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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

Future Leaders program now open

Future Leaders program now open

Application deadline is April 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are now open for the next edition of the AdvancingAg Future Leaders program. The program is aimed at helping farmers and ag professionals aged 18 to 35 develop leadership skills. It matches young people with a mentor from the cropping sector, who has “an eagerness to share your expertise and experiences.” During the year-long […] Read more



Event aims to inspire young women in agriculture

Event aims to inspire young women in agriculture

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ag for Life is putting on an event “designed to empower, connect and inspire” young women interested in careers in agriculture and food production. “Feed Your Future was designed to showcase the many opportunities available in the agriculture sector and offer a chance for young females to connect with individuals in the industry,” the group […] Read more


Whether it’s drought, disease or critical consumers, farmers have proven they can respond effectively, says Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture winner Tia Schram.

Farmers’ ability to rise to a challenge never changes

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tia Schram, 20, of Bruderheim, was the senior winner in the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition (which was held as a virtual event this year). Her topic was: Lessons learned over the last 25 years of agriculture — and how we can apply it to the next 25. Sustainability is the balance between meeting […] Read more

Finance and succession help for younger farmers

Finance and succession help for younger farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm Credit Canada is putting on a series of events for younger farmers so they can learn how “to take control of their business journey.” Eight “young farmer summits” for producers under the age of 40 are being held across the country, including two in Alberta. “The future of Canadian agriculture depends on attracting the […] Read more


Shot of young farm workers picking organically grown vegetables on a farm

We need all sorts of farms to preserve the culture of agriculture

Many would love to be seeding right now but they can only dream of being a farmer

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is time to be in the fields; to sow what will soon be an abundant Canadian harvest. I love the fact that I can still identify the make of an engine by the sound and I never get over the thrill of hearing the first piece of equipment rumble down a country road en […] Read more




Ag census shows fewer total farmers, but more young ones

Ag census shows fewer total farmers, but more young ones

The typical farmer has already missed the Freedom 55 boat, but the sector is attracting more young people and women

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are fewer Canadian farmers, and those over 55 still outnumber their younger peers. But the number of operators under age 35 years has increased for the first time since 1991. But the number of young farmers remains modest, according to the 2016 Census of Agriculture. According to the census, there were 271,935 farmers in […] Read more