Number of Canadian farms totaled 205,730 in 2011, compared to 280,043 farms in 1991, Statistics Canada says; average farm area up from 198 acres to 778 acres

OTTAWA , February 18, 2014 (press release) – The article "Demographic changes in Canadian Agriculture," the first from Canadian Agriculture at a Glance, a compendium of analytical articles based on 2011 Census of Agriculture data, is now available.

The structure of agriculture has changed significantly over the last two decades with fewer but larger farms. While there were 280,043 farms in 1991, according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, that number had gradually declined to 205,730 by 2011. Since 1991, the average farm area has increased from 198 to 778 acres, while the number of farm operators decreased from 390,875 to 293,925, a 24.8% drop. Over the same period, the average age of farm operators increased from 47.5 to 54.0 years.

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