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Agriculture in Abbotsford


Agriculture in Abbotsford

Abbotsford is the largest municipality in BC with a total area of 389 km2. Approximately 70% of the land is located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, making agriculture a significant part of the community. Abbotsford is one of the most intensively and diversely farmed areas in Canada, supporting a wide range of crop and livestock productions. Agriculture is one of the economic pillars of the city and in many ways defines Abbotsford. 

The following statistics from the 2011 Census of Agriculture highlight agriculture in Abbotsford:

  • Total gross farm receipts in 2010 amounted to over $635,000,000.
  • 1,282 farms were reported to be in operation in 2011.
  • Over 7,000 people were reported to be employed on farms in 2011.
  • Just over half of all farms in Abbotsford are between 10 and 69 acres in size, while 35% are less than 10 acres. Only 1% of farms are over 400 acres in size.
  • The top three crops grown in Abbotsford by total acreage are hay and other fodder crops (34%), fruits, berries and nuts (30%), and corn (18%). 
  • Over 2,500 ha (6,410 ac) are dedicated to blueberry production. Another 1,312 ha (3,242 ac) are used in the cultivation of raspberries.
  • 65% of agricultural land in production is farmer-owned.
  • Over 9 million poultry birds were raised in 2010 (includes those raised for both eggs and meat).

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Agriculture Strategy

In 2011, Council approved the Agriculture Strategy which aims to enhance the health and viability of the agricultural economy, and respond to issues and challenges facing agriculture in Abbotsford, through the following overall goals:

  • Promoting and strengthening the viability of agricultural enterprise
  • Increasing the productive use of farmland and food production
  • Protecting the agricultural land base

The Strategy identifies the following key objectives:

  • Enhance opportunities for agricultural enterprise
  • Encourage the agricultural use of farmland
  • Promote integrated management of agricultural by-products
  • Pursue and support agri-industrial investment
  • Invest in agricultural infrastructure
  • Foster agriculture friendly regulation
  • Cultivate public support for agriculture

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AgRefresh

The City of Abbotsford is initiating a comprehensive planning process called AgRefresh, formerly known as the Agricultural Lands Review, which will review municipal agricultural bylaws, policies and regulations, and establish a framework for ongoing bylaw compliance.

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Agriculture Resources

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