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County of Middlesex Agriculture Sector Strategy

 

Strategy in Action …

Synthesis worked with the County of Middlesex to develop a strategy specific to their agriculture sector. The project required the completion of two distinct, yet connected, reports – an in depth economic impact assessment on the contribution of the Agri-food sector as well as a strategy report that recommends actionable plans for maintaining and growing the County’s agriculture sector in the short and long term.

County of Middlesex Agri-Food Economic Impact Report, March 2015

Economic Impact report
As part of the development of the overall agriculture strategy, an economic impact assessment of the Agri-food sector in the County of Middlesex was required. This report provides an in-depth economic impact assessment of the contribution the Agri-food sector makes to the County of Middlesex’s overall economic condition. Synthesis was able to reveal some extremely valuable information for the County of Middlesex about the agriculture sector’s performance. The Agri-food sector in the County generates over $1.2 billion in total economic impact and accounts for nearly 8,000 jobs and $290 million in wages and salaries.

County of Middlesex Agriculture Strategy Report and Recommendations, 2015-2020

strat report
This report provides strategic direction and recommendations in maintaining and growing the County’s Agri-food sector. The strategies and recommendations identified in this report are supported by the information revealed in assessing the Agri-food sector’s economic contribution to the County (County of Middlesex Agri-Food Economic Impact Report, March 2015). Synthesis identified various opportunities, and established concrete recommendations, for reaching sector specific output goals, including:

  • Increase further processing investment on-farm or nearby
  • Increase value added production and farm direct sales
  • Maintain and increase livestock production
  • Maintain and increase high value crops
  • Augment field crops with higher value options
  • Increase and diversify agriculture related employment
Strategy. Action. Results.