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Introduction

This catalogue is your guide to the products and services of Statistics Canada's Agriculture Division. In it, you will find:

  • information on a wide range of published and unpublished, custom and electronic data products and services related to agriculture and food and rural Canada
  • essential release dates and pricing information
  • information on how to order the Agriculture Division products

What can we offer you?

Data from Statistics Canada's Agriculture Division are available in a variety of formats, including:

  • publications
  • customized printouts
  • electronic (CD-ROM, e-mail, Internet)
  • CANSIM (Statistics Canada's corporate computerized database)

Data products and services can be obtained by telephone, e-mail or through the Statistics Canada Internet site (www.statcan.gc.ca).

Our information on the agriculture industry can help you:

  • monitor the financial performance of farms
  • analyse commodity markets
  • assess food available for consumption patterns
  • analyse food production
  • determine agriculture industry structure
  • analyse farm and rural population trends
  • examine characteristics of the farm population
  • monitor crop growth and help predict yields

Who are we?

The Client and Respondent Relations Section provides client and text editing services and management of the respondent relations and response burden program.  The staff will guide you through the Agriculture Statistics Program and will help you with your data needs, whether they are customized or semi-customized services.

The Census of Agriculture collects and disseminates a wide range of data on the agriculture industry such as number and type of farms, farm operator characteristics, business operating arrangements, land management practices, crop areas, numbers of livestock and poultry, farm capital, operating expenses and receipts, and farm machinery and equipment. These data provide a comprehensive picture of the agriculture industry across Canada every five years at the national and provincial levels as well as at lower levels of geography.

The Farm Income and Prices Section produces estimates of farm cash receipts by commodity, farm expenses by item, depreciation, net farm income, agriculture commodity prices, farm product price index, direct program payments, value of farm capital, farm debt, and a cash flow statement, a value added account and a balance sheet for the agricultural sector.

The Whole Farm Data Projects Section provides a comprehensive set of physical and financial data at the farm level. These data include operating revenues and expenses; sources and levels of farm and off-farm income for farm operators and farm families; assets, liabilities, capital investments and capital sales; and information on land use and livestock inventories by sub-provincial region, farm type and revenue class.

The Crops Section collects, compiles, analyses, abstracts and publishes statistical information relating to: field crops, vegetables, fruits, greenhouse and nursery products, mushrooms, honey and maple products, grain marketing and supply-disposition analyses of the major field crops and special crops.

The Livestock Section produces data on livestock, dairy, poultry and eggs, furs, aquaculture, and other animal products.

The Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Section produces spatial data and maps on an operational and research basis.  It also provides information to clients on crop conditions, crop area, land use/land cover and related agricultural and environmental applications, using geomatics technologies for the analysis of satellite data, census and survey data.  The section also offers consultation services for other divisions and for external clients, on geomatic applications (custom mapping, remote sensing and geospatial analysis).  We also offer training services.

The Research and Rural Data Section produces analytical papers related to Canadian rural and small town issues.

The Research and Development Unit has a mandate to work with clients on a fully cost recovery, or fee-for-service, basis to conduct analytical studies on: topical issues related to agriculture from the farm to the agri-food industry levels, covering areas such as production, marketing and the environment; and issues of public interest related to the agri-food industry in Canada.  In addition, the Unit facilitates research initiatives on issues pertaining to the quality of agricultural statistics and collaborates in the publication of information to enhance public understanding and use of the statistics.

The Agriculture Division has developed a number of products which are suitable for the classroom setting and can be used in a variety of subject areas including social studies, geography, science and history. They combine data, graphics and visuals to give students an interesting perspective on Canadian agriculture.

We invite you to call us toll-free at 1-800-465-1991

if you have any questions concerning agriculture data.

W e look forward to serving you!