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Agribusiness

Windsor Essex County has a diverse agricultural production that is unsurpassed in Ontario. Encompassing an area of 186 square kilometres and possessing over 325,000 acres of rich and fertile farmland, the region is the agricultural heartland of South-western Ontario and is valued for its agricultural production, dairy farming and a wine producing region comprising of 13 wineries covering over 1,000 acres.

On the same latitude as northern California, with mild winters and southern influence from Lakes Erie and St. Clair, the region enjoys the longest growing season in Canada, averaging 212 days and 3,700 heat units annually.

Strategically located, the region is the primary gateway to access all of Ontario and is North America's "crossroads for commerce." Only 20 minutes to the Windsor, Canada - United States border, Amherstburg is within a one hour drive of 4.5 million Americans, within a two hour drive of 11 million Americans and within a 6 hour drive of 25 million Americans.

Presently, Windsor Essex County has the largest greenhouse industry in North America, with almost 1,500 acres under glass or plastic. At the centre of this vital industry is the Greenhouse & Processing Crops Research Centre in Harrow, a centre of excellence for the development and transfer of new technologies, crop management and environmental control.

For more information on Amherstburg's investment opportunities please contact the Manager of Planning Services, Rebecca Belanger, MCIP, RPP at 519-736-5408 ext. 2124.

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