The agriculture community in the Region of Newell is quite diverse. The region is host to a number of operations such as:

Agriculture is a $10 billion dollar industry in Alberta. With only 10% of Canada’s population, Alberta accounts for 21% of Canada's total farm cash receipts.   The County of Newell has a thriving and extensive agricultural base with ready access to Calgary and its global transportation linkages. With a younger work force and average farm receipts in the range of $100,000 to $249,999, the region is home to some of the most profitable farmers in Alberta.

Basic County of Newell Agricultural Facts and Figures

  • Total number of farms – 717

      # of farms % of total
      2011 2011
    Under 129 acres 118 16%
    130 to 239 acres 93 13%
    240 to 559 acres 196 27%
    560 to 759 acres 76 11%
    760 to 1,119 acres 67 9%
    1,120 to 1,599 acres 36 5%
    1,500 to 2,239 acres 36 5%
    Over 2,240 acres 95 13%
    Source: Statistics Canada 2011 Census of Agriculture

     

     

     

  • Native pasture land - 930,000 acres of native pasture within the County of Newell.
  • Irrigated land - 282,000 acres via a system of canals and pipelines fed by water diverted from the Bow River at the Bassano Dam located west of Bassano. The system is operated by the Eastern Irrigation District.
  • Dry land cropland - 60,000 acres

    Crop Area/Livestock (2006 and 2011)
      # of acres / #animals % change
      2006 2011  
    Spring wheat (excluding durum) 90,985 96076 5.6%
    Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures 72,798 58918 -19.1%
    Barley 48,212 44869 -6.9%
    Canola 26,945 68625 154.7%
      23,183    
    Cattle and calves 259,913 146139 -43.8%
    Source: Statistics Canada 2006  and 2011 Census of Agriculture

      

     

     

  • County of Newell Total Gross Farm Receipts (2011) - $286,986,982