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Brief explore farmland ownership in Saskatchewan


Written By: Eric Anderson, Jul 08, 2015

A policy brief by the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy defines the ownership of farmland in Saskatchewan debate as "Saskatchewan residents have to decide whether they want to maximize the investment value of farmland or its social value to bind farmers and communities together" according to a Regina Leader Post article.

They go on to say, that if the 'investment' scenario is chosen that "it will hasten the decline of the family farm as the primary production unit of the agriculture industry in the province."

"The policy brief notes that since the change in farmland ownership rules, which permitted Canadian individuals and 100 per cent Canadian-owned corporations to buy unlimited amounts of Saskatchewan farmland, the amount of farmland owned by investors has increased 16-fold — to 837,000 in 2014 from 52,000 acres in 2002"

 

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