Agriculture is full of traditions and customs that are passed on from generation to generation on the farm. At the same time, the industry is changing immensely in front of our own eyes creating a very uncertain future. Even pre-COVID-19, agriculture had some real soul-searching to do to meet the challenges ahead in the agri-food industry.

Dr. Stanford Blade, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta wrote a column for the Hill Times discussing the five key issues facing Canada’s Agri-food industry and why they are so impactful.

According to Blade, “there’s no entitlement to the continued prosperity of our agri-food value chain,” which should force Canadians to think about past and future challenges immediately.

The key issues identified by Blade are:

  • food security;
  • new players;
  • daunting challenges;
  • recruiting new people; and,
  • research and innovation as investments, not costs.

Below, Shaun Haney and Stan Blade discuss these five key points and why Canada has some real thinking to do.  If you have any thoughts on Stan Blade’s list please send an email to [email protected] or call the RealAg listener line at 855-776-6147.

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