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The province is calling for the public's feedback on how to encourage farming and protect farmland throughout British Columbia.
 
Input is being welcomed on how to support farmers and ranchers in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in expanding and diversifying their businesses, help establish new farmers and ensure there is flexibility for residential options while prioritizing agriculture. 
 
All residents can have their say from now until Nov.15 by submitting online feedback or attending one of the public meetings held throughout the province, including one in Kelowna on Oct. 10. 
 
B.C. minister of agriculture Lana Popham says it is essential B.C.'s agricultural industry continues to thrive in the light of issues like climate change and rising land prices.
 
"Helping farmers, protecting farmland and increasing food production are top priorities for our government, and we want to continue the momentum we've created - it's driving the success of this sector in our province. Our government is working hard to expand B.C.'s agriculture industry. We are increasing access to locally grown and raised food, and helping rural communities diversify their economies and create sustainable jobs."
 
The six in-person focus sessions will focus on the purpose for recent government changes to strengthen the ALR and gathering input from attendees. 
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