A Greener Future for Farmers in the Niagara Fruitbelt: Evaluating the Practicality of Using Agriculture Easements in Ontario's Greenbelt

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Date
2014-06-22
Authors
Berry, Josh
Keyword
Agriculture , Greenbelt , Agriculture Easements , Niagara , Conservation , Farmland Preservation
Abstract
The purpose of this report is to explore how agriculture easements can be used in Ontario's Greenbelt as a collaborative planning tool by the Provincial government to increase the economic viability of farming operations located in the Greenbelt. The primary objective of this report is to address the research question: How can an agriculture easement program that is complemented with financial incentives and tax credits increase the economic viability and sustainability of Greenbelt farming operations? The secondary objective of this report is to develop a set of policy recommendations to address the challenges that Ontario's agriculture sector faces.
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