NFU: Farmland Prices Major Barrier To New Farmers

The high cost of land ownership is one of the major barriers to new farmers in Ontario.

That’s according to a National Farmers Union youth report called ‘Critical Issues for New Farmers’.

The report cited the lack of financing available to new farmers and the low profitability of farming as additional barriers faced by new farmers.

It proposed the creation of a Canadian National New Farmer Coalition to advance food sovereignty and encourage and support a new generation of farmers in Canada.

The report was presented at the NFU’s recent annual convention in London.

It surveyed over 13 hundred farmers across the country.

58 per cent of those responding were women.

68 per cent did not grow up on a farm but came into it as a career choice.