Agri­cul­ture pol­icy well worth not­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

My grand­mother had her MLA on speed-dial, and for some rea­son, I’ve got too much to say too. For what it’s worth, and per­haps that’s not much, I have a few com­ments on the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture con­sul­ta­tion re­port. Given it might shape our agri­cul­ture pol­icy un­til 2023, it’s worth notic­ing.

First, the re­port notes there is a lack of pub­lic trust in agri­cul­ture. In­cred­i­bly, at least one per­son thinks the so­lu­tion is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­egy. Ap­par­ently the peo­ple that don’t like fish kills, pes­ti­cide drift or ni­trate con­tam­i­na­tion are just mis­in­formed. I imag­ine it’ll be more ef­fec­tive to ac­tu­ally solve those prob­lems.

Sec­ond, I agree that agri­cul­ture prac­tices should help cap­ture car­bon. There are many agri­cul­tural prac­tices that build top­soil, and it’s ex­cit­ing that the gov­ern­ment heard that those prac­tices ex­ist. Given how frag­ile our lit­tle sand­stone Is­land is, I hope that be­comes an im­por­tant pri­or­ity mov­ing for­ward.

Third, I don’t see the is­sue of suc­ces­sion plan­ning ad­dressed co­her­ently. There is a lot of in­for­ma­tion on mar­ket re­search and in­no­va­tion. How­ever, I’m left won­der­ing, will that re­search be aimed at cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple that ac­tu­ally want to be farm­ing in 2030? Will that re­search help to build op­por­tu­ni­ties that a new gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers is ac­tu­ally in­ter­ested in seiz­ing?

Fi­nally, I think we have many peo­ple to thank for hav­ing such a ro­bust agri­cul­tural in­dus­try on P.E.I. It’s a bless­ing, and solv­ing the un­in­tended prob­lems we have as a re­sult, is an op­por­tu­nity.

Randy Camp­bell, Char­lot­te­town

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