Agriculture involves the cultivation of plants and animals to produce various products for human consumption. It has played a significant role in Canada's history and development, and continues to figure prominently in the country's economic landscape. Given agriculture's importance, The Canadian Encyclopedia features many articles on the topic, organized in this collection by topic.
Canadian agriculture has experienced a markedly distinct evolution in each region of the country. A varied climate and geography have been largely responsible, but, in addition, each region was settled at a different period in Canada's economic and political development.
Grain elevators, which have been variously referred to as prairie icons, prairie cathedrals or prairie sentinels, are a visual symbol of western Canada. Numbering as many as 5,758 in 1933, elevators have dominated the prairie landscape for more than a century with every hamlet, village and town boasting its row of them, a declaration of a community's economic viability and a region's agricultural strength.