Barriers to new and young farmers | Policy Discussion

Across the province, the agricultural industry is in a state of flux, as the average age of a farmer steadily increases, farm succession is not guaranteed and the future viability of farming is unknown. For new farmers, significant financial barriers exist related to the cost of equipment, training and farmland. Given the aging farm demographic, the future of farming in Ontario is dependent on a new generation of farmers but these barriers must be addressed and long-term support provided both at the provincial and local level. This session will explore the barriers facing new farmers and provide policy recommendations related to supporting a new generation of farmers and enhancing the long-term viability of the agricultural sector.

Paper: New and Young Farmers Network Research (2017)

Collaboration session Farming and Farmland
Location: 3105 Desmarais (55 Laurier) Date: October 28, 2017 Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Sara Epp: Researcher Moe Garahan: Facilitator