by Robert Kasian of MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP
“If you care at all about the future of the world’s food supply, you care – whether you know it or not – about Saskatchewan.” (Andrew Ross Sorkin, Columnist – The New York Times, October 11, 2010)
Saskatchewan has received a lot of attention in the world press and investment community over the past several years. In particular, investment in Saskatchewan farm land has been on the radar of some of the world’s most prominent investors for several years. This interest has been driven by several factors including Saskatchewan’s booming economy, Canada’s stable financial and political environment, growing food demand and increasing commodity prices. At an average price of approximately C$500/acre, Saskatchewan also has some of the cheapest farm land in the developed world. In Alberta the average price is approximately C$1,400/acre and in the United States almost US$3,000/acre. In the United Kingdom, the average price of farm land is approximately US$10,000/acre. All of these factors have contributed to unprecedented interest in Saskatchewan farm land as an investment.