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New Entrants and Exits in Agriculture: Economic and Social Factors Affecting Farm Demographics and Structures Over Time

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Title: New Entrants and Exits in Agriculture: Economic and Social Factors Affecting Farm Demographics and Structures Over Time
Author: Chen, Hongyu
Department: Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Program: Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics
Advisor: Weersink, Alfons
Abstract: The number of farms in Canada has fallen by approximately 1.5% per year since 1941. These small net changes hide the significant movements of both entry and exit into the sector. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the factors affecting those rates of entry into farming and the rates of exit out of the sector. The analysis used the Canadian Longitudinal Census of Agriculture data set, which contains information on census farms for five census years. Approximately 25% of all census farms have entered the sector since the last census, but nearly half of these will exit the sector by the time of next census. Entrants tend to be young, operating small crop farms in more heavily populated regions. One-third of all census farms will exit by the next census and these farms tend to be smaller than continuing ones.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14221
Date: 2018
Rights: Attribution 2.5 Canada


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