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Jan 11

Farmer Survey: analysis of precision agriculture adoption and barriers in western Canada

Posted on Jan 11 By: Agriculture and Agri-Food Alberta

Farmers are encouraged to take part in an on-line survey on precision agriculture to help advance innovation in Canadian farming.

The survey will take place between January 9 and March 4, and will examine the use of precision agriculture in western Canada.

Precision agriculture (PA) is a term used to encompass a range of devices to collect agriculture information and the geospatial tools to enable site specific management of food production. There are many definitions of precision agriculture (PA) which are often influenced by the specific equipment or management system being referenced.   The survey will cover all components of precision agriculture, from simple GPS guidance to advanced ‘big data’ systems.

The survey will look at the precision agriculture tools being adopted in western Canada and identify the barriers to technology and innovation that farmers face across the prairies. Farmers are asked to include the various tools and technologies they currently use and are considering using in 2017.

It will benefit all agriculture stakeholders to determine the precision agriculture tools that have been adopted in western Canada. Results from the survey will help promote the use of innovation and competitiveness in agriculture and inform the development of future policies and programs. A similar survey was recently conducted in other regions of Canada.

Have your say by completing the survey now:

Summary results will be available in April 2017, and shared with western Canadian grower associations, industry stakeholders and farm media.

This survey is being funded by and conducted for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. If you have any questions, please contact Dale Steele P.Ag. at or by telephone at 403-382-8328.

All information will be collected in compliance with the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The information collected is general in nature and cannot be traced back to a specific farm or individual, as contact information is not collected.  The information is collected for the purposes of consultation and the Survey Monkey website has Data Privacy, Security & Confidentiality features. 

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