In Ontario, according to Statistics Canada, 35% of agricultural lands are rented.  This begs the question:  Who owns Ontario’s Farmland?  Concerns regarding farmland ownership are increasing within the farm press and the goal here is to shed some light on this issue.  Who owns farmland can potentially have implications on tax revenue, investment in land improvements and the rental rates of agricultural lands.

A survey was created by researchers at the University of Guelph which contacted farmers in South-Western Ontario who rent land.  This survey collected data on the tenant farmers and their farm operations, their landlords and the relationships between the tenants and landlords as well as detailed information regarding the rental plot including the rental rate, expected yields and crops grown.  A poster of the summary statistics is available.