Agriculture Policies: What Farmers Want

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Agriculture Policies: What Farmers Want Webinar

On May 29, 2023, Alberta will elect a new provincial government. This webinar will provide an overview of the policy landscape leading up to the general election. We will discuss important legislation executed by the last two governments that held office and how they prioritized their spending for agriculture. Findings will also be presented of a recently conducted survey by the Simpson Centre to study how the priorities for producers in Alberta align with differing policy perspectives announced by major political parties.

Our invited panelist from Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission will comment on how policies can be designed to meet industry needs and emerging challenges. The discussion will focus on providing policy support for three key areas: improving productivity through BMP and AgTech adoption; meeting emission reduction targets while ensuring farm profitability and trade competitiveness; and addressing sustainability concerns of consumers in Canada and abroad to improve access to new markets.


  • Shawn Wiskar, Policy Analyst, Simpson Centre. Shawn is leading the Alberta Election Educations Program to study the agriculture policy landscape in Alberta and priorities of producers for the Ag sector.
  • Shannon Sereda, Senior Manager, Government Relations and Policy, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission. Shannon is an experienced government relations professional with a penchant for politics and the public policy process.

There is no cost to register. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues that may be interested.

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The Simpson Centre mobilizes research for better policymaking and decision-making to realize a more sustainable agricultural industry. Strengthening the sustainability of agri-food and agribusiness means increasing food production to feed a growing global population, while attending to social and health impacts and the natural environment. We connect researchers, everyday people, industry stakeholders and government actors to scientific issues critical to the future of Canada’s agricultural and food system.