According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Manitoba has the largest proportion of farm operators under 35 years of age and the second youngest population of farm operators in Canada.
Overall, the number of young farmers across the country has increased by three percent from 2011, the first time this age category has grown since 1991. They include young farmers like Ryan Boyd, who is challenging assumptions and bringing new ideas to develop a regenerative model for his family farm near Forrest, Manitoba.
Interestingly, young women seem to be entering the industry at a faster pace than young men. Agricultural operations with only female operators under the age of 35 has grown by 113 per cent to 1,045 in the past five years. Margaret Rempel, a hog producer from Ste. Anne, Manitoba and Jeannie Van Dyk of Lellavan Farms, a dairy operation near Noel Shore, Nova Scotia have been leading the trend of women in agricultural management roles for years. Read more about them in the Country Guide article, Plowing the Glass Ceiling.
More Young People Renting Land
With agricultural land prices continuing to increase across the country, it’s not surprising that young farmers tend to rent more land than more established operators. Just over 50 per cent of farmers aged 35 and under rented land from others, compared with 35 percent of other operations.
Alternative land-use agreements, such as crop-sharing and rent to owns have also increased. With a crop-share, the landowner and farmer share in the risk and the rewards of crops grown on the land. Read about the Toews and Halls who have a unique Farm Services arrangement that benefits both couples at different stages in their farming careers.
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