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Searchable food policy planning tool developed

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia has developed a new food policy planning tool to help local governments and other interested stakeholders easily cross-reference existing policies on a wide variety of topics from urban farm business licences to agricultural zoning.

Lack of time to research policy options was the motivation to create the database while others are using up resources to develop policy that could exist elsewhere.

The institute used funding from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. to develop an accessible database with more than 2,000 food system policy references from more than 50 cities, towns and communities.

Users can search policies according to topic, geographic properties, community demographics or policy type.

For more information, visit

Ag business award accepting nominations

Farm Management Canada is seeking to honour individuals or groups with the 2017 Wilson Loree Award. 

Nominations are required by Oct.13.

The award honours those who have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada. The organization encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that:

  • have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally 
  • have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers
  • have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential 
  • have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry More information is available at

Dairy education award nominations sought

The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar is seeking nominations for the John J. Kennelly Award of Merit. 

Nominations must be received by Sept. 1 to be eligible for consideration at the 2018 seminar.

The annual award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the areas of education, training, technology transfer and extension to the western Canadian dairy industry.

Nominations can be emailed to, faxed to 780-492-5771 or brought to the registration desk at the conference for consideration the following year.

For more information, email Kate Davies at or phone her at 780-492-3236.

Alta. food companies attend show in china

Six Alberta food companies recently participated in SIAL China 2017 in an effort to expand their business.

The companies were Abundant By Design, Canadian Rocky Mountain Beef, JBS Food Canada, Mountainview Distribution, Ocana Natural Food Company and Wild Rose Agriculture Investment Corporation. The Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta also attended.

SIAL China 2017, which was held in Shanghai, attracted a record 101,000 visitors and featured 3,200 exhibitors from 67 countries.

Five of the companies showcased and offered product samples in the Alberta Agriculture booth within the Canadian Pavilion.

For more information on the China market, contact senior trade and relations officer Rachel Luo at 780-422-7102.



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