Brady Deaton, Jr.

Brady Deaton, Jr. is the McCain Family Chair in Food Security in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph.  He earned his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.  His research focuses on food security and land tenure.  He served as President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, an editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, and President of the Institutional and Behavioural Economics Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Professor Deaton provides leadership to an award-winning teaching, research, and outreach program. He received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Guelph’s Central Student Association and the Distinguished Extension Award from Ontario’s Agricultural College.  The Canadian Agricultural Economics Society honoured him and co-authors with the 2021 Outstanding Journal Article Award for their research on food insecurity on First Nations.


Recent Podcasts


The Canadian Government’s "Duty to Consult" Indigenous People: Meaning, History, and Consequences - April 4th, 2019


Property Values, Wind Turbines, and Attitudes Toward Wind Energy - November 20th, 2018


Thinking About Future Food Security By Examining The Last 35 Years In World Grain and Oil Seed Markets - September 7th, 2018


The Economic Consequences of Farmland Policy on Farmland Values in Saskatchewan - March 27th, 2018


The Future of Food - November 7th, 2017


Awards and Honours

Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, 2023

McCain Family Chair in Food Security, 2014-Present

Distinguished Extension Award, Ontario Agricultural College, 2018

Teaching Excellence Award from the University Central Student Association, 2010


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Research Impact

Research Related Websites

Ontario Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey

The aim of this survey is to generate and provide public information about farmland values and rental rates. This research is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Results from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 survey rounds are available now.

Collaborative Relationships Between First Nations and Municipalities in Ontario

The central aim of this project is to identify the potential scope for water sharing in the Province, and factors influencing communities to choose to engage, or not engage, in these exchanges. Researchers will explore the potential for collaborative water arrangements between First Nations and municipalities in Ontario, and assess water sharing as one possible solution in the broader portfolio of solutions needed to address drinking water quality issues on reserves.



9th Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture, University of Manitoba: ‘Land and Water: Issues in Canada and First Nations’ – 25 October 2017

Testimony to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on Land Prices – 12 March 2017

OAC Convocation Ceremony – 22 February 2017




Featured Publications

Selected Articles from 2007-2023

Deaton B. James and B. Lipka. 2023. “Cooperation Between First Nations and Municipalities: Do Water Sharing Arrangements Improve Drinking Water Quality?” Land Economics. Forthcoming and published ahead of print:

Deaton B. James and A. Scholz. 2022. “Food security, food insecurity, and Canada’s national food policy: Meaning, measures and assessment. Outlook on Agriculture 51(3): 303-312.

Tia, A.E. , B. James Deaton, G. Hailu and Hina Nazli. 2022. “An empirical assessment of rental markets in Rural Pakistan.” The Journal of Developing Areas 56(3): 181-201.

Deaton B. James and B. Lipka. 2021. “The provision of drinking water in First Nations communities and Ontario municipalities: Insight into the emergence of water sharing arrangements.” Ecological Economics 189: 1-12. 

Naylor, J., B. James Deaton, Alan Ker. 2020. “Assessing the effect of food retail subsidies on the price of food in remote Indigenous communities in Canada.” Food Policy 93: 1-7.

Deaton B. James and B. J. Deaton. 2020. “Food Security and Canada’s agricultural system challenged by COVID-19” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 68(2): 143-149.

Deaton B. James, Scholz A, Lipka B. 2019 “An empirical assessment of food security on First Nations in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 68(1): 5-19.

Kelly*, L. D., Deaton, B. J., & Amegashie, J. A. 2019. The Nature of Property Rights in Haiti: Mode of Land Acquisition, Gender, and Investment. Journal of Economic Issues53(3), 726-747.

Deaton, B. James and Jamie Baxter. 2019. "Towards a better understanding of the experience of heirs on heirs' property."  U.S. Department of Agriclulture , Forest Service,  SRS-244 <<>>

Deaton, B. James. 2018. “Agricultural economics: Key commitments and institutional alertness.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 67: 5-14.

 Deaton, B. James. Chad Lawley, Karthik Nadella. 2018. "Renters, landlords, and farmland stewardship." Agricultural Economics, 00: 1-11.

David Worden and B. James Deaton. 2017. "Better Safe than Sorry? The cost of high standards for water system expansion.” Water Resources and Economics, 19: 18-27.

Hailu, Getu and B. James Deaton.2016. "Agglomeration Effects in Ontario's Dairy Farming.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(4):1055-1073 

Bryan, James, B. James Deaton, Alfons Weersink. 2015. “Landlord-Tenant Relationships and Farmland Rents.” Land Economics, 91(4):650-663 

Lipka, Bethany and B. James Deaton. 2015. “Do Water Provision Contracts with Neighboring Communities Reduce Drinking Water Risk on Canadian Reserves.” Water Resources and Economics, 11: 22-32. 

Deaton, B. James and Richard Vyn. 2015. "The Effect of Ontario's Greenbelt on the Price of Vacant Farmland." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 63(2): 185- 208.

Deaton, B. James and Bethany Lipka. 2015. "Political Instability and Food Security." Journal of Food Security, 3(1): 29-33.

Deaton, B. James, G. Hailu, and X Zhoue. 2014. "Poverty in Canada: Does Manufacturing Matter?" Growth and Change, 45(2): 362-376.

Doidge, M., B. J. Deaton, B. Lipka. 2013. "Institutional Change on First Nations: Examining First Nations' Adoption of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management." Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 8(2): 70-78.

Deaton, B. James. 2012. "A Review and Assessment of the Heirs' Property Issue in the United States." Journal of Economic Issues, XLVI(3): 615-631.

Deaton, B. James and Ekaterina Niman. 2012. "An empirical examination of the relationship between mining employment and poverty in the Appalachian region." Applied Economics, 44: 303-312.

Deaton, B. James and Richard Vyn. 2010. "The effect of strict agricultural zoning on agricultural land values: the case of Ontario's Greenbelt." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 92(4): 941-955. [Authorship equally shared as indicated in article]

Deaton, B. James, Lawrence Busch, Warren J. Samuels, and Paul B. Thompson. 2010. "A note on the economy of qualities: attributing production practices to agricultural practices." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 25(3):99-110.

Deaton,B. James, Jamie Baxter and Carolyn Bratt.2009. "Assessing the consequences of heir property." Ecological Economics, 68: 2344-2353.

Ahmed, Irina, B. James Deaton, Rakhal Sarker. 2008. "Wetland ownership and management in a common property setting: A case study of Hakaluki Haor in Bangladesh." Ecological Economics, 68(1): 429-436.

Cranfield, John, B. James Deaton, Shreenivas Shellikeri. 2008. "Evaluating Consumer Preferences for Organic Food Production Standards. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 57(1):99-117. [Authorship equally shared as indicated in article]

Deaton, B. James, Anastasia M. Lintner, and Donna R. Harrington. 2008. "Evaluating an Environmental Right: Information Disclosure, Public Comment, and Government Decision Making in Ontario." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 56: 277-294.

Deaton, B. James. 2007. "Intestate Succession and Heir Property: Implications for Future Research on the Persistence of Poverty in Central Appalachia." Journal of Economic Issues, vol. XLI (December): 927-942.