Farming in Alberta

When Canadians and other non-Albertans think about agriculture in Alberta, their first thought likely jumps to beef. This makes sense, with over 3 million heads of cattle, Alberta produces half of Canada’s beef and Alberta beef is enjoyed as a luxury around the world. But beef is not all we do here in AB, and […]

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Reasons to Invest in Farmland

We’ve talked about the splendid lifestyle that comes with owning and working on a farm. We’ve also made note of some of the lessons that to be learned growing up on a farm. This blog is about why farmland is a great economic investment not just a culture and lifestyle one. Here are two reasons […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Thanksgiving or Action de Grâce is a Canadian holiday celebrating harvest and blessings for the year. It’s the time of year when family gathers together from all over Canada to eat, spend time together, and be thankful. One of the most beautiful things about this holiday is that there isn’t any gift giving or chocolate. […]

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Why Investors say Yes to Alberta Farmland

To young farmers and retirees leaving agriculture, it can be a tad confusing that someone they’ve never met wants to invest in them and their farmland. Albertan farmers love agriculture, and they are called to the rural life, but it’s hard to understand why an investor might want to help them purchase land if that […]

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Retiring with Pride Through Farming Families

Last month, we talked about how Farming Families works with young farmers to make sure they have access to the land they need to keep the agriculture industry in Alberta strong. This month, our blog is going to be for the retirees who are ready to move off their land, want to see that it […]

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How Farming Families Benefits Young Farmers

Farming has never been a profession that Albertans have taken lightly. It’s a lot of hard work, but we think the benefits are pretty great. After all, what other profession has take-your-kid-to-work day everyday and teaches you to drive by the time your ten? Many of our young farmers grew up on or around farms, […]

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Farming Families’ Passion

When you’ve been in the business as long as I have, you inevitably run into the question of why this business. I’m proud to say that when it comes to Farming Families, that’s never been a difficult question. Farming Families exists because I and Albertans across the prairies love farming, and we’re willing to work towards […]

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What is the Biggest Challenge Faced by Alberta Farmers?

At Farming Families, we work exclusively with farmers, ranchers, and their families. That’s because over the last twenty years we’ve noticed a huge change in the agriculture industry in Alberta that has lead to growing challenges for both new farmers and older, retiring farmers alike. This change is the cost of land. Young Farmers are […]

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An Ally and Expert Guide for Selling Farmland

With so many people moving and living in the city, it can be hard to find a realtor that really knows Alberta farmland. A farm realtor with 20 years of accounting experience who has an expert knowledge of Canadian agriculture tax is even rarer. Fortunately, your search is done. Fred Mertz of Farming Families prides himself […]

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Have You Heard About Alberta’s Newest Provincial Park?

It often seems like Albertans take a lot of criticism from our fellow Canadians for being driven by oil and having a complete disregard for the environment. I can say with certainty, that those who say so have not met the vast majority of Albertans or Alberta farmers. In fact, Alberta’s newest Provincial Park is […]

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Winter Farm Chores Then and Now

Those who haven’t owned or worked on a farm sometimes get the idea that farmers can just take the winter off. With the snow moved in, the hay in the barn, and the crops all harvested, there can’t be much for a farmer to do from November to April, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. […]

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Reasons to Invest in Farmland

We’ve talked about the splendid lifestyle that comes with owning and working on a farm. We’ve also made note of some of the lessons that to be learned growing up on a farm. This blog is about why farmland is a great economic investment not just a culture and lifestyle one. Here are two reasons […]

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About Barns

A barn is an all purpose agricultural building. It’s used for housing livestock, storing crops and equipment, and is the place many farmers find themselves spending a lot of time. Barns can be large or small. Sometimes they’re one purpose, often they serve many functions and have offices, work benches, tack rooms, and feed rooms, […]

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Reaching Retirement Dreams

Last month we talked about Len Brown. He came to us just after his 64th birthday on the recommendation of his account manager. Len and his wife Lucille knew they wanted to retire and move closer to their kids within the next year, but they weren’t sure how to accomplish that goal. The problem was […]

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Just Like the City Guys

Retirement has this nasty habit of sneaking up on a person. I, for one, have had the privilege of meeting many great farmers who have found themselves celebrating their 70th birthday only to realize they have no concrete retirement plans. One of these fantastic gentlemen that I’ve worked with over the years was Len Brown. […]

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A Legacy Restored – The Braken Family Case Part Two

Last month I talked about how a legacy of great people and profitable ranching had been almost destroyed by a well-meaning but poorly written will. That the Braken family had been reduced from a one of the greatest farming families into broken plots of land that divided both the farm and the family. Upset and […]

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A Legacy – The Braken Family

I’m going to be honest with you, I never met John Braken, nor did I meet his son Dave, nor Dave’s wife Madge. They’d all passed away by the time I came in contact with their family, the confusing and troubling legal mess their children, grandchildren, and other relatives had inherited, and their legacy for […]

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A Life Skill that Comes Free with Farming

Farming can be a foreign thing that people understand leads to food being at a grocery store, but mostly they’ve only ever seen a chicken served on styrofoam and wrapped in plastic. Farming can be a curiosity. Something that people stop by once a decade to poke around and marvel at. Farming can be a […]

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Intergenerational Farm Rollover

  Deciding what to do with the family farm when you retire is not something that should be taken lightly. There are several options and each of them has its own complications and tax implications.  In fact, every farmer should start to weigh their options and begin to make retirement plans years in advance of […]

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Buying Farmland as an Investment

Do you want a conservative, stable, income producing investment that is an excellent hedge against inflation? Buy a farm. The value of farmland has risen steadily over the past 5 years and the race is on to gather up arable land – either to farm it or for development. Canadian farm prices rose on average […]

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The Family Farm is Alive and Well in Canada

People used to lament the demise of the family farm in Canada. They said that farming was being taken over by heartless mega-corporations that were usually foreign owned. Truth is, the Canadian family farm isn’t disappearing, it’s just getting bigger. Stats Canada’s 2011 Census of Agriculture shows that the number of farms in Canada is […]

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One Thing to Expect as You Explore Selling a Farm

If you’re considering selling a farm in Alberta and have come across our website, you’ve probably already noticed that agricultural land transactions tend to be very complicated, and that the process of selling a farm isn’t always quick or straightforward. Letting go can be difficult. One other thing you should definitely know and keep in […]

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How to Reduce the Complexity of Alberta Farm Sales

From the first minute you entertain the idea of selling a family farm in Alberta, you’ll notice that virtually nothing is as straightforward as it seems. Because the farm is a business as well as a property, things like revenue, easement, and structure values have to be taken into account, along with land prices. In […]

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