The Cochrane District has significant farmland coverage and considerably more unused viable farm land. In 2006, Cochrane district reported over 75,000 acres of farmland from 184 farms, this represents only just over 2% of the 3,211,120 acres classified as type 2, 3, and 4 soils in the area.

The Agriculture Steering Committee is made up of 10-15 volunteers comprised of staff and representatives from municipal government and economic development organizations, farmers and farming-related businesses, Community Futures Development Corporations, and other stakeholders within the NeCN catchment area. The purpose of the NeCN Agriculture Steering Committee is to guide, mentor and oversee the enhancement and development of farming and agri-business growth within the NeCN catchment area.

The Agriculture Steering Committee has been involved in a wide-range of projects of which highlights include:

  • 2008 Study in collaboration with the North Claybelt Agri-Network (NCBAN)
  • 2011 Study in collaboration with the University of Guelph
  • 2013 Agriculture Symposium in March “Growing the North”
  • 2014 SNAPP Pilot Program, in collaboration with RAIN, Eat Local Sudbury, Clover Belt
  • 2015 Food Security Research Network Case Study
  • 2015 Agriculture Information Hub & Directory Development, in collaboration with NOFIA
  • Ongoing: Regional Tile Drainage & Land Clearing Consortiums
  • Ongoing workshops: Digging Into Farming, and Soil & Crop Improvement Association
  • 2016 Mining Local Food in Northern Ontario in collaboration with the University of Guelph

For more information about the Agriculture Steering Committee, please contact our Chairperson, Antoine Vézina at

Principle Field Crops

Please find attached the April 23, 2018 release of the Situation and Outlook Report for the principal field crops in Canada as forecast by the Grains and Oilseeds Division’s Market Analysis Group within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Click here.

Tillage and Drainage

The Northeast Community Network facilitates applications for regional land clearing and/or tile drainage projects under the NOHFC Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program in Cochrane District. The regional land clearing and tile drainage project funds 50% of tile drainage and/or land clearing costs to a maximum of $500.00 per acre. In the past two years, applications for over 4000 acres of farmland in the District of Cochrane have been received for clearing and tiling.

The NeCN is currently seeking farmers interested in joining the next consortium. If you are interested in this program, please contact Sara Haldenby, NeCN Tile & Drainage Program Co-ordinator at

Agriculture Symposium Project: 2013 & 2017

Following the success of the 2013 “Growing the North” Agriculture Symposium in Kapuskasing, the NeCN has once again created a special task force whose main priority is to organize an Agriculture Symposium planned for March 30 & 31 of 2017 in Kapuskasing. Learn More.