Agriculture Sector OverviewAgriculture Sector

Agriculture has a long and strong history in Salmon Arm. Currently there are close to 200 farms operating within the City boundaries and an additional 400 in the surrounding rural areas.  Salmon Arm Corn These include livestock, equestrian, poultry, wineries, and fruit and vegetable production among others. Many of the larger scale producers export their products outside of British Columbia, and outside of Canada. The Agriculture Reserve Lands account for 35% of the land area within the City of Salmon Arm and approximately 7% of our local workforce is employed in the Agriculture sector. Soil quality, growing season, and access to markets are among the many reasons agriculture continues to be a driving force in our economy.

View from Mt IdaSalmon Arm is well known for its strong adoption of the health and wellness shopping trends. This movement has enhanced our agriculture sector as residents are drawn towards the “buy local” movement. Agriculture producers in the Shuswap are well supported by farmers markets, local restaurants, and local grocery stores. That being said, one of our biggest competitive advantages for agriculture producers is access to broader markets. Salmon Arm’s strategic location between the major centres of Calgary and Vancouver, as well as easy access to the TransCanada Highway, support producers in getting their products to market. 

The Shuswap is well known for its high quality tree fruit (cherries, apples, peaches, pears, plums and apricots) as well as its wineries and breweries. Perhaps our untold story is in our advanced agri-food production driven by our technologically advanced agriculture operations. There are many local examples of large scale organic dairy operations, advanced dairy farms with robotic milkers, as well as world class, innovative poultry operations just to name a few! Investment in agriculture operations in Salmon Arm is growing and will continue to do so well into the future. There are extensive opportunities for agri-food and agri-tourism business development with available farm land to support new business establishments. Want to know more?


Climate

Month
Low Temp
High Temp
January
-3.9
2.2
February
-1.3
5.2
March
-1.4
10.7
April
.04
16.1
May
3.6
18.5
June
10.6
22.5
July
11.2
28.6
August
11.0
27.3
September
7.9
19.1
October
3.8
13.1
November
-3.5
2.5
December
-2.2
.8

Annual Averages

Rainfall
478mm
Snowfall
182cm
Sunshine
1,900 hours

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