The sales of primary agricultural products in Canada peaked at nearly $41 billion in 2002, double the levels of 15 years ago. Increased sales of Canadian agricultural products are closely associated with the rise in agricultural exports following the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1990.*

Currently, between 10 and 15 per cent of Ontario's food is grown locally. It is estimated that Ontario's food system can be 60 per cent local within five years if consumers support local farmers and food distribution systems in their efforts to reduce their “carbon footprint”.†

The SHSM–Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, the SHSM–Agriculture may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on agricultural equipment or animal and crop science.