With over 2,000 farms operating 209,910 ha (513,043 acres) of crop, agriculture and agri-business represent Sarnia-Lambton’s second largest economic sector. The local industry consists of traditional cash crop and animal production, but has grown to include thriving agri-business and value-added agriculture opportunities.
Agriculture and Agri-Business Highlights
Sarnia-Lambton is home to Ontario’s most fertile land for cash crop production, including Ontario’s largest volumes of soybeans and Ontario’s second largest volumes of sugar beets and wheat.
- 98,015 ha (242,200 acres) of soybean production
- 47,350 ha (117,000 acres) of wheat production
- 49,190 ha (121,550 acres) of corn production
Significant livestock and poultry supply, with local processing capabilities.
- 272,900 total pigs
- 33,300 total cattle and calves
- 2,083,500 total hens and chickens
- 132,500 total turkeys
Growing greenhouse industry including the production of peppers, cucumbers, flowers, and propagated vegetables
- 13 greenhouses (3,145,000 square feet)
- Opportunities to utilize waste heat and waste energy from local industry
Located at the southern end of Lake Huron and along the shores of the St. Clair River, Sarnia-Lambton offers many environmental factors that make it an ideal location for agriculture and food processing. The community experiences very moderate summer and winter temperatures as a result of the proximity to Lake Huron.
These factors make Sarnia-Lambton a key location for crop production, including specialty crops and fruits and vegetables. It also makes the region ideal for greenhouse production, given its temperate climate and amount of sunlight throughout the year.
The local agricultural labour force consists of over 47,000 workers, including 32,000 year round and 15,000 seasonal employees.
The Blue Water Bridge complex provides immediate access to the large Midwest US market for export-based producers, and Cargill’s grain terminal provides rail and shipping services worldwide. Currently, more than half of the region’s beef production and more than a third of its pork production are exported, as are many of the crops including sugar beets, cash crops, and vegetables.
Bio-Based Chemical Collaboration Opportunities
Sarnia-Lambton’s Bio-Hybrid Chemistry Cluster provides opportunities for local agricultural producers to work with the growing bio-economy. Local crops are utilized at area facilities such as Suncor St. Clair Ethanol and Bio-Amber. Future opportunities are developed through collaborations with BIOINDUSTRIAL INNOVATION CANADA, the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park and Lambton College.
Agriculture and Food Processing Equipment Manufacturing
Sarnia-Lambton is a key location for companies looking to manufacture equipment for use in the agriculture and food processing industries. With domestic and export sales opportunities, companies can take advantage of the educated labour, partnership opportunities, and beneficial location that Sarnia-Lambton can provide.
Based in Petrolia, PENTA TMR INC. manufactures feed mixers and tillage equipment; benefiting from its Sarnia-Lambton location since 1995. The diversity of mixers provided by the company can be seen in the custom designs being used in agriculture, commercial and other industries. The company continues to grow as it prides itself on durability and innovation.
Here is an example of a successful agriculture entrepreneurial company here in Lambton County.