The Better Way for Agri-food Policy

The Alberta Government desires to better understand the role of its climate change policy and tools and policies that can be used to address adaptation and reduction in emissions by industry. The comments below reflect over 35 years of industry and business experience and some research findings that can be applied in the Alberta context. The focus on this submission is agriculture and food sectors but other comments are also included.
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Agriculture Master Plan – Strathcona County

Strathcona County is a specialized municipality within the Capital Region, and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in North America. Within it, agriculture has historically been a major economic activity. However, in recent years as Strathcona County experienced rapid residential, commercial and industrial growth, agriculture is perceived by most residents as having a lower priority. Nevertheless, agriculture continues to be the largest land user within Strathcona County. Although relatively small in terms of area in comparison to other agricultural counties in Alberta, Strathcona County continues to be a highly productive agricultural municipality ranking 6th (out of 69 municipalities) in
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Capital Region Board Growth Plan Update

The CRB addressed the preservation of agricultural land issue in 2009. The decision at that time was made to defer to the Province of Alberta who was in the process of developing the Provincial Land Use Framework. However this process failed to provide specific guidelines regarding agricultural lands. Consequently, the onus for agricultural land use polices remains with the municipalities
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AGRI-FOOD ALLIANCES WHICH WORK: COOPERATING TO COMPETE

This paper summarizes ways in which agriculture and food businesses work together for mutual benefit. These case studies are known to the author. Alliances can take several forms- from vertical coordination of a supply chain to a flexible business network to cooperative ventures.
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Options for Future Representation of Alberta’s Beef Industry

Our beef industry in Alberta is at a crossroads. We are faced with important decisions that will determine the future prosperity of our industry. Making the right decisions means we can seize the opportunity to make our industry stronger, more profitable. One of the keys steps to seizing these opportunities is to restructure our industry organizations in a way that better represents the entire beef production chain.
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Red Meat Market Assessment 2008

The purpose of the study is to learn from global developments and emerging trends within the livestock and meat industries and to determine how or if these trends can assist the Canadian industry in emerging from its current crisis. To this end, the project analyzes the current challenges facing the Canadian red meat industry and investigates global red meat trends. It also examine Canada’s place in international markets.
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Strategic Plan for the B.C. Pork Industry

This document presents a high level summary of the strategic direction for the B.C. Pork Industry. The summary is for the use of the British Columbia Pork Producers Association (BCPPA), the organization responsible for spearheading this initiative. In turn, it is our expectation that this document will be made available to the public at large as the BCPPA continues to promote the B.C. pork industry.
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