Forestry and Agrifoods
The agriculture and agrifoods industry provides direct and indirect employment for 6,500 people and has sales valued at $500 million annually. The dairy industry has led this growth with expansion on farms and in dairy processing of value-added milk products such as cheese and novelty ice creams. Higher energy costs are also having an effect on agriculture operations, with significant impacts on livestock production. These impacts are direct, such as equipment operations, and indirect, such as higher feed costs due to the demand on corn for ethanol. The agency will continue to assist producers in finding ways to address these challenges.
The Agrifoods Development Branch of the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, is responsible for promoting the continued development, expansion and diversification of competitive and sustainable primary and value-added agriculture and agrifoods businesses. The Branch provides programs and services as follows:
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