Canadian farmland values increased by an average of nearly 
15 percent a year from 2011-16.  |  File photo

High prices identified as farmland security issue

Senate committee identifies the cost of buying farmland as a deterrent to the next generation of farmers and a threat to land ownership

A group of Canadian senators has published a report that hopes to answer one of the perplexing questions facing western Canadian farm families: how do we keep Canadian farmland in the hands of Canadian farmers? “Farming is a challenging way to make a living at the best of times,” said Senator Diane Griffin, who chairs […] Read more

Canadian land prices still rising

Canadian farmland values continued to rise in 2016, but the rate of increase fell for the third consecutive year. The average value of Canadian farmland went up 7.9 percent, which is down from 10.1 percent in 2015, 14.3 percent in 2014 and 22.1 percent in 2013. Surprisingly strong farm cash receipts fueled increases in every […] Read more

At $26.5 million, Miner Creek Farm is one of the larger farm sales in Canadian history.  |  Ted Cawkwell photo

Tisdale, Sask., farm sells for $26.5 million

Nearly 8,000 acres sell to Alberta Hutterite colony in what is considered to be one of the largest farm sales in history

What might be Western Canada’s largest operating farm sale took place late last week. At $26.5 million, producer Sam Rey has chosen to take his profits from nine years of farming and leave the business. Miner Creek Farms started when the Swiss immigrant began buying farmland near Tisdale, Sask. In 2007, unlike many parts of […] Read more


At $26.5 million, Miner Creek Farm is one of the larger farm sales in Canadian history.  |  Ted Cawkwell photo

Tisdale, Sask., farm sells for $26.5 million

What might be Western Canada’s largest operating farm sale took place late last week. At $26.5 million, producer Sam Rey has chosen to take his profits from nine years of farming and leave the business. Miner Creek Farms started when the Swiss immigrant began buying farmland near Tisdale, Sask. In 2007, unlike many parts of […] Read more

The lower Canadian dollar and higher priced crops have helped farmers deal with challenges of higher land prices.  |  Getty Images

Land prices may not follow crops

While U.S. farmland values are beginning to slump because of a drop in crop prices, Farm Credit Canada thinks western Canadian farmland might escape a similar fate. Prairie land prices didn’t shoot up as much as in parts of the U.S. Midwest, so they might not need to fall at all. “I think we’re in […] Read more


Robert Andjelic is emblematic of a new breed of landowner in Saskatchewan: out-of-province investors, companies and pension funds who have made major investments in the province. | photo illustration

Saskatchewan farmland attracts outside interest

New players | Researchers say nearly 800,000 acres are owned by out-of-province investors

A former Manitoba businessperson who now resides in Alberta has taken a major interest in Saskatchewan. Robert Andjelic said his portfolio of Saskatchewan farmland has grown to 180,000 acres over the past four years. “I’ve been studying the market for a lot longer,” said Andjelic, who previously owned industrial warehousing. “I got bored with retirement […] Read more

Rising prices since the turn of the century have made farmland an excellent investment, but is it still affordable for producers to own the land they farm? | File photo

Can farmers afford to own their land?

Rising prices since the turn of the century have made farmland an excellent investment, but is it still affordable for producers to own the land they farm? It depends, the chief agricultural economist for Farm Credit Canada told people attending Crop Production Week in Saskatoon Jan. 9. Jean-Philippe Gervais said producers need to look at […] Read more