Beyond Production Agriculture Business Information Bundle - Welcome

Using this Site

Welcome to the Beyond Production Agriculture Business Information Bundle - your one-stop resource centre for information on establishing and managing a value-added business.

What does value-added mean?

Value-added agriculture builds on the primary product or service of an agricultural business by adding a new component that has economic value and consumer appeal. For example, a fruit farm that normally sells its product to a retailer may add value by expanding into pick-your-own, direct sales to consumers at their farm or local market and/or the sale of jams and jellies made onsite.

When considering whether to expand your farm business from primary production agriculture to include a value-added product or service, and before you invest any money in capital, labour, services or supplies, you will want to research your new business venture. This business information is a great place to start.

  1. What's New?
  2. Farmers Who Have Gone Beyond Production Agriculture
  3. Adding Value Takes Many Forms
  4. Getting Started
  5. Understanding the Marketplace
  6. Your Business Plan
  7. Related Regulations
  8. Helpful Resources and Links
  9. Frequently Asked Questions

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 2 March 2010
Last Reviewed: 30 August 2010