Barriers for young farmers theme of CFA roundtable

Barriers for young farmers entering agriculture was the theme of a Canadian Federation of Agriculture roundtable with federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers meeting in Halifax today.

“The Canadian agricultural sector is diverse, but the need to support new farmers and remove barriers for new entrants was evident in the discussion and is a point all stakeholders agreed upon around the table,” said CFA president Ron Bonnett said in a release.

“The average age of Canadian farmers is 54 years old. We need new entrants coming into the sector to maintain the required workforce and sustain our food system and food supply,” Bonnett said.

Specific solutions identified to eliminate barriers to new farmers, included access to affordable land, risk-tolerant financing, training support and extension services .

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