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Blake and Angela Hall have built a successful cattle enterprise from scratch. But aside from a small parcel that’s their “home base,” owning their land is not something they’ll ever be able to afford.

The impossible dream: Buying land not an option for most new farmers

There’s no shortage of young people who want to farm, but prices are simply out of reach

Reading Time: 6 minutes Blake Hall used to joke that he was about as close to being a nomadic herdsman as a person could be in the 21st century. “All I owned was the cattle,” the Forshee-area rancher said with a laugh. “In the beginning, we moved between five farms in five years, which is expensive, labour-intensive, and stressful […] Read more

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Manitoba’s education tax phase-out begins

Budget pledges a 25 per cent rebate cheque in 2021; existing farmland school tax rebate to be reduced

Manitoba’s latest budget follows through on a move the government telegraphed in last fall’s throne speech, by starting a phased removal of education tax on farm and residential properties. Finance Minister Scott Fielding’s budget, released Wednesday, calls for about $248 million in education tax rebates in 2021 alone for about 658,000 property owners. Owners of […] Read more


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Saskatchewan to pare school tax mill rate for farmland

EPT mill rates to rise for residential, other properties

Saskatchewan’s latest budget taps down the education property tax (EPT) mill rate it sets on farmland, while raising those mill rates on other property classes. The provincial government, in Tuesday’s budget, set the provincewide EPT mill rate on agricultural land for 2021 at 1.36, down slightly from the previous rate of 1.43. EPT mill rates […] Read more

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Farmland appreciation continues through pandemic year

FCC report puts Canada's average land value increase at 5.4 per cent

Economic churn across Canada from the global COVID-19 pandemic didn’t faze the country’s real estate market — nor its farmland market in particular — in 2020, according to the latest review from the federal farm lending agency. Farm Credit Canada on Monday released its 2020 Farmland Values report, showing an average increase of 5.4 per […] Read more


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Kazakhstan’s president orders ban on foreign ownership of farmland

Almaty | Reuters — Kazakhstan will permanently ban foreigners from owning or renting farmland in the vast central Asian nation, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Thursday, ending a lengthy dispute that once prompted anti-government protests. Kazakhstan is a major producer of grains, oilseeds and meat in the former Soviet region sandwiched between China and Russia […] Read more

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Manitoba crop conference recovers allegedly phished funds

Court order frees event organizers' money from frozen account

The organizers of one of the last big Prairie farm events held before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have recovered funds temporarily lost to an alleged phishing scam. The CropConnect Conference — an annual crop production and farm management conference co-organized by Manitoba grain, oilseed and pulse grower groups — has received back almost […] Read more


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



Monday’s storm hit an estimated 37.7 million acres in U.S. Midwest

Chicago | Reuters — A storm packing hurricane-force winds on Monday impacted 37.7 million acres of farmland across the Midwest, including 14 million in Iowa, the Iowa Soybean Association said on Friday, citing estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The toll from the derecho storm has worsened as farmers and grain handlers have spent […] Read more

Kazakhstan’s president says farmland won’t be sold to foreigners

Almaty | Reuters — Kazakhstan will permanently ban sales of agricultural land to foreigners, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday, ending a long-running discussion about controversial land reform plans. Provisions that would have allowed foreign ownership of farmland prompted public protests throughout Kazakhstan in 2016. The government decided at the time to put off the […] Read more