Farmers, producers, new entrants and representatives from community groups, government and non-government organizations are working this week to improve food self-sufficiency in Newfoundland and Labrador at the fourth biennial Agriculture Symposium
Details on 'Our Food. Our Future – Growing Opportunities in Agriculture through Innovation and Collaboration' can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/ourfoodourfuture/biennial-research-symposium/overview/.
The Provincial and Federal Governments, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), are providing $74,674 for the symposium, which is focuses on building a sustainable and robust food system.
The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is partnering with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Food First NL and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture to host the event that is highlighting innovative research and initiatives, and provide information and networking opportunities to existing farmers and new entrants to inspire new and expanding agri-businesses.
Through CAP, the Provincial and Federal Governments will provide $37 million over five years to the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture and agri-food industry.
"Grenfell Campus and Memorial University as a whole remain committed to being a leader in research and development in the agrifoods industry," Dr. Kelly Vodden, associate vice-president, Research and Graduate Studies. "Drawing upon our research and teaching specializations in areas such as boreal ecosystems, agricultural and sustainability sciences, and environmental policy, our faculty, staff and students are providing scientific and policy advice to help meet the critical, shared objective of enhanced food self-sufficiency and sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Our Food Our Future biennial agriculture symposium is an important opportunity to share our collective and growing knowledge base and to advance our efforts move in this direction. "
Supporting agriculture also delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province's economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.
"Agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador has tremendous potential for growth," Honourable Gerry Byrne,Fisheries and Land Resources ". The symposium provides up-to-date and relevant agriculture industry information to stakeholders. With government's Way Forward commitment to increase food self-sufficiency this event will identify ways in which we can sustainably grow, diversify and market our local food while at the same time create jobs and increase economic activity."
"We are committed to work with the province, industry and academia to support science that contributes to the growth and development of Newfoundland and Labrador's agricultural sector," said Lawrence MacAuley, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Foods. "The symposium provides a great forum to highlight how innovative the industry truly is and our commitment to create better opportunities for producers and all Canadians through agricultural research and innovation."
Caption: Dr. Gary Kachanowski adresses the delegates at Our Food. Our Future.