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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

Editor's Notes

  • Mandate Supports the sustainability and prosperity of the agri-food, meat and seafood industries, while serving to protect the well-being of the people of the province; accomplished through education and awareness, inspection and regulatory compliance, surveillance, risk assessment, and development of policy, programs and strategies to address identified risks.

    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

  • Mandate: To diagnose, monitor, and assist in the prevention, control and management of plant and animal pests and diseases in B.C. through surveillance, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and the development of strategies to address identified risks.
  • Mandate: Leads the ministry’s policy and legislative development, assesses industry research and market trends, leads intergovernmental relations and the Seafood Secretariat, and evaluates the success of initiatives.

    -Engage and consult with industry on specific agriculture and seafood policy issues that may result in legislative change or other policy instrument change.
    -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 agreements.
    -Engage and consult with industry on specific policy and/or regulatory issues raised through federal, provincial and territorial meetings.
    -Ensure the agriculture and seafood sector is informed and profiled using current, relevant and accurate statistics

  • Mandate: Improves access to capital and enables investment by helping producers manage risks that cause income losses and lead to financial instability, including weather hazards, natural disasters, wildlife, diseases, pests and market declines.
  • Innovation
    Innovation Program supports industry and academia to research, pilot, commercialize or adopt practices, products, processes and technologies that are “new to BC”.
    Agriculture Venture Acceleration Program provides food and agritech SMEs with access to expertise, coaching and mentorship to grow their business and diversify products.

    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.
  • Mandate: Works to enhance agriculture, food and seafood sector growth, competitiveness, sustainability and adaptability. Provides expertise and support for innovation, domestic and international marketing, management practices that promote agriculture and food systems that are environmentally sustainable and productive, climate change adaptation, traceability, and creating and maintaining a positive regulatory climate with local government.

    Resource Management
    Producers can get appointments with ministry-trained Environmental Farm Plan Advisors to visit farms to address environmental risks, find efficiencies and increase profitability.
    Specialists and engineers co-design and develop tools with various clients to help farmers secure agricultural water and adapt to changing environmental regulations of farm practices.

    Market Development
    Market Development cost-shared funding program supports marketing skills training, market research and market development planning activities.
  • Mandate: Works directly with the agriculture, food and seafood sectors in all areas of B.C. to build industry capacity by supporting: business development, First Nations agriculture, youth development, farm succession, new entrants, and agroforestry.
  • “Comprised of professional and technical staff who provide frontline services in the areas of business knowledge development, youth development, and new entrants.”

    Knowledge Transfer Program – (45-50 targeted each year)
    AGRIServiceBC workshops and webinars (ex. Top 10 Farm Financial Mistakes and How to Avoid them”, “Cost of productions”)
    BC Agri-Business Planning Program – Specialized business planning support to enable producers and processors to make more informed decisions and strengthen their business, individuals apply and receive funding to work with an advisor
    BC Indigenous Agriculture Development Program - Supports initiatives to increase indigenous participation in the agriculture and agri-food sector, indigenous individuals or communities apply and receive funding to work with an advisor
    New Entrant Programing – In partnership with organizations such as Young Agrarians (land matching) and BC Young Farmers ( young farmer leadership capacity building)
    Youth Development Programing – In partnership with organizations such as 4-H and Agriculture in the Classroom
  • A team of 21 experienced Agrologist with diverse expertise who provide frontline services to regional clients and partners across the province to support economic development and production in the agriculture sector.
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