With one million acres of fertile farmland and a temperate climate, the Flagstaff Region produces bountiful yields of wheat, canola, barley, peas, flax, oats, and specialty crops that have the potential to be processed locally in low-cost business environment. An estimated 70% of the region’s total cropland has been deemed to possess high-quality soils.
Livestock is an important secondary activity to this industry and the supply chain is well established. The Flagstaff Region offers opportunities in greenhouses, meat snacks, pulse foods, ready meats, agricultural services, craft value-added production, agritourism, and farm succession. The area also provides a superb quality of life in rural and small town settings, with competitive wages for skilled labour, plentiful access to health care services and lower housing costs compared to larger urban centres. The region is part of the larger Camrose-Drumheller Economic Region, which consistently enjoys low unemployment rates.