In March 2011, the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society (SAEDS) and CSRD Shuswap Economic Development (CSRD-SED) held an Agriculture Discussion Group to engage local agriculture producers in a discussion on agriculture in the Shuswap region.
In attendance were agriculture producers from the various sectors of the industry (dairy farmers, produce growers, cattle ranchers, wineries, poultry producers, local government, and other agriculture organizations).
The SAEDS and the CSRD-SED were attempting to obtain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges for the agriculture industry in the Shuswap region and as business service organizations, how we could provide services that would assist agriculture industry businesses.
Our organizations also realized that any future agriculture initiatives pursued would have to be reflective of local needs and provide the most benefit to the end user – our local farmers.
The conclusions from this discussion group provided enough information to move forward with the development of a regional Shuswap Agriculture Strategy, to address the opportunities and challenges identified.