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Agriculture Industry

The tremendous regional differences in B.C. from a climatic, geographic, economic and demographic perspective have resulted in the most diverse agricultural production of any province in Canada.

The South Peace agriculture industry provides a strong opportunity for business investment, economic growth, rural development and careers.  The South Peace has several opportunities for low land process and low cost production.  Almost 90% of British Columbia's grain and 95% of Canola are produced in the Peace Region.

The Peace is home to some of the largest bison herds in the province.  Highlights for the area are low-temperature growing season with long hours of daylight.  Agriculture is a significant and expanding industry in British Columbia more than 280,000 people employed on farms, ranches, greenhouses, veterinary offices, hatcheries, grooming and other agricultural related services. 

The primary industry currently generates 1.74 billion towards the provinces total GDP.

There is indeed place for growth and opportunity in the South Peace region.  Population is estimated to be 60,873 for the South Peace area, with 868,599ha being farmed.

(Source: The British Columbia Agriculture Plan: Growing a Healthy Future for BC Families)

(Source: South Peace Economic Development Commission – Agriculture Website Information)

 

South Peace Agriculture Links

BC South Peace River Stockmen's Association
Website:  www.spstockmen.com
Email:  cattlemen@spstockmen.com

BC South Peace River Stockmen's Association was incorporated in 1953 to serve the livestock producers of the South Peace River area. The Association joined the BC Beef Growers Association (now the British Columbia Cattlemen's Association) and is the South Peace member local of the Peace River Regional Cattlemen's Association.  The following charts show how our cattle numbers compare in BC and what our economic contribution is in the province.

BC Beef Industry Economic Contributions

REGION in BC 1986 1996 2001 July 2007

 Coast

 12,875

 20,480

 15,960

 13,119

 Okanagan

 23,562

 23,702

 24,124

 73,680*

 Kootenays

 19,485

 22,240

 21,220

--        

 Thomspon-Nicola

 47,039

 52,574

 57,291

--        

 Cariboo

 47,464

 54,874

 57,498

78,546 

 Central

 25,939

 37,762

 43,747

 37,351

 Peace

 31,134

 56,151

 61,087

 57,410

Total in British Columbia

 207,498

 267,783

 279,927

 277,000

Source:  http://www.spstockmen.com/stockmen.html (link opens in new window)

Our Economic Contribution


REGION in BC
1986 1996 2001 July 2007

 Coast

 12,875

 20,480

 15,960

 13,119

 Okanagan

 23,562

 23,702

 24,124

 73,680*

 Kootenays

 19,485

 22,240

 21,220

--        

 Thomspon-Nicola

 47,039

 52,574

 57,291

--        

 Cariboo

 47,464

 54,874

 57,498

78,546 

 Central

 25,939

 37,762

 43,747

 37,351

 Peace

 31,134

 56,151

 61,087

 57,410

 Total in British Columbia

 207,498

 267,783

 279,927

 277,000

Source:  http://www.spstockmen.com/stockmen.html (link opens in new window)