All farm businesses in Ontario that gross $7,000 or more annually are required by law to register their farm business with Agricorp.
There are a number of benefits to registering your farm business:
Farm property class tax rate - You may qualify to pay 25 per cent of the municipal residential rate on your agricultural land.
Eligibility for government programs - You are eligible for programs including the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and
Growing Forward 2 initiatives.
Membership in an accredited farm organization - With a valid FBR number, you can obtain a membership in one of three accredited farm organizations:
- Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)
- National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O)
- Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)
What you need to obtain new farm plates
Effective January 1, 2015, applicants for new farm plates are required to demonstrate that they have a farm business. You can use your AFO membership card as proof. If you have any questions, visit a Service Ontario location, call 1 800-387-3445 or visit