Welcome to the Official Website of the
Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food

Many people are concerned with how the current provincial government is handling agriculture in British Columbia.

Faced with the reality that the government refuses to form an all-party agriculture committee, we have taken it upon ourselves to create the non-partisan Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food.

The Committee is comprised of six Members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Five are Members of the Official Opposition and one is an Independent Member.

Our goal is to bring the values, ideas and concerns of farmers -- and other leaders in the food industry -- directly to the B.C. Legislature.

We have already held day-long meetings in Vancouver (UBCM), Chilliwack, Williams Lake and Courtenay. We’ve heard from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders, ranging from the Executive Director of the B.C. Agriculture Council, the Chair of the B.C. Dairy Farm Association, Municipal and Regional Councillors, policy experts and academics to small, medium and large-scale farmers, ranchers, producers and processors. 

It is our intention to listen carefully to what people have to say about how agriculture can be strengthened in the province and to bring these views, insights and inspiration into the B.C. Legislature. To that end we completed and tabled a First Report in November 2015 and will be completing a Final Report in the Fall of 2016. 

Warm regards,

Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South & Committee Chair
Vicki Huntington, MLA Delta South & Committee Vice-Chair

Opposition Committee hears agricultural concerns in Kelowna



MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2016

Opposition committee hears agricultural concerns in Kelowna

Kelowna, B.C. – The Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food heard from farmers, food security and labour advocates last week that more work needs to be done to support, protect and promote B.C. agriculture.

“Hearing from the presenters in Kelowna confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt how important it is for this Committee to continue our work. Farmers and leaders in the food industry are raising critical issues that have been ignored for far too long,” said MLA and Committee Chair Lana Popham. “We heard from producers about many of the challenges they face, and the breadth of policy proposals they put forward shows that the government should be doing a lot more to support local food production.”

Media Release: Opposition Committee hears agricultural concerns in Cranbrook



MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2016

Opposition committee hears agricultural concerns in Cranbrook

Cranbrook  The Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food heard from farmers, ranchers, and food security advocates that the government has a responsibility to work in partnership with the food community to improve the conditions required to promote local food.

“Today we heard loud and clear that the East Kootenays can produce an abundance of food and there is potential to do even more with the right policies in place,” said MLA and Committee Chair Lana Popham. “We heard from producers about many of the challenges they face, and far too many of those challenges are hurdles placed in their way by government policy or inaction."

Opposition Agriculture and Food Committee to host meeting in Cranbrook


For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016

Opposition agriculture and food committee to host meeting in Cranbrook

VICTORIA The Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food is hosting a meeting in Cranbrook on June 14 from 9 to 12 p.m. to give local stakeholders an opportunity to discuss ideas about agriculture, food and food security with elected officials of the B.C. Legislature.

Opposition Agriculture and Food Committee to host meeting in Kelowna

For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016

Opposition agriculture and food committee to host meeting in Kelowna

VICTORIA The Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food is hosting a meeting in Kelowna on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to give local stakeholders an opportunity to discuss ideas about agriculture, food and food security with elected officials of the B.C. Legislature.

Chilliwack June 2015: From the Highlight Reel