The Simpson Centre at the College of Calgary’s Faculty of Public Coverage lately commissioned a sequence of papers on the future of agriculture in Alberta. The target of the publication is to analyze the conventional agriculture industries in Alberta, however one paper in the sequence caught the publishers off guard.
“Many people like to think about agriculture like our grandparents’ farm,” says Kim McConnell, co-author of the paper titled “Alberta Agri-Food Futures.”
McConnell was requested to develop his preliminary ideas on the future of agriculture in Alberta that he proposed for the paper, and teamed up with Karen Spencer.
McConnell says the downside with the present notion of agriculture relies off of major agriculture solely and that the energy of agri-food industries in the province isn’t realized. Agribusiness, meals processing, and funding alternatives all symbolize main alternatives for jobs and financial development, in addition to potential to contribute to necessary shopper points like carbon seize or local weather change.
McConnell sees a scarcity of an industry champion as a stumbling block for agri-food industries. One other hurdle is having rather a lot of gradual rules, not to say that the industry ought to go backwards in phrases of requirements, however simply going at a faster tempo than the present one.
Many of the issues included in McConnell’s paper aren’t distinctive to Alberta, the points and alternatives mentioned are relevant to different provinces.
“Needless to say Alberta and the Prairies have some things that are maybe unique to us,” says McConnell. “We are definitely export focused versus maybe some of the other provinces, which are maybe a bit less.”
Hear the full dialog between McConnell and RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney beneath: