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Celebrate #CdnAgDay 2020 with 15 facts about agriculture

Canada’s Agriculture Day is taking place across Canada on February 11th, celebrating the positive impact of our agriculture sector and Canadian farmers.

Mark the occasion with us by sharing a story or a photo on social media using the #CdnAgDay hashtag. Or you can share one of these 15 facts about Canadian agriculture—our way of celebrating #CdnAgDay in 2020!

Did you know…

  1. Canadian egg farmers produced over 774 million dozen eggs in 2019.1 Canadians love made-in-Canada eggs.
  2. Agriculture employs over 2.3 million Canadians…2
  3. …And adds over $112 billion to Canada’s economy every year.3
  4. Over 50 years, Canadian egg farming saw a 50% increase in production alongside a 50% smaller environmental footprint.4
  5. Canada’s agricultural sector is using less energy per dollar of economic output.5
  6. Agriculture is growing! GDP growth in agriculture between 2012 and 2016 was 11% while the growth for the entire Canadian economy was 7.8%.6
  7. The world needs more food. Global agricultural demand will increase 50% by 2050.7
  8. 1 out of every 8 Canadian jobs is in agriculture or agri-food.8
  9. 92% of Canadians say it’s important that the eggs they purchase come from Canada.9
  10. There were over 193,000 farms in Canada as of 2016.10
  11. More Canadians are educating themselves for careers in agriculture. Enrolment in post-secondary agriculture programs grew by 29% in the past decade.11
  12. Young people are getting involved. Farm operators under 35 account for an increasing share of the total farm operators in Canada.12
  13. Women account for an increasing share of farm operators, having increased to 28.7% of all operators in 2016.13
  14. In 2016, 5.3% of farmers reported having a renewable energy system on their farm—the majority of these being solar panels.14
  15. There were over 158 million acres of total farm area in Canada as of 2016.15

1 Egg Farmers of Canada
2 Canadian Federation of Agriculture
3 Canadian Federation of Agriculture
4 Egg Farmers of Canada
5 Government of Canada
6 Canadian Federation of Agriculture
7 Canadian Federation of Agriculture
8 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
9 Léger. Supply Management Survey, 2018.
10 2016 Census of Agriculture
11 RBC
12 2016 Census of Agriculture
13 2016 Census of Agriculture
14 2016 Census of Agriculture
15 2016 Census of Agriculture