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Large farms are here to stay, but a more diversified farming sector with farms of various sizes is preferred.

The big will just keep getting bigger, says new farmland study

About six per cent of Alberta’s farms manage about 40 per cent of its cropland

Reading Time: 3 minutes About six per cent of Alberta’s farms operate and control about 40 per cent of its farmland, according to a new paper published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “It’s not going to come as a surprise to anyone. We find that farms are continuing to get larger and larger. The number of small […] Read more

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Sask. opens farmland ownership review

Saskatchewan has kicked off public consultations for a review of its rules on investment in the province’s farmland. The consultation period, which runs until Aug. 10, is meant to help the province “understand who should, or should not be, allowed to own farmland in Saskatchewan,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said in a release Wednesday. At […] Read more

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Australia backs farmers on foreign ownership gripes

Canberra | Reuters –– The Australian government has sided with farmers who say official data vastly underestimates foreign ownership of the nation’s farmland, as it moves to clamp down on overseas purchases of agricultural land. Foreign ownership is a key concern for many farmers, a crucial part of the conservative government’s support base, who worry […] Read more

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Sask. eyes tougher rules on investor farm buys

Saskatoon | Reuters — Saskatchewan is likely to tighten what are already some of North America’s strictest rules for purchasing farmland, as it looks to fend off big money managers hungry for what they see as a winning investment. The province, whose fertile plains grow more wheat than Argentina, has become the latest front in […] Read more