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Micro Data Record Research Agriculture and Food Research Michael TrantAgriculture Division, Statistics CanadaJanuary, 2003

agriculture division
Agriculture Division
  • Crop Statistics
  • Horticulture Statistics
  • Livestock Statistics
  • Financial Statistics
  • Whole Farm Data Project
  • Census of Agriculture
  • Research & Analysis
  • Spatial Analysis & Geomatic Applications
analysis and development section
Analysis and Development Section
  • food and agriculture issues
  • strengthen capacity for research and analysis
  • co-ordinate research and analysis initiatives
  • develop research partnerships with other departments and universities
  • publications
    • VISTA newsletter
    • Agriculture Working Paper Series
research opportunities
Research Opportunities
  • Objective is the publication of the results of analytic work in a Statistics Canada working paper series, Statistics Canada Publications (printed and internet), and academic Journals
    • Doctorate and post-doc research
    • Research Fellows (faculty)
    • Research opportunities for masters candidates
    • Research partnership arrangements
micro data access
Micro Data Access
  • Research Data Centres
      • social statistics collected from individuals and households
          • Household data, expenditures
          • Health statistics
          • Labour statistics
  • Statistics Canada Ottawa
      • all business statistics irrespective of the size of the business
          • Farm survey data
          • Census of Agriculture
requirements
Requirements
  • Research Proposal
      • Special SSHRC application for social statistics micro data research in RDC
      • Application to Division Director for social and business statistics micro data research in Ottawa
  • Sign contract on researchers rights and responsibilities
  • Consent to a security clearance
  • Agree, as a “deemed employee” to abide by the:
      • oath/affirmation of secrecy
      • Provisions of the Statistics Act
      • Conflict of Interest and Post Employment Code
research proposal requirements
Research Proposal Requirements

Research Proposal Requirements

  • Clear description of research objective and hypothesis
  • Description of methodology
  • Explain why this research is of value and how it will advance our knowledge
summary
Summary
  • Research opportunities with Statistics Canada
      • RDC’s
          • SSHRC managed research application for work with Statistics Canada micro data on social statistics
      • Statistics Canada Ottawa
          • Proposal to Division Director for work in Ottawa with Statistics Canada micro data on business statistics
      • Fellows and Post Doctoral Programs
      • Research Partnerships with Statistics Canada Analysts
          • Mike Trant, Agriculture Division for food and agriculture and trade and the environment as it affects agriculture
agriculture and food sectors
Agriculture and Food Sectors
  • Farming – 2% of GDP
  • Food Processing – 2.4% of GDP
  • Food Retailing – 2.6% of GDP
  • Agriculture and Food sectors – 7% of GDP
agriculture sector
Agriculture Sector
  • 246,000 farms
  • Cash receipts = $30 billion
  • 2 % of GDP - nationally
  • Wheat production = 27 mt
  • Corn production = 9 mt
  • Barley production = 13 mt
  • Canola production = 9 mt
  • Soybeans production = 3 mt
  • Cattle = 13 million head
  • Hogs = 12 million head
food processing sector
Food Processing Sector
  • Food processing industry is the third largest manufacturing industry
  • Food processing industry contributes 2.4% to total GDP
  • Food processing industry is catering to changes in Canadian households (aging population, single person, single parent, culturally diverse)
food retailing sector
Food Retailing Sector
  • Food is the second largest retailing sector
  • Food distribution contributes 2.6% to GDP
  • The sector faces increased competition from non-food retailers and international food retailers.
  • Food prices have been rising more slowly than prices in general.
international comparison
International Comparison
  • the food industry totaled 1.3% of GDP in the United States, 2.0% in Germany, 1.3% in the United Kingdom.
  • using purchasing power parities, Canada has surpassed the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom in productivity (as measured by value added per worker).
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Recent trends in farm employment

  • farm employment - measured by main-job agriculture - saw steep declines between 1999 and 2001 but begins to rebound in 2002 (LFS)
      • down 6% in 1999
      • down 13% in 2000
      • down 11% in 2001
      • up 10% in the first 10 months of 2002
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Figure 3: Farm employment drops between 1999 and 2001 and begins to rebound in 2002

Main-Job in Agriculture (000’s)

Source: Labour Force Survey, seasonally adjusted

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Where is the decline

  • decline greatest on farms operated by self-employed farmers with no employees
  • paid employees in agriculture unchanged
  • decline in unpaid employees working on farms
  • more second-job agriculture farmers
  • fewer spouses and children working on the farm with their main-job in agriculture
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Lack of farm profits may be pushing some people off the farm

  • farm profits unchanged, and at historically low levels for a number of years,
  • non-farm opportunities better
  • farm expenses have matched the rise in farm receipts
  • net incomes stabilizing between 4 and 5 billion dollars over the past 20 years (constant dollars)