February 6, 2019
by PETER MITHAM
Sales of farm properties in BC rose 57% in 2018, according to the latest property transfer data from the BC Ministry of Finance.
The full-year figures, released at the end of January, show that 1,547 farm properties changed hands in 2018, up from 987 in 2017.
Sales activity was steady throughout the year, with between 110 and 140 sales typically registered each month. The two peak months were May and December, when 161 and 154 properties changed hands, respectively.
Sales were concentrated in the Northern Rockies-Peace, Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver regions. Sales in each totalled 262, 216 and 148, respectively. However, the top three regions accounted for just 40% of all sales, reflecting the broad geographic spread of activity.
The regions that saw the most dramatic increase in sales activity included the East Kootenay, Columbia Shuswap, Cowichan Valley and Central Okanagan. The four regions saw sales increase by more than 200%, with sales in the East Kootenay tripling to 25.
Vol. 105 Issue 6
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
Hog farm won’t face charges
Okanagan drives land values
Where’s the beef?
Minister defends Bill 15 changes
Back Forty: Farmers, not just farmland, need revitalization
Editorial: No peace, no order
ALR restrictions make commuting a fact of life
Johnston’s Packers targeted by activists
Sidebar: When is a crime not a crime?
Berry growers get long-awaited funding boost
Proteobiotics reduce poultry, swine infections
Greenhouse growth stymied by gas prices
Increase farm productivity with cover crops
Ag Briefs: Water fees not evenly distributed among users
Ag Briefs: BC Tree Fruits prepares to relocate
Farmland trust explored for Island
New owner, same faces
Fruit growers cautiously optimistic on bloom set
Honeycrisp key to success for Golden Apple winners
Changes to slaughter rules taking too long
Going! Going! Gone
Local meat deamnd creating opportunities
Sidebar: Compost in 14 days
Ranch takes pasture to plate at face value
Market Musings: Technology has its challenges
Oliver veggie grower prefers wholesale
Grocer offers tips to get a foot in the door
Greenhouse veggie days a hit with school
Haskap research may help berry go mainstream
Research: Bee sensitivity linked to neonic pesticides
Fraser Valley orchardist calling it a day
Worming his way to the top of the heap
Mushrooms a viable crop for small growers
Island 4-H beef show celebrates 25 years
Woodshed: Deborah starts her vacation a golf widow
Brewery’s food program spawns farm project
Jude’s Kitchen: Celebrate dads!