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. 

 References:

 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/Canada-AGRICULTURE.html

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/about-us/publications/economic-publications/alphabetical-listing/an-overview-of-the-canadian-agriculture-and-agri-food-system-2013/?id=1331319696826  

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

Canadian Change

Much like the U.S., Canada accounts for a wide range of agricultural productions. It competes with some of the most dominating countries of the food industry to be one of the largest exporting and producing countries in the world. Red meats, grains, and oilseeds compensate for over 50% of Canada’s agricultural sectors. With this being said, wheat is a staple crop for Canada. What production coupled with the growth of Rapeseedalfalfabarleycanolaflaxrye, and oats constitute how grains and seeds have such a large impact on the Canadian agricultural impacts on the country’s economy.

Canadian elk

Additionally, aside from traditional livestock production such as sheep and cattle, Canada is well known for its adaptation to the domestication of elk and buffalo. Much of Canada’s economy has been evoked from the further development of their ranches, farms, and fisheries. Fisheries and

Canadian fishery

forestry go hand in hand. These type of implementations in the country have led to the country’s relinquishment of their once very prominent subsistence techniques in their economy.

These types of systems have also transformed farmers that used to merely work to feed their families, to individuals that produce food for not only their own nation, but to be exported across the world.

Resources:

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

http://www80.statcan.gc.ca/wes-esw/page1-eng.htm

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