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Farmland protection to be discussed at provincial government meeting in Prince George

B.C. wants opinions on encouraging stronger agriculture
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(via Glacier Media)

If you’re a farmer in Prince George and in the north-central region, the province is hoping to hear your thoughts on how it can better support your practice.

The B.C. government is hosting an open session next month in the northern capital about growing farming in the province and how to protect agriculture, a key industry in western Canada.

“Helping farmers, protecting farmland, and increasing food production are top priorities for our government, and we want to continue the momentum we’ve created – it’s driving the success of this sector in our province,” said B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham in a news release. “Our government is working hard to expand B.C.’s agriculture industry. We are increasing access to locally grown and raised food, and helping rural communities diversify their economies and create sustainable jobs.”

The Prince George meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Coast Inn of the North from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Opinions and comments are wanted on any of the following challenges the province has observed:

  • Supporting farmers and ranchers in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to expand and diversify their businesses
  • Helping new or young farmers become established on the land and in business
  • Ensuring there is flexibility for residential options, while prioritizing agriculture in the ALR

“Farmers are facing increased risks and unpredictability related to climate change, rising land prices and pressure to use farmland for non-farm activities,” also reads the release. “Input is needed so the agriculture industry in B.C. can continue to grow and thrive.”

Those who can’t make the in-person session are asked to participate via online feedback on the government’s website.

The farmland engagement period begins today (Sept. 19) and runs until Nov. 15, 2019.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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