Agriculture and Agribusiness

Sturgeon County is an agricultural powerhouse with 2016 gross farm receipts totaling $230 million, growing over 24% from 2011 values

Sturgeon County has nearly 480,000 acres (over 194,000 hectares) of total farm area.

Canadian Oats Milling Limited processes 36,000 tonnes of oats annually, with the bulk of their product being exported internationally. Canadian Oats is part of the Export division of Mexican-based Grupo Vida. Grupo Vida originated in 1982 with the vision to offer consumers a healthy diet through products of high quality standards that are innovative, nutritious and delicious at competitive prices.

Legal Alfalfa Products (Alfa Tec) based out of Legal, Alberta, is a processing facility that has been producing premium alfalfa products since 1975.

G3 was created with the vision of building a smarter path from farmers’ fields to global markets. Today, G3 is transforming the way grain moves with an expanding network of facilities that set new standards for fast, safe and reliable operations. We focus on efficiency to create opportunity for our customers across Canada and around the world. G3 Terminal Vancouver, a state-of-the art export facility due to open in 2020, will add more speed and efficiency to our grain supply chain. G3 is a Canadian company, and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Agriculture is the top land use in Sturgeon County. We have a long and proud history of farming and agriculture that dates back well over a century. Since 1992, Sturgeon County has presented 100-Year Farm Family awards to local farming families that have been actively producing in our County for a century or more. 

Exceptional soil, flat terrain, and access to quality water create exemplary growing conditions in the County, while an abundance of productive land and agricultural infrastructure offer unique opportunities in this expanding industry. Sturgeon County has seen extensive growth in our agricultural processing capacity within the alfalfa, oats and cereals, and grain handling market segments. Based on current infrastructure and planned investment, Sturgeon County has the potential to boost total primary grain handling capacity to nearly 1 million metric tonnes per year.

Major expansions of existing facilities and proposed developments by new investors ensure that the County’s agriculture and agribusiness industries are well positioned for future growth. As the County increases its share of value-added agricultural activities, industries such as processing, packaging, distribution and retail food sales will continue to flourish within our borders. Local businesses are diversifying from crops and commodities into innovative bio products, consumer ready food, treatment and transportation of raw commodities, specialty food processing, and agri-tourism. 

The County has seen several expansions of local businesses wanting to grow in this exciting industry and market their products both locally and abroad. Modern infrastructure and access to advanced transportation and logistics solutions allow locally produced agricultural products to be sold to regional and global markets.

Along with primary agriculture, Sturgeon County is home to the University of Alberta’s research station, which features an 800-acre farm for agronomic and environmental research. Some lands are leased to large farm operators – often to test crops, or to be utilized as farming incubators to establish businesses and improve upon horticultural methods.

For more information on the Agribusiness assets and companies in Sturgeon County, please view our Agribusiness Fact Sheet!

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The Sturgeon County Bounty supports and promotes Sturgeon County's producers, value-added agriculture and tourism experiences through a variety events and initiatives. Check them out below!

Friday, August 9 2019

Networking event for Producers and Chefs!

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