Farmland is a renewable resource that feeds generation upon generation if treated with care. Sustaining this resource is critical if we are to feed a growing world, and with fourteen percent of the Earth’s land surface already producing crops and twenty-five percent in forage, every hectare counts. Here in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, hundreds of crops are grown on some of the world’s most productive farms. Abbotsford is Canada’s most economically productive farm community, adding 800 million dollars in farm sales each year to the economy.
At the Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI) at the University of the Fraser Valley, we work to support and steward this critical resource both regionally and abroad. We conduct policy research to support the farm sector and support applied research into the crops of tomorrow. Though the agricultural sector faces pressures as diverse as land speculation and a changing climate, together we can keep our farms productive for a healthy, prosperous and delicious future.