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Farming & Agriculture

Animal Production Guide

Animal production encompasses a wide range of activities, including livestock farming, poultry farming, aquaculture, beekeeping, as well as raising exotic species. While the three traditional main areas of animal production include red meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, animal production businesses are expanding into new markets, such as organic and/or specialty foods and animal products.

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Co-operative Guide

Co-operatives offer an alternative business model, where control and ownership of the business is in the hands of members. Members can be employees, customers or residents, but in each case the members have a share in decision making and profits.  Rooted in democratic values and self-responsibility, co-operatives are becoming increasingly popular.  In Canada four out of ten people are members of some form of co-operative.

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Florist Shop and Nursery Guide

Floristry typically involves making floral arrangements for occasions in customers’ or recipients’ lives, as well as the selling of cut flowers, ornamental plants and potted plants grown elsewhere. The floral trade involves activities such as flower care, flower arranging, floral design, merchandising, and often flower delivery. Floristry is closely related to the nursery industry, which involves the growing of flowers and plants for ornamental or practical purposes. Many associations and trade shows recognize the strong links and complementary nature of these two industries, and their supply chains are tightly intertwined.

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Organic Farming Guide

Organic farming refers to a form of agriculture production that avoids the use of synthetic chemicals, hormones, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Organic farming aims to produce crops with a high nutritional content while preserving the fertility and sustainability of farmland. Organic farming relies on methods such as crop rotation, composting, natural pest control, and mechanical soil cultivation.

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Wine Industry Guide

The wine industry is a fast-growing and highly-competitive industry that encompasses a wide range of activities. These include operating a full-fledged winery, growing grapes, running a wine specialty shop or a u-bottle facility, or offering wine marketing services.

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