Investment Ideas After You’ve Sold the Farm

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I often receive these types of calls after a farm is sold:

  • What can I invest in that’s going to give me a reasonable rate of return?
  • What can I invest in that is safe?
  • What can I invest in that’s going to match the farm rent I was receiving?

There are unlimited options to consider, and the answer always depends on what you are looking to accomplish with your sale proceeds. But to help you get started, I have put together some ideas for you to consider.

I have tried to keep it simple by comparing different investments to the one asset you understand like no other – Farmland.

Farmland Rental Income

Let’s first build out a farmland rental scenario that we can compare to different investments.


  • Quarter section valued at $1,000,000 ($6,250/acre)
  • Rental income per year is $20,800 ($130/acre)


Now let’s see how this compares to different investments.


GICs (Guaranteed Income Certificates)

Risk: Very Low

Income: Very Low

Growth Potential: None

Tax Treatment: Poor

Expected Rate of Return: 1% to 2%


Risk: Low

Income: Low

Growth: Low

Tax Treatment: Poor

Expected Rate of Return: 1% to 5%




Private Investments

Risk: Low-Medium

Income: Medium

Growth Potential: Low

Tax Treatment: Good

Expected Rate of Return: 4% to 6%



Blue-Chip Dividend Paying Stocks

Risk: Medium

Income: Medium

Growth Potential: Medium

Tax Treatment: Good

Expected Rate of Return: 3% to 5%



Keep in mind, I have not taken into consideration the potential growth of these investments, I am only looking at it from an annual income perspective. For example, even though a GIC would provide you with a higher annual income when compared to farm rental income, I believe farmland is still a better investment because of its potential growth. See my past post – Is Farmland a Good Investment.


Build a Portfolio

Although I have gone over individual options today, just like farming, it makes sense to diversify your crops and not go all-in on one strategy.

A couple of years ago, I put together a short video, showing farmers how to build an investment portfolio and combine some of the pieces I’ve discussed today: Investing after you’ve sold the farm.

As always, if you’d like to chat, I’m only a phone call away: Book Phone Call.






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Colin Sabourin is a Winnipeg-based investment & financial advisor with Harbourfront Wealth Management. His specialty is working with farmers who are planning to sell or transition their farms within the next 5 to 10 years. 

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of Colin Sabourin, Certified Financial Planner, and Investment Advisor, and not necessarily those of Harbourfront Wealth Management Inc., a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.