New entrants to agriculture face significant barriers to entry. The rising cost of agriculture land
and inputs makes it increasingly difficult to start-up a farm. From 2011 to 2016, the total number
of B.C. producers fell from approximately 29,000 to 26,000 and the average age rose to 56 years.
Despite these trends, the number of B.C. producers under the age of 35 increased by 205 to 1,825.
New entrants, from diverse backgrounds, are entering the agricultural and agrifood sector across
the province, bringing new ideas, skills, and capital that are helping to invigorate and promote
growth in the sector. Access to land, knowledge, and capital are needed to establish and grow
B.C. agricultural or agrifood businesses.