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by ANGELA ABRAHAO, PETER MITHAM, JACKIE PEARASE & DAVID SCHMIDT


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agriculture, secondary residences and the profound disconnect between farmers, local government and the Agricultural Land Commission are emerging as common themes at townhall sessions the province launched in September to figure out how it can support farming in the Agricultural Land Reserve. The four-hour sessions


featured presentations by ALC chair Jennifer Dyson, CEO Kim Grout and assistant deputy minister of agriculture James


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HERDING HENS: It was game-set-match at Rabbit River Farms in Richmond on September 27 during the annual Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference. Speakers at the conference included Agricultural Land Commission CEO Kim Grout, who has had her own face-off with farmers, landowners and municipalities during a series of public meetings in October over recent and future changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve. PETER MITHAM PHOTO


Food hub funding boost


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developing food hub network received a $1.5 million boost on October 17. The funding, awarded to the successful proponents of a June 3 request for proposals, came during a visit BC agriculture minister Lana Popham made to Commissary Connect in Vancouver, which has served as the pilot project for the BC Food Hub Network. The funding will support


located in Port Alberni and Surrey. The Port Alberni Port Authority will run the facility there while Plenty & Grace Co. Ltd., which focuses on plant- based foods, will operate the hub planned for Surrey. The province previously announced a food hub in Quesnel. An announcement


regarding a food innovation centre at the UBC campus in Vancouver is expected this fall. The innovation centre will focus on research and development activities. The BC Food Hub Network


is backed by $8.3 million in provincial funding, to be spent over three years. To date, the initiative has allocated more than $2.75 million. An additional nine feasibility studies have been funded for regional food hubs in Salmon Arm, Summerland and the Kootenays, as well as Deep Bay on Vancouver Island. This summer, the province announced $250,000 to support feasibility studies for projects in five more locations. Those locations have not been announced.


The agricultural news source in British Columbia since 1915 NOVEMBER 2019 | Vol. 105 No.11


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