The Dennis County Region has a long rich history of Agribusiness. There are approximately 505 active farms in the region. The RM of Pipestone has 164 farms and the RM of Wallace-Woodworth has 341. These farms primarily consist of: livestock production, cereal grains, oilseed, pulse crops and forages. These Farms are a portion of the 14,791 farms in Manitoba.
The region and province has a well-developed network of farm implement, technology and supplies manufacturing, dealing and servicing providers supporting a wide range of farms
The agribusiness sector in Manitoba earned revenues of $10.1 billion in 2016, Manitoba also accounted for $5.9 billion (approximately 10%) of Canada’s farm cash receipts. This included $2.1 billion in livestock receipts and $3.6 billion in crop receipts.
In 2016, the food processing industry in Manitoba, composed of 218 food and beverage manufacturers, earning $4.1 billion in revenues in 2016. The sector also has a strong export focus, with exports of $2.3 billion in 2016, approximately 56 percent of sales in 2016.
Over the period of 1992 to 2016, revenues within Manitoba’s food-processing industry grew at a compound annual growth rate of 4.55 percent.
Dennis County & Area, Major Employers in Agribusiness
|Company||Location||Number of Employees||Activities|
|Maple Leaf Foods Inc.||Brandon||2,100||Food Manufacturing|
|Plainview Colony Farms Ltd.||Elkhorn||66||Crop and Animal Production|
|Heartland Livestock Services||Virden||35||Livestock Auctions|
|Cargill Ltd||Brandon||20||Food Manufacturing|
|Louis Dreyfus Canada Ltd.||Virden||10||Grain Distribution|
|Van L Equipment||Reston||12||Agricultural Equipment|
|Morris Sales & Services||Virden||-||Agricultural Equipment|
|Mar-Dee Enterprises||Virden/Reston||-||Agricultural Services|
|Pipestone Livestock Sales Ltd.||Pipestone||20||Livestock Auctions|
|Virden Animal Hospital||Virden||Veterinary Services|
|Redferns Farm Services||Virden/Kenton||Agricultural Services|