AGRICULTURE


Welcome to Camrose County, where agriculture thrives in the heart of Central Alberta. Surrounded by some of the most productive agricultural land in the province, the region is a bustling hub for the agriculture industry.

Camrose County has an excellent connection to major markets in Western Canada and the U.S., with transportation including strong road networks (Hwy 13 and Hwy 21—high load corridor), access to major railways (CP and CN), and air services.

With over 986 farms (+2.5% five-year growth) operating on 858,597 acres (73% or 625,480 acres of cropland), Camrose County boasts $387 million in gross farm receipts (2021). The market value of total farm capital is $3,3 billion. The farming landscape is diverse, characterized by a mix of ranching and grain production. 

Many of the county businesses operate within the agriculture industry (40%, or 84 establishments). Notable entities include the Camrose County Seed Cleaning Plant, Cargill, Richardson, and numerous others. The entire region is home to 146 agriculture businesses, marking a remarkable 27% growth over the last five years.

Employment in the agriculture industry accounts for 25% of the workforce in the whole region, with a population base of 30,000 residents.

Farm Type

Farms

Oilseed, wheat, and other grain farming

489

Fruit

2

Vegetable

9

Greenhouse

5

Hay farming

55

Other crop farming

20

Beef cattle ranching, farming

270

Dairy cattle and milk production

11

Hog and pig

8

Poultry and egg production

33

Sheep farming

9

Goat farming

6

Horse production

42

Other animal production (bees, etc.)

34

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AnimalsCount
Pigs and hogs23,533
Horses and ponies1,280
Hens and chickens1,188,628
Honeybees14,899
Sheep4,787
Cattle (beef, dairy)60,720
Turkey production49,766
Donkeys47
Goats502
Llamas and alpacas14
Bison2,565

Field crops

Acres

Canola

227,769

Wheat

196,277

Barley

106,052

Alfalfa and its mixtures

23,044

Dry field peas

20,180

Oats

19,128

Other tame hay and fodder crops

13,832

Faba beans

5,789

Mixed Grains

4,523

Corn

3,657

Flaxseed

2,259

AREAS OF FOCUS


WORKFORCE


Over the last five years, the agriculture sector has experienced a remarkable 15% growth (2021). Camrose County, compared with the Alberta province, has more people working in the agriculture industry. It employs 24% of Camrose County's labour force. For every agriculture-related employee typically found in the province, Camrose County boasts an 8.5 individuals working within this thriving sector. 

Investors eyeing opportunities in this sector will find themselves in a favorable position, with access to a highly qualified and skilled labor pool. There is a greater proportion of the Camrose County population compared with the province with a high school (28%), college (24%), or apprenticeship diploma (19%). The presence of the University of Alberta Augustana Campus in Camrose offers a plethora of programs, while the NAIT polytechnical campus is conveniently located just an hour away, further enhancing access to specialized education and training.


CAMROSE AREA AG INDUSTRY


"Cargill operates an oilseed processing facility, a grain elevator, a crop inputs retail, an animal nutrition feed mill in Camrose County, and we are constructing a fertilizer retail and distribution center. We have been able to employ many local residents, and this location in central Alberta is ideal for us because it is in the heart of some of Alberta's most productive agriculture land, particularly as it relates to growing canola. The county has welcomed Cargill and has helped us work through the many challenges of establishing and running major agricultural operations." - Fady Phillipe, Oilseed Processing Facility Leader, Cargill


Contact Us


Economic Development
3755 - 43 Avenue, Camrose, AB T4V 3S8
Phone: 780-678-3070 | Email: ecdev@county.camrose.ab.ca