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Knowledge Transfer Linkages & Initiatives - Jason Lussier, BC Ministry of Agriculture

An overview of knowledge transfer initiatives through the BC Ministry of Agriculture programs.

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Knowledge Transfer Linkages & Initiatives - Jason Lussier, BC Ministry of Agriculture

  1. 1. December 2019 Knowledge Transfer (KTT) Linkages and Initiatives
  2. 2. Overview and Definition Knowledge Transfer: activities that accelerate the transformation of knowledge into practice to improve the competitiveness and resiliency of the BC agriculture sector 2 • Organizational structure • Branches & Knowledge Transfer Linkages • Sector Development and AGRIServiceBC
  3. 3. Food Safety Experts Agrologists and Industry Specialists 3 Land-Use Planners and GIS Analysts Plant and Animal Health Experts Resource Specialists Market Development Managers Professionals and Expertise The Ministry has a dedicated staff that includes a diversity of highly trained professionals and technical experts that deliver programs, services and training across the Province.
  4. 4. Organizational Structure Ministry of Agriculture Agriculture Science and Policy Division Food Safety and Inspection Branch Plant and Animal Health Branch Corporate Governance Policy and Legislation Branch Business Development Division Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch Business Risk Management Branch Sector Development Branch 4
  5. 5. Food Safety and Inspection Branch Units and programs: Meat Inspection Program, Seafood Safety and Quality Unit, On Farm Food Safety Program, Post Farm Food Safety Program, Food Safety Extension Services Program, Identification and Mitigation of Emerging Food Safety Hazards. Knowledge Transfer linkages: • Food Safety Extension Services Program (training and education) • 58 inspectors throughout province provide information and knowledge-based support as part of inspection service – liaison between Ministry and meat and seafood producers – technical support for best practices and compliance with regulatory standards • Liaison with industry associations for issues management 5
  6. 6. Plant and Animal Health Branch Units and programs: Animal Health Center, Plant Health Unit, and Livestock Health Management and Regulatory Unit Knowledge Transfer linkages: • Laboratory analysis/veterinary diagnostic services • Applied research and monitoring of emerging pests • Manuals and training for small flock poultry, sheep and goat producers (biosecurity best practices) • Apiary inspection and support • Disease alerts and disease preparedness workshops 6
  7. 7. Corporate Governance, Policy and Legislation Units and Programs: Agriculture and Seafood Policy, Legislation, Intergovernmental Relations and Trade, Corporate Statistics and Research, Statistics & Corporate Program Management. Knowledge transfer linkages: • Engage and consult with industry on specific agriculture and seafood policy issues • Consult and support industry on market access challenges • Engage with industry on trade negotiations to support the development of a provincial position • Support education and outreach initiatives related to free trade agreement • Ensure the agriculture and seafood sector is informed and profiled using current, relevant and accurate statistics 7
  8. 8. Business Risk Management Branch Offers proactive Business Risk Management (BRM) products to help farming businesses protect themselves from severe financial loss events. Units and programs: BRM Policy and Program Development, AgriStability, Production (Crop) Insurance Program, Agriculture Wildlife Program, Western Livestock Price Insurance Program, BC Bred Heifer and Feeder Loan Guarantee Program, and AgriInvest. 8 Knowledge transfer linkages: • Education and outreach initiatives to aid individual producer’s with their BRM decisions. • Engage and consult with industry on BRM policy in support of provincial position development. • Engage commodity organizations on the design and operation of BRM products.
  9. 9. Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch Units and programs: Innovation, Strengthening Farming, Resource Management, and Market Development Innovation • Innovation Program (commercialization or adoption of practices, products processes and technologies that are “new “to BC) • Agriculture Venture Acceleration Program Strengthening Farming • Climate Change Adaptation Program builds adaptative capacity by developing farm-level toolkits/manuals and producer decision support tools and supporting on-farm research. • Traceability Knowledge Transfer provides funding to support to industry in learning about food traceability 9
  10. 10. Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch (con’t) Resource Management • Environmental Farm Plan training and support • Tools to help farmers secure agricultural water and adapt to changing environmental regulations of farm practices (i.e. BC Application Risk Management tool) 10 Market Development Cost-shared funding program supports marketing skills, training, market research and market development planning activities
  11. 11. Sector Development Branch • Partnerships and Outreach • Industry Development • Regional Development • AGRIServiceBC 11 “Works directly with the agriculture, food and seafood sectors in all areas of B.C. to build industry capacity
  12. 12. Partnerships and Outreach Unit Knowledge transfer linkages: • Knowledge Transfer program (45-50 targeted each year) • AGRIServiceBC workshops and webinars • BC Agri-Business Planning Program • BC Indigenous Agriculture Development Program • New Entrant Programing • Youth Development Programs 12
  13. 13. Industry Development Unit Knowledge Transfer linkages: • Liaison with industry to provide support to associations and producers to advance agriculture and food competitiveness. • Support industry councils and associations (research priorities, field days, conferences etc.) • Issues management and coordination with associations, academia and other agencies to mitigate challenges 13 • Aquaculture • Food processing • Marine Fisheries & Seafood • Beef (& Livestock) • Dairy and Pork • Berries • Tree fruit and Grape • Organics • Vegetables • Nursery & Greenhouse • Poultry • Agroforestry • Emerging Markets (cannabis, hemp, hazel nuts, plant-based proteins etc.)
  14. 14. Regional Development Unit Knowledge Transfer Linkages: • Regional leadership on emerging issues that are cross-commodity or interdisciplinary • Pathfinding and relationship building with regional partners • Collaboration with stakeholders to host KTT events/activities • Operationalize and inform industry strategies at a regional level 14
  15. 15. 15 “AGRIServiceBC connects farmers, food processors and new entrant to agriculture services, programs and information that the BC government offers to help them succeed.” What services are provided: • Online tools and resources for farmers • AGRIServiceBC Webinars Series • Information on funding sources • A pathway to connect to specialist and experts in your region
  16. 16. Questions? 16

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