Beyond Production Agriculture
Business Information Bundle
Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful information and resources on how you can add value-added
agricultural products to your current farming operations are readily
available. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found throughout
this website and also by visiting the following links.
May I place a road side sign at my farm to promote my
value-added product or service?
- What is production agriculture?
Production agriculture or primary agriculture is growing or producing
a product that has not been altered from its original state to
increase its value.
- What does "value-added" mean?
A value-added business is generally the transformation of a product
or commodity from its original purpose to another valuable state.
Value-added agriculture increases the economic value and consumer
appeal of an agricultural product or commodity. For example, a
fruit farm that normally sells its product fresh, may develop
a line of frozen product or preserved product (jams, jellies,
etc.) to increase their economic value.
- What are some examples of value-added agriculture and
what opportunities exist?
Value Takes Many Forms
Who Have Gone Beyond Production Agriculture
- How do I turn my value-added business idea into a reality?
OMAFRA has developed Exploring Value Added Opportunities training
materials to help producers develop a new idea and turn it into
a reality. The training includes modules about generating ideas,
selecting your best idea, assessing your idea's business potential,
and next steps. It is available in workshop or self-paced, e-learning
formats. For more information, visit the EVAO.
- How do I prepare a business plan?
There are extensive resources, including guides and templates,
to help you create an effective business plan for your operation.
It is important to remember that business plans are 'living
documents' that should be revisited and updated regularly. There
are also farm business advisors that can assist you through
the business planning process.
Farm Business Advisors by Region
and Last Name
- Will adding a new facet to my farm business increase
my taxes? The addition of value-added
activities on your farm can affect tax assessments by the Municipality
Property Assessment Corporation as well as farm income taxes through
the Canada Revenue Agency. For more information, visit Taxation.
- How do I determine pricing for my value-added product?
In order to capture financial benefit from a value-added product
or service, you must give careful consideration to the price you
charge. A comprehensive approach to pricing will consider the
3 C's: What are consumers willing to pay? What are competitors
charging for similar products/services? What is your cost
to produce the product or deliver the service? The following links
provide additional information about pricing:
Be sure to consult sign bylaws with your local township, county,
or municipality. Tourism signs on provincial roadways are managed
by the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) program. For
more information, visit
What uses are permitted in prime agricultural areas?
The Provincial Policy Statement permits a wide variety of uses
in prime agricultural areas. Uses fall under the categories of
agricultural uses, agriculture-related uses and on-farm diversified
uses. These uses help to maintain the land base for agriculture
while supporting a thriving agricultural industry and rural economy.
More information is available in OMAFRA's
Guideline on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Area.
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300