In Färgelanda, a conscious and successful effort has been made for diversification of the local trade and industry, in order to reduce the dependency on the automotive industry. Previously this was quite considerable.
Today, there is a cluster of food-processing businesses here. Within green industries, natural conditions are preserved and enhanced. The plastics industry supplies the heavy automotive sector and there are companies here that amongst others are suppliers to Ikea.
Tourism is on the rise and there are many small businesses in the services and trade sector.
In the field of green industries, it has become more common that young people with a university college education buy farmsteads and develop these using new technology. They contribute to keeping the landscape open and vibrant.