These comments cover the career grouping of Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture, which includes Farmers and Farm Managers.
This occupation seems to be accessible to a very large pool of workers at first glance, but in reality, the majority of people who work in this field tend to have very specific characteristics. Although many people with a wide range of characteristics (training, work experience, etc) may decide to operate a farm, often because they are attracted by country life or an interest in animal husbandry or crop production, there is no doubt that the most common way to enter this occupation is to have experience as a general farm worker (NOC 8431) or farm supervisor (NOC 8253), which is often acquired on a family farm.
Growing public awareness of healthy eating habits and environmental protection will encourage somewhat job creation and should offset the negative impacts of those factors somewhat. Although growing resistance to the introduction of factory farms and international competition (from Brazil and Chile, among others) should cause a slowdown in growth in sectors such as hogs, this factor will encourage the development of smaller farms, operations that use fewer chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, and farms that target very specific niches (sheep and lamb, organiccrops, etc.).
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