Agricultural producers in the Lesser Slave Lake region say it's a pretty good place to do business. More than half of the farm operations in the area are cattle-based, followed by a variety of field crops, grains and oilseed production. Agro forestry is emerging as viable, particularly on marginal crop land.
The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that settled northern Alberta a century ago still runs high here. Add rich, black loam, abundance of water, and affordable real estate, and it makes for a fertile place for agriculture and agribusiness.
The farming area of the M.D. of Big Lakes includes nearly 67,000 hectares of prime agricultural land that produce quality wheat, barley, oats, canola, seed, and forage crops. More of those crops can be found along the eastern border of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.
Cattle ranching, other livestock, and honey production are also key contributors to the local agricultural economy. It is also a major producer of oats, hay and alfalfa.