Ag Around the World, Holly Spangler's 30 Day Blog Challenge

A Self Supported Canada

Throughout the past years, Canada has significantly advanced in farming and the agricultural production that now supplies this country with a large number of jobs for the local communities. Agriculture has always been a major occupation, but recently the agriculture sector of this country has greatly expanded. Canada is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. During 1996, a study was shown that one- quarter of the farmers used computer systems to help manage not only their crop production, but also their livestock. Though Canada grows a large amount of domestic crops, the county also imports many different products that cannot be produced by the farmers. Over the past few years, the number of Canadian farms has decreased which has caused a great demand of imported crops from the United States.  As of 1999, Canada had a total of $10 billon (amounted in United States currency) of imported goods from other countries. Most of the farms in Canada are rather large in average acreage compared to other countries such as the United States.

            Compared to other countries, Canada’s agriculture is highly sophisticated which makes farming large amounts of land easier and more manageable for the producers. With the large demand of exports from other countries, the technology used by these farmers gives them an advantage to get the crops in and out of the fields faster and easier. Though the agriculture sector began to decrease during a period of time, it has recently grown over the past few years. Agriculture plays a huge role in Canada’s economy providing around 2.1 million jobs for the people of this country. The export of the crops produced by Canada provides a large amount of revenue each year due to the demand from other countries that cannot produce an abundant amount of crops each year. 


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