Farmers are busy people, especially when it's time to prepare the land, plant, and harvest crops. Like other data users, they want timely, accurate and detailed data, while completing the least number of surveys.
Statistics Canada's Agriculture Division agrees, and has set itself an ambitious goal with the AG-Zero project. 'We're working to produce comprehensive, relevant and integrated farm data – while minimizing the burden on farm operators' – says Director Étienne Saint-Pierre.
Update - As a result of the US government shutdown, the publication of the December 2018 reference month for Canadian international merchandise trade data will not occur as scheduled on February 5, 2019. Statistics Canada's present approach, following consultation with stakeholders, is to delay the release of monthly international merchandise trade statistics until the USCB resumes normal operations and a new joint release date is negotiated with the USCB as per the data exchange agreement.
Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Deirdre Hennessy and Bill Flanagan, research analysts in the Health Analysis Division.
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