2017 Conference Report
Agriculture and the environment are intricately linked within a complex ecosystem; with agriculture both depending on and impacting critical natural resources.
The Canadian agricultural sector is an important steward of the environment and has a major role to play in meeting today’s global sustainability goals that call for an even more efficient and climate-smart agriculture. This approach demands continuous research and development that must be strongly supported by strategic agricultural R&D and investment policies coupled with effective coordination of research efforts.
Researchers, government officials, industry representatives, agri-entrepreneurs and other agricultural research stakeholders came together on April 24-26 in Winnipeg at AIC 2017 Agricultural Innovation in a Changing Environment. The conference fostered important discussions about agriculture’s impact on the environment in a changing climate.
The 2017 Conference Report focuses on three key themes:
- Transforming Challenges into Opportunities: How can innovation minimize agriculture’s contribution to climate change?
- Building the Future on our Strengths: What support is available to advance Canada’s agricultural clean technologies?
- Shaping a Path Forward: How can we ensure the adoption of environmentally sustainable innovations?
The Report summarizes the conference panel presentations that explored how green growth in the sector can build on a strong scientific, evidence-based foundation and showcased world-class innovative research taking place across Canada. It also summarizes the feedback provided by Conference delegates in discussion sessions that took place at AIC 2017.AIC2017-Conference_Report