RealAg LIVE! with Alanna Koch on leading in agriculture


When your family is heavily involved with agriculture and politics, you’re sure to have some involvement in either of those areas; or for our guest today, a combination of the two.

Alanna Koch, board chair for the Global Institute for Food Security and leader in agriculture, joins us for today’s RealAg LIVE!

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  • Time spent in politics?
  • Great experience running for leader of the Saskatchewan Party
  • What were some of the challenging issues or files worked on while in government?
  • Approach to agriculture?
  • Sask’s Ministry of Ag, Sask Crop Insurance changed their approach eventually
  • Farmers and industry doing what they do best, and government getting out of the way
  • Having natural conversations
  • Public trust, building it, maintaining it
  • What would you do differently regarding that public trust conversation?
  • Adequate funding for organizations that are working on the public trust component
  • We didn’t see COVID-19 coming, what would you have done differently if faced with it in a leadership position?
  • The federal government has failed us. We’re behind in vaccine supply and the rollout program. Provinces have tried to pick up the pieces
  • What started your interest in policy and politics? Growing up in a politically active family, door knocking, debate club
  • It’s a thankless job y’all
  • Being a policy nerd, in a good way
  • Koch grew up on a dairy/grain farm, went into the College of Agriculture
  • Optimistic about the future of global ag trade and Canada’s place in it?
  • Being on boards
  • Editor of the 25th and 50th anniversary Wheat Board books
  • Advice for anyone starting out in politics or policy?
  • Global Institute for Food Security? Formed in 2012. Public-private partnership for securing food, globally. The mission now is to see a world where everyone has access to food
  • How to define food security? And throughout the pandemic?
  • How would you define your leadership style?
  • Biggest challenges for agriculture and what are you most excited for?

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