Agri-Food Network

A map showing prime agricultural areas and urban areas. On top of the map are photos and arrows pointing to the location of a seed supplier (photo of hand holding seed), agricultural production area (photo of harvester in field), transportation (photo of moving train), animal feed (photo of sheep eating grain), and processing (photo of metal tank). Arrows connect these elements of the agri-food network.

  • The agri-food network includes the infrastructure, services and other agri-food assets needed to sustain and enhance the prosperity of the agri-food sector. For example, this includes transportation systems, agricultural services, farm markets, distributors and primary food processors.
  • The functional agri-food network often extends into adjoining municipalities.
  • Provincial plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe encourage municipalities to plan for the success of the agri-food sector.
  • Information on the agri-food network can inform economic development strategies, investment decisions, local food initiatives and Agricultural Impact Assessments.
  • When Agricultural Impact Assessments are undertaken for settlement area boundary expansions, infrastructure, mineral aggregate applications and other non-agricultural uses, it is important to consider the impacts to the agri-food network.
  • The Implementation Procedures for the Agricultural System in Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe discusses the agri-food network in detail.
  • Data sources on the agri-food network:
    • Agricultural System Portal
    • ConnectON (for partners with data sharing agreements)
    • Business directories
    • Agricultural advisory committees
    • Local agricultural organizations (e.g., chapters of Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, National Farmers Union)
    • Local food initiatives
    • Business Retention and Expansion projects

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