NB Highlights from the 2016 Census of Agriculture

Posted: May 25, 2017

Further to the Census of Agriculture released by the Government of Canada on May 10, 2017, we have lots of empirical data to help us assess the current face of farming in New Brunswick. It paints a picture with a brush of familiarity, showing the declining number of farms and farmers (“farm operators”), the increasing (though only slightly) average age of farmers, and the shrinking livestock numbers and area in production. Many of the statistics reported reconfirm our need to foster the new generation of agrarians with education and support program, reclaim and work fallow farmland, and increase the demand and available markets for the products we are producing.

We strongly encourage you to look at this summary of New Brunswick’s report, as well as investigating further on your own.