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Bruce County Farmers See a Future in Craft Farming

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

Farmers in Bruce County still face major financial issues, such as farmland taxation

You've heard of craft breweries but have you heard of craft farmers?

The prediction of craft farms, came from the President of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture, John Rodgers, in a presentation to Bruce County Council on January 9th.

Rodgers says some of the very small class farms are increasing "a little bit so there may be a place in the market for craft farming coming up."

However, Rodgers says in the meantime, farmers in Bruce County still face major financial issues, such as farmland taxation.

He says "Tax bills on farmland have doubled in about four years.  We'd like to see either a fair tax, roughly the share we paid in 2016 or we'd like to see improvements to our infrastructure--to our roads, to our bridges."

Rodgers says the farmer is also subjected to increasing dramatic weather events that challenge their water management practices.

He says it's a double-edge sword in that they have to manage the water that falls on the farms and manage the water that comes off of the farms.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2020, Rodgers says they've made some good connections with politicians and they hope to reap the benefits of those connections.

There are just over 1,900 farms in Bruce County, working well over a half-million acres.

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