Agriculture is a traditional mainstay of the Macleay Valley, with the industry originally built on the production of dairy products, beef and other livestock products, with a growing contribution from fruit, nut, other horticultural products and aquaculture.

Agribusiness in the Macleay Valley involves corporate agricultural enterprises, traditional family farming pursuits and small scale and hobby farming activities. It also supports several significant processing and manufacturing facilities.

Kempsey and surrounds are a traditional farming community that boasts large tracts of arable land close to the coast, along the banks of the Macleay River, within the waters of the river and in the expansive hinterland regions.


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Our vision is to support smart and sustainable agribusiness in the Macleay Valley. If you’re looking to expand your markets or want to learn more about agribusiness opportunities, our Economic Development and Tourism team can connect you to a range of advice and assistance. Contact us on 02 6566 3200 or email

Macleay Valley Food Bowl

The Kempsey Shire Council’s Agribusiness Plan including the Macleay Valley Food Bowl initiative, supports farmers and producers of all sizes by providing resources to help them meet market demand, identify opportunities for growth and overcome challenges.

The Macleay Valley is a fertile food farming region located on the Mid North Coast of Australia between Sydney and Brisbane. The region has a rich agricultural history and has been identified as an emerging hub for Australian produce. A stroll through some of the local farmers’ markets will reveal a selection of signature local foods, including avocados, bananas, chillies, garlic, honey, poultry and eggs. 

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