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Farming in Canada isn’t what many Canadians think. CFIB’s report, Realities of Agriculture in Canada – A sector of innovation and growth, debunks Canadians’ misconceptions about agriculture.

According to a recent study commissioned by the federal government, Canadians have many misconceptions about the agriculture industry, including that it’s not innovative, is shrinking, it potentially harms the environment, and that family farms are becoming extinct. Our new report, which debunks these misconceptions, is based on data collected from CFIB farm members who participated in our The State of Canadian Agriculture Survey.

 Results show that, in fact, the majority of farmers – 51% - plan to adopt new, innovative technologies over the next three years, and 44% are planning to expand their business. 

CFIB’s report presents four key realities of farming:

  • Reality #1 – Agriculture is innovative and modern
  • Reality #2 –The agriculture sector is growing
  • Reality #3 – Farmers are taking action to protect the environment
  • Reality #4 – Farms are staying in the family

Beyond promoting the realities of agriculture, government policies need to foster agricultural competiveness. Farmers’ priorities for government action include further reducing red tape and the total tax burden, as well as increased focus on industry research, development and innovation.

CFIB remains committed to providing the business voice for agriculture to federal and provincial governments, and pushing for farmer friendly policies.

Read the Realities of Agriculture in Canada – A sector of innovation and growth report.