Agricultural survey seeks information on Langley Township’s agricultural sector
As climate change, flooding and the pandemic have left their mark on Langley’s farmland, the township is launching an investigation into its agricultural sector.
The goal for township officials is to gain a better understanding of local agriculture and the equine industry, as well as its true inventory, capacity and activities in the community.
To do this, the municipality is undertaking an agricultural inventory and sector capacity review.
Farm businesses located in the township are encouraged to complete a brief, confidential survey about the services they provide or the products they create, the resources they need, and the challenges they think they face.
The ultimate goal is to better position the Township to take into account the needs of the industry.
“Providing a welcoming business environment for agriculture is one of the four priority areas of the township’s 30-year agricultural sustainability strategy,” said Val Gafka, senior director of economic investment and development. “This project is all about connecting with our farming community. Gaining an understanding of agricultural businesses based in the township will enable our community to better manage and respond to future climate events and supply chain challenges, as well as identify other opportunities to promote buy local initiatives. and support the farming community.
Open until Monday August 15, the survey can be completed online at invest.tol.ca/AIS, by phone, mail or through in-person farm visits from the Township’s Economic Investment and Development team. All data collected from the survey will be managed by the township contractor MNP and summarized in a report to the municipality to ensure confidentiality.
The Agricultural Inventory and Sector Capacity Review project is funded through the Local Government Partnership Program, with funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs offered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.
Business owners can also drop by the Otter Co-op Feed Store (3548 – 248 Street, Langley) on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to chat with the Township project team and take the survey. Staff will be able to answer project questions and can help connect business owners with the business resources available to them.
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