Kathryn Enders is executive director of the Ontario Farmland Trust.

Locking farmland in a trust ensures succession potential

Land won’t end up split off and sold to developers if it’s under a trust

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Ontario Farmland Trust can ensure that agricultural land retains that designation in perpetuity with a Farmland Easement Agreement, whether or not owners have a succession plan in place. The agreement – permanent and legally binding – is between the farm owner and the trust. It is registered on the title of the land, which […] Read more

Ministers’ orders could mean faster development of farmland

CFFO says new powers could reduce local input into land use changes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Updated Sept. 11, 2020 The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act is already a matter of concern for some agricultural communities in the Region of Durham as well as the Town of Ajax. The bill, passed in the Ontario legislature on July 21 gives ministers broader powers to override local planning, which could put more farmland at […] Read more

Zimbabwe says foreign white farmers can apply to get back seized land

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harare | Reuters — Foreign white farmers settled in Zimbabwe whose land was seized under Robert Mugabe can apply to get it back and will be offered land elsewhere if restitution proves impractical, the government said on Monday. Last month, Zimbabwe agreed to pay US$3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whose land was […] Read more

Farms settled in the 1950s have returned to nature as other opportunities beckoned owners.

Finding farmland in Ontario’s north

It’s believed there are up to three million acres of Class 2, 3 and 4 land in the north that could be farmed

Reading Time: 4 minutes The economics of modern agriculture have rekindled interest in pushing long-abandoned farms in northeastern Ontario into production. Millions of acres considered part of the fertile Northern Clay Belt remain largely undeveloped in municipalities stretching north and west from New Liskeard since the region was first opened to farming in the 1950s. Alain Robichaud, economic development […] Read more

Monday’s storm hit an estimated 37.7 million acres in U.S. Midwest

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — A storm packing hurricane-force winds on Monday impacted 37.7 million acres of farmland across the Midwest, including 14 million in Iowa, the Iowa Soybean Association said on Friday, citing estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The toll from the derecho storm has worsened as farmers and grain handlers have spent […] Read more

Kazakhstan’s president says farmland won’t be sold to foreigners

Reading Time: < 1 minute Almaty | Reuters — Kazakhstan will permanently ban sales of agricultural land to foreigners, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday, ending a long-running discussion about controversial land reform plans. Provisions that would have allowed foreign ownership of farmland prompted public protests throughout Kazakhstan in 2016. The government decided at the time to put off the […] Read more

Analysts see COVID-19 as unlikely to impact farmland values

Number of transactions could slow as prices continue increasing

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the global economic roller coaster trip continues, will the pandemic radically change Ontario’s farmland values? Probably not, say analysts, though fewer transactions are likely. Why it matters: COVID-19 will likely impact the number of people selling farmland, but not the overall value, according to analysts. In the extreme corner of southwestern Ontario, a virtual […] Read more

Tighter regulations take effect for B.C. farmland reserve

Local governments' expanded role to take effect this fall

Reading Time: 2 minutes New regulations governing how — or if — changes can be made to land’s status within British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) are now in force, but local governments get more prep time for their expanded role. The province on Thursday announced amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Act — having received royal assent […] Read more

Zimbabwe offers land as compensation for 800 seized farms

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe’s government will offer land as compensation for nearly 800 farms it seized under its land acquisition policy since 2000, according to regulations published on Thursday. Under former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe took over some 5,000 farms, mostly from white farmers, saying the policy was meant to address colonial imbalances. But […] Read more

Gaza farmers return to lands along volatile Israeli border

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gaza | Reuters — Returning to his fields for the first time in 14 years, Palestinian farmer Naser Abu Isaeed surveyed the toll taken by conflict on formerly productive soil. “I saw an empty area full of holes and dry weeds,” said Abu Isaeed, who once grew fruit on the tracts along Gaza’s volatile border […] Read more