In this report you will find relevant information that illustrates the current and emerging situation of Ontario farms and farmers by way of a series of graphs accompanied by brief explanations. The first part of the paper puts Ontario agriculture into the context of Canada as a whole. The next section provides information about farm Read more

Canada’s agriculture economy has become focused on trade. Exports are nearly four times what they were in 1988 when the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was signed. The amount of food imported into Canada has increased nearly as fast. But the realized net farm income of farmers has actually dropped during this same time period. The Read more

Since 1970 realized net farm income in Canada has remained virtually unchanged, while the value of farm products has steadily increased. The cost of production has risen dramatically, and thus farmers have taken on more and more debt in order to stay in business. Nearly all of the gain in value of farm products has Read more

April, 2011Farm Income and Debt (1970-2009)Since 1970 realized net farm income in Canada has remained virtually unchanged, while the value of farm products has steadily increased. The cost of production has risen dramatically, and thus farmers have taken on more and more debt in order to stay in business. Nearly all of the gain in value of farm products has been paid out to input suppliers, leaving little for the farmers families to live on. Read more