Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute weighs in on Census of Agriculture

The 2016 Census of Agriculture may not tell the whole story when it comes to what's happening in the Columbia Basin Boundary Region.

Sarah Breen is with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute.

She says the census showed the total amount of land being farmed is decreasing, and the total number of farms is shrinking...but she says there's an important story behind the stats, which is that interest in agriculture has been increasing in our region.

The Central Kootenay Food Policy Council is working with our local governments to amend policies where needed so that they better support food production, food access and the reduction of food waste in our region.

An interesting statistic, the age of farmers is increasing, with over 61% of our farmers being 55 years or older.