The Agricultural Business Retention & Expansion Project in the region is showing some promising preliminary results.
In an information report to the Bruce County Planning and Development Committee on October 18th, Economic Development Officer Nicole Egan explained the project is about assessing the state of the existing agricultural sector in Bruce County with a view to examining opportunities in the short, medium and long term to strengthen the industry.
This project is being done in partnership with the Grey and Simcoe counties as well.
Egan says although the final results are not in yet, there are some good news stories coming from the project.
In Bruce County specifically, she says, business owners in the agricultural sector have a positive attitude and want to continue to do business, work and live in the region.
She says it allows Bruce County, along with its residents to continue to support a local food economy but there is other potential as well.
Egan says the initial report suggests agricultural business owners have the opportunity to explore export and international markets for the region's product--something that isn't happening in the ag and food sector right now.
Another positive sign has come from future growth.
Egan points out over half of the 71 interviewed businesses in Bruce County have plans to expand their operations.
All of the results from the study will be presented to the general public in November with the Bruce County meeting taking place on Thursday, November 29th in Chesley.
The findings will support land use planning and zoning recommendations, as well as agricultural sector asset mapping as appropriate.