Agriculture 150

For generations, agriculture has made significant contributions to Canada’s economy, food supply, environment and culture. On July 1, 1867, the federal Department of Agriculture was created and the first Minister of Agriculture was appointed. Today, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, provides leadership in the growth, development and sustainability of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

Agriculture and agri-food is now a $100-billion industry: Canadian foods and beverages are found around the globe. Canada is the world’s fifth-largest exporter hitting new records every year. The agriculture and agri-food industry also employs 2.2 million Canadians (that's 1 in 8 jobs).

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Canada 150 – It's Just the Beginning

Video transcript

[A single piano note.]

[Close up of wheat in a field.]

[The single piano note expands into a light piano music track.]

[A medium shot of a wheat field. The camera moves from left to right.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up shot of a woman running her hand over the wheat in the field.]

[A close up of a woman standing in the wheat field. She looks up to the camera with a slight smile on her face.]

Female employee #1: On these prairies our people have been celebrating life for 10,000 years.

[An aerial view of a combine harvesting the wheat from the field.]

[A close up of a man standing in the wheat field. He look up to the camera with a slight smile on his face.]

Male employee #1: Our ancestors came here to raise food and families.

[Another aerial view of the combine harvesting the wheat from the field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up of a man standing in the wheat field. He is looking at the camera with a slight smile on his face.]

Male employee #2: We overcame differences.

[An aerial shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field. We can now start to see that he is harvesting the wheat to create a pattern in the field.]

[A closer shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up of a woman standing in the wheat field. She looks up to the camera with a slight smile on her face. The wind is blowing in her hair.]

Female employee #2: We are stewards of many languages and vast lands.

[An aerial shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field. He is almost finished cutting the pattern into the field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up of a man standing in the wheat field. He is looking at the camera with a slight smile on his face.]

Male employee #3: We are of mixed races and cultures.

[Another aerial shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field. We can almost see the entire pattern now.]

[The piano music continues.]

[The same woman from the beginning of the video reappears. She is still standing in the wheat field. We can see a group of children in the background.]

Female employee #1: And as long as the sun shines, the river flows, and the grass grows...

[The woman smiles and turns back to look at the children. The children begin to run into the wheat field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[The children run together down one of the paths cut by the combine.]

...our children will celebrate life on these prairies.

[An aerial shot of the pattern that has been cut into the wheat field. It's the Canada 150 logo. The combine is driving around the edge of the logo.]

[The Canada 150 logo on a white circle. There is a light image of the wheat field at sunset in the background.]

Child: It's just the beginning.

[The piano music comes to an end.]

[The Canada wordmark.]

Text on screen: (c) Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2016)

Agri-Geomatics: The big data revolution in agriculture

Video transcript

[An image and a maple leaf appear on screen. This is the title graphic for the video.]

[Electronic music fades in.]

Text on screen: Agri-Geomatics: The big data revolution in agriculture

[The video opens with a close up shot of someone with handfuls of soil.]

Narrator: Agri-geomatics is concerned with the study of the earth's surface.

[Cut to a shot of a farmer standing in a wheat field examining his crop.]

It's also an area of science...

[Cut to a close up shot of wheat in a field.]

...that is revolutionizing the way we farm and feed the world.

[Cut to a shot of an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) vehicle driving into a vineyard.]

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is a leading contributor to this revolution.

[Cut to a series of shots of AAFC employees examining data maps on their computers.]

Our researchers use geomatic tools including satellites and soil moisture monitors to create highly accurate maps and data sets on a weekly basis.

[Cut to a close up shot of a farmer breaking apart dry dirt in his hands.]

The tools and their resulting data help farmers...

[Cut to a shot of an AAFC employee collecting data from a vineyard.]

...agronomists...

[Cut to a shot of an AAFC employee examining a microscopic image on a computer.]

...soil and water engineers...

[Cut to a close up shot of an AAFC employee looking through a microscope.]

...plant breeders and more...

[Cut to a shot of a tractor tilling a field at sunset.]

...both in Canada and around the world.

[Cut to a shot of two AAFC employees discussing data in the AAFC Regina office.]

And as one of Canada's original founding departments, it's only fitting that the department celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary...

[Cut to a shot of a combine cutting into a fresh wheat field.]

...with a show of it's leading-edge...

[Cut to a close up shot of the combine cutting the wheat in the field.]

...agri-geomatics capabilities.

[Cut to a shot of AAFC employee Ian Jarvis. He is standing in a cornfield on the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.]

Text on screen: Ian Jarvis, Director, AgroClimate, Geomatics, and Earth Observations Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Ian Jarvis: My name is Ian Jarvis. I'm director of a group called AgroClimate, Geomatics, and Earth Observation. Our staff took a logo of the Canada 150...

[Cut to a shot of an AAFC employee looking at the Canada 150 logo on a computer screen.]

...and they used the geomatic information systems to overlay it on maps of the field.

[Cut to a shot of the logo as it appeared on the computer screen inside the combine.]

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

This combined with the global positioning system, or GPS technology...

[Cut to an aerial shot of a combine harvesting wheat.]

...tells the combine where to go, when to turn, and so on.

[Cut to an aerial shot of a combine harvesting wheat.]

It represents a fun application...

[Cut to a shot of a producer in the cab of the combine.]

...of the science and technology...

[Cut to an aerial shot of the combine harvesting the wheat. He's cutting lines into the field that will become the logo for Canada 150.]

...that the agricultural sector is using on a day-to-day basis.

[Cut to an aerial shot of the finished Canada 150 logo at sunset.]

Narrator: Aside from enabling the creation of celebratory field art in a wheat field, the real value of agri-geomatics is seen in it's daily use on farms.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

Ian Jarvis: Our farmers are leading edge in terms of the adoption of this technology. They're able to get very detailed information on the state of their fields...

[Cut to a shot of a woman planting a new vine in a vineyard.]

...and this informs how they plant...

[Cut to a shot of a potato field in bloom.]

...what they plant...

[Cut to an aerial shot of a wheat field.]

..and where they plant their crops.

[Cut to a shot of a farm at sunset.]

All this technology is now coming together.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

Things we were doing research on forty years ago...

[Cut to a shot of a producer operating a combine.]

...we're now actually applying operationally...

[Cut to a shot of a soil moisture map on a computer screen.]

...on a daily and weekly basis.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

It's really having a big impact on both the sustainability...

[Cut to a long shot of a combine in a wheat field.]

...but also the profitability of agriculture in Canada.

[Cut to a shot of a cornfield at sunset.]

Something that really excites me is all the open data that's available now.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

We're reaching the point now where we can get high resolution data over all of Canada almost on a daily basis. We use all this information to produce...

[Cut to a shot of a data map on a computer screen.]

...things like a weekly crop condition assessment using satellite imagery.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

We do the same with soil moisture; a weekly assessment of surface soil moisture...

[Cut to a shot of an AAFC employee looking at a surface soil moisture map on a computer screen.]

...across Canada.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

As we do our national crop monitoring interpretations we feed that up through international programs.

[Cut to a shot of a wheat field.]

What this does is create information for the markets...

[Cut to a shot of a combine off-loading wheat into a transport truck.]

[Cut to a shot of a transport truck speeding down a highway.]

...that helps stabilize the markets.

[Cut to a close up shot of someone touching canola flowers.]

Narrator: The impact of agri-geomatics is enormous.

[Cut to a shot of a combine harvesting a field of wheat.]

From the farm to international markets...

[Cut to a close up shot of wheat.]

...the availability of information...

[Cut to a close up shot of a blueberry bush.]

...to the agricultural sector....

[Cut to a close up shot of a potato flower.]

...has increased ten fold in recent years...

[Cut to a shot of a producer standing in a wheat field on a sunny day.]

...and is driving innovation and this new revolution.

[Cut back to the shot of Ian Jarvis standing in a cornfield.]

Ian Jarvis: It's quite an exciting time.

[An aerial shot of the Canada 150 logo cut into the wheat field. The combine is driving around the edge of the logo.]

It's the cornerstone of farming for the future I think.

[Electronic music fades out.]
[Cross dissolve to the end graphic for the video.]
Text on screen: Modern. Innovative. Growing. Discover other agricultural innovations at www.agr.gc.ca.
Text on screen: Canada, © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2016).
[Fade to black.]

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