Three days before the election is called, the Quebec Federation of Agricultural Succession presents its demands. Young farmers want to be heard, but above all, to feel supported by the future government.
Each of the proposals aims to promote access to land, an issue defended by the organization for more than 10 years.
The value of land has tripled in recent years in Quebec. And the situation is even worse in Estrie. In 1996, an acre of farmland sold for $647, while last year it retailed for $5,600. An increase of 865%.
According to the president of the FRAQ, Julie Bissonnette, there is a limit to buying and going into debt. She asks the question, “Who will buy the land if it is not the next generation of farmers? »
The FRAC asks the future government to set up long-term loans at low rates, to create a tax credit for the sellers of agricultural land when the buyer is part of the succession and improve the subsidy program dedicated to young farmers.
David Beauvais, from Magog, has invested $300,000 in his sheepfold over the past three years. A substantial, but relatively modest amount in agriculture.
To get there, David also works two other part-time jobs.
But the government doesn't like it. cut its grant in half, from $50,000 to $25,000.
A criterion that must change to ensure the prosperity of the next generation.
At Quebec, 2% of the territory is dedicated to agriculture.
And young farmers hope that the population will support them in their desire to protect the pantry of Quebecers.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128