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Farmers Deterred By Bureaucratic Red Tape

The bureaucratic nature of agriculture may be hurting Canadian farmers. Farmers report that red tape is their number one source of irritation in agricultural production. The bureaucracy that is affecting farmers is causing their stress levels to rise and productivity to decrease. Many farmers believe that the red tape affecting their production has been increasing throughout the years.


One of the major irritants is the fact that there are conflicting rules across different jurisdictions. There are numerous federal regulatory agencies that farmers have to deal with, as well as regulations from provincial and municipal governments.

An interesting statistic states that 1 in 3 farmers would not have gone into the agriculture industry if they had known about the extensive bureaucracy involved. Since a large majority of farmers are reaching retirement age, the regulations around farming need to be altered in order to encourage young farmers to work in the industry.

Last year in Saskatchewan, the government attempted to modernize the regulatory system by updating over 100 regulations in order to benefit agriculture and other industries. However, more needs to be done in order to keep the agricultural industry thriving. To read more about this issue, click here.

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