Agriculture Advisory Group to help create a more resilient food supply

Seventeen British Columbians with diverse backgrounds and expertise in food production will help farmers access the latest technologies, create more resilient farms and increase sustainability through their roles on the Minister’s Advisory Group on regenerative agriculture and agritech (RAA).

“I would like to welcome the new advisory group and thank them for their shared expertise and commitment to strengthening British Columbia’s food security,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food. “Together, your ideas will help bring natural production systems and agri-technology together, and help increase the productivity and profitability of BC’s food system and food economy. »

Members of the advisory group include co-chairs Glen Lougheed and Michelle Koski, as well as 15 industry experts, including farmers, academics, industry associations, private sector representatives and special advisors. Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development, will also join the group as an ex officio member.

“I am very happy to have been asked to co-chair such an important initiative,” said Koski. “The RAA will provide a forum to harness and align the incredible opportunities of regenerative agriculture and agritech to ensure BC farmers and BC’s food supply are profitable, sustainable and resilient. .

Lougheed said: “I strongly believe in what regenerative agriculture can do for our environment and how agritech can help change these practices. The work we do together will help create a stronger and more resilient food supply.

Regenerative farming practices restore the earth’s soil, water and biodiversity, which helps farmland become more resilient to climate change. Agritech brings new and innovative technology into agriculture to support regenerative practices.

Tea Creek, a culturally safe, land-based Indigenous food sovereignty and occupations training initiative, works with Indigenous peoples to build confidence, skills and self-esteem to revitalize economic interdependence and food production in communities.

“Regenerative agriculture has been and has been practiced by Indigenous peoples and nations of the Americas for thousands of years,” said Jacob Beaton, owner/operator of Tea Creek and member of the RAA advisory group. “I am thrilled to bring an Indigenous agricultural perspective to this important and timely group as we help shape the future of BC agriculture.

The advisory group held its first meeting on Monday, June 13, 2022. The Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech Network (RAAN) is a commitment mandate from the Minister of Agriculture and Food.

Fast facts:

  • British Columbia has over 150 agri-tech companies, including food processing, precision agriculture, bioproducts, food safety/traceability, and soil/crop technology.
  • British Columbia has an agritech land strategy that builds on recommendations made in 2019 by the Food Security Task Force to review land use policies and regulations to ensure that British Columbia’s agritech sector Columbia has a place to grow.

Learn more:

To learn more about BC agritech, visit: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/TradeBCPortal/media/Marketing/bc-agritech-mit.pdf

To learn more about the Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech Network, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/25034

To learn more about the Agritech Concierge program, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/economic-recovery/agritech-concierge

To learn more about Tea Creek, visit: https://www.teacreek.ca/

A backgrounder follows.