha Lakes.

According to postings, Farm Cash Receipts or sales of farm products in Kawartha Lakes continue to increase.  The total reached over $116.9 million in 2013, which was a ten million dollar increase over 2012 figures, and up from $69.7 million in 2004.

The biggest change in the last year was seen in soybeans which jumped from sales of $12.1 million to $19.0 million. This reflects more acres of soybeans planted. Higher prices in the cattle sector also helped push receipts for Cattle and Calves to the top of the commodities list again at $21.6 million, above Dairy at $21.4 million. Other main commodities which saw greater incomes were corn, field vegetables, hogs and hay.

Kawartha Lakes' receipts grew significantly more, at 8.8%, than the 2.5% growth seen across the province.  Agricultural statistics are posted by the Strategic Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. There are 1,366 farms in Kawartha Lakes with 65,791 hectares in production according to the 2011 Census.

Further details can be found on the Agricultural Fast Facts page

(Source: OMAFRA, Census 2011)

Farmland Values

Farm Credit Canada has released its annual provincial and national overview of land value trends across Canada. Average farmland values in Canada continued to rise in 2015. Nationally and in many key agriculture regions, the average value of farmland increased at a slower pace last year. Overall, there appears to be greater volatility with a higher number of locales where values decreased.

Average farmland values in Canada showed a 10.1 per cent increase in 2015, compared to a 14.3 per cent increase in 2014 and a 22.1 per cent increase in 2013. All provinces saw their average farmland values increase and Manitoba experienced the highest increase at 12.4 per cent.

The rate of increase of land values slowed in Ontario, which was one six provinces experiencing slower growth rates. The average value of Ontario farmland increased 6.6% in 2015, following gains of 12.4% in 2014 and 15.9% in 2013. Values in the province have continued to rise since 1988.

The provincial average does not reflect all areas of Ontario. Some regions continued to see significant increases, some experienced greater price stability and in a few areas, values decreased. The most significant increases were observed in Haldimand, Kent, Oxford, Stormont and Prince Edward counties. However, producers who wanted to expand their operations were showing more patience. Properties remained listed longer than a year ago, when sales occurred prior to the properties even being listed. This change in behaviour contributed to some decreases but also greater stability in many areas.

Producers in eastern Ontario continued to expand, which contributed to an increase in land values in that region. Land values were also pushed higher as a result of expanding transportation infrastructure around the greater Toronto area.

The FCC Farmland Values Report provides an annual provincial and national overview of recent land value trends across Canada. Read the 2015 report, gain insight through a video, a webinar and commentary from ag economic experts and access historical land values here.


Heritage

This area was originally surveyed and cleared for agriculture in the early 1,800's. The European settlers established mixed farms on these lands. Many of today's farmers are descendants of the original settlers to this area. The area has grown to include a world class seed production facility and a large independent family owned dairy processing business.

Kawartha Lakes is a regional center for farm marketing and farm supply with a livestock sale barn, large commercial grain elevators and continues to pursue diverse and value added agricultural opportunities.


180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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