Local Agricultural Community Attends Business Breakfast in Springwater

Local Agricultural Community Attends Business Breakfast in Springwater
Posted on 03/03/2017

Township of Springwater / March 3, 2017 – Approximately 50 farmers, producers and agricultural business owners gathered at the Elmvale Community Hall on March 2 to attend the first Springwater Agricultural Business Breakfast and learn about the opportunities available through various service providers in the area.

This was the first business breakfast in the Township that targeted the agricultural sector. The goal of the breakfast was to interact with local farmers and agricultural operators, learn about their businesses and determine where the municipality can provide assistance, while also providing information and resources that may assist them in their business operations.

The agricultural industry is a key economic driver in the Township and the Province of Ontario as a whole. There are 2,200 farms in Simcoe County, with 320 located in Springwater, this equates to 15% of the total farms in the County. These farms create 2000 full-time positions and an additional 3000 jobs seasonally, making it a significant job creator in the area.

The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food & Rural Affairs, the Small Business Enterprise Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Township of Springwater Planning Services Department presented information on current programs, opportunities and resources available to local business owners.

“The agricultural community is a vital component of the Township of Springwater,” says Mayor Bill French. “Our operators contribute to the local economy through job creation. Council is committed to working with them to ensure they can continue to grow and prosper in Springwater.”