Survey Information

Dear farm operator, farm owner, or agricultural professional,

Every year farmers, landowners, and others want information about farmland rents and values in Ontario. You are invited to participate in the following survey, the goal of which is to generate and provide public information about farmland values and rents. This research is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Your participation will provide valuable information on these crucial indicators of farmer well-being, and will provide you with a greater understanding of how rental and farmland values are generated.

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated. Your responses will be kept anonymous, and will be protected to the full extent possible under Canadian law. Individual responses will not be provided to the public; instead, answers will be summarized at the township or county level (example: we might write that in Zorra Township, responses indicate that the average per-acre rental rate is $xxx). This survey does not ask any questions that would enable anyone to directly identify you, and we will not record any additional information that could connect you to your responses. Due to the nature of online data collection, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. However, as no personal identifying information is being collected, and the topic of this survey is not sensitive in nature, we do not anticipate any risks associated with participation.

You have the right to refuse to answer any question, and you may withdraw from the survey at any time. Should you choose to withdraw, you have the right to remove or revise any responses you have entered up to that point, before exiting the survey. Please note that once you have completed the survey and clicked 'done', your responses cannot be withdrawn, as no identifying information will be collected to connect your survey to you. 

A summary of the survey results will be made available on Dr. Brady Deaton's survey website, here. If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Professor Deaton (contact information is provided below).

This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants. You do not have to waive any legal rights by agreeing to take part in this study. If you have any questions regarding your rights and welfare as a research participant in this study (REB #22-03-008), please contact:
Director, Research Ethics
University of Guelph
519-824-4120 ext. 56606.

You may print or save this screen to keep this letter for your records.


Brady J. Deaton, Jr.
Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Guelph
519-824-4120 ext. 52765
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