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Agriculture conference to build connections ‘from farm to fork’ – Penticton Herald

February 20, 2024

Simona Rosenfield, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Cabin Radio 41 mins ago

“Agriculture is not a fast-turnaround sector. We can’t just go, OK, we’re going to change next year. You’ve got to develop systems, crops and land,” said Janet Dean, executive director of the Territorial Agrifood Association or TAA, the organization hosting the conference.

“We need to be able to forecast a little bit further out. We need to be far more proactive.”

On Thursday this week, the conference will begin with a forum focusing on growers. The scope broadens to other industry sectors on Friday, then the conference ends on Saturday with a hackathon to help inspire innovative solutions to some key issues in the industry, like making climate change work to the advantage of food growers.

Dean said there’s a common misconception that rising temperatures as a result of climate change will facilitate farming in the North, with extended growing seasons and bigger yields, when the truth appears more complicated.

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