The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), a major hub for all things B.C. agriculture, has received a Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) community excellence award for Leadership and Innovation in Agriculture.
The award was presented today by Agriculture Minister Lana Popham at a UBCM breakfast reception in Vancouver.
“This award celebrates and recognizes progress and excellence in British Columbia agriculture,” said Popham. “Congratulations to the RDCO on making agriculture a top priority in your community. Your passion is contagious, and the B.C. government will continue to work with all local governments, and together, grow B.C. agriculture in communities throughout the province.”
The agriculture sector is a major economic driver in the Central Okanagan, with important links to tourism and manufacturing innovation. The RDCO created the Agriculture Support Program and works closely with the sector, providing economic development services including planning guides and one-on-one consultation.
The Okanagan Valley is approximately 200 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide and is located between the Columbia and Cascade mountain ranges in south central B.C. The soil, topography and hot, sunny, dry climate provide an ideal environment that supports agriculture production. From cherries and apples to award-winning wine, the Okanagan has it all, including a vibrant artisan community that produces cheese, meats, jams and honey.
The Leadership and Innovation in Agriculture applications were adjudicated by UBCM’s President’s Committee, sponsor representatives and professionals experienced and educated in the topics being evaluated.
Regional District of Central Okanagan: https://www.regionaldistrict.com/
Ministry of Agriculture, Farm Business Management: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/business-market-development/farm-business-management