It’s time for Canadian farmers to stand up and be counted — in the 2016 Census of Agriculture.
The process kicks off in early May and Statistics Canada is reminding growers there are plenty of reasons they should want to participate.
A recent email alert from the agency pointed out it’s the best, and in many cases only, way for a lot of decision makers to access statistical information about the industry.
“By drawing on this data, decision makers will be assured that they are acting in the interest of farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations,” the reminder read.
Farm organizations themselves are heavy users of census data and draw on this information to formulate policy recommendations, produce communications and outreach work, and conduct market development.
Regional, provincial and federal government policy advisers use Census of Agriculture data to help develop programs related to farm support and to evaluate the impact of natural disasters such as floods, droughts and storms, on agriculture. This allows for a quick reaction when a natural disaster does occur.
StatsCan also pointed out the Census of Agriculture:
- Can identify trends and provide factual information on emerging issues, opportunities and challenges in agriculture;
- Covers a wide range of topics like land use, crops, livestock, agriculture labour, machinery and equipment, land management and farm finances; and
- Provides farmers and other stakeholders with relevant information about the future of the Canadian agriculture sector and helps them make informed decisions.