This video is of a panel discussion I partipated in looking at agricultural water policy in the Cariboo and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. The panel discussion was part of a series on agricultural water policy challenges in a changing climate.
A strategic review of the Ecological Services Initiative / Farmland Advantage Program was completed to guide future support programs for ecological goods and services from agricultural land in BC.
Natural resource management policy debates are increasingly an advocacy-driven process that leaves out producers reluctant to embrace social media.
For many producers trying to navigate their agroforestry enterprise into uncharted waters, the lack of clear support networks and regionally relevant information, infrastructure, financing outlets and government policies, can feel like they are perpetually fighting a head wind.
Continually characterizing agroforestry as novel seems like politico-speak for “we’ve ignored this issue along time and so we’re going to pretend we just discovered it.” It’s time to move past talk and more substantively into action. We need leaders – political, academic and industry – who will understand and vocalize agroforestry as a land use for the NOW and not just the future.