Envisioning The Future of Farming and Food — Deb Stark


There are so many moving parts in the agriculture industry — shifting food trends eventually are mirrored in production changes, and evolving markets and economics drive policy changes. Behind all this change, however, are the people in leadership positions within agriculture. And, according to Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Deb Stark, women and men tend to push for different versions of change.

Shaun Haney spoke with Stark at the recent Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in Toronto, to discuss Stark’s take on how women and men lead differently, and the role social media has played and is playing in opening up new opportunities for women in agriculture. Stark also talks about the challenges of setting policy and direction for agriculture and food in a largely urban province.

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