Regina, SK – During Canadian Western Agribition, long-time agricultural champion and candidate for the Sask Party leadership race, Alanna Koch, outlined her agriculture policy.
“Over the past decade, Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry has experienced unprecedented growth. We have what the world wants. Growth of the global economy and international trade means Saskatchewan has an opportunity to become an even larger agricultural powerhouse,” said Koch. “Agriculture employs 50,000 people in our province and produces safe affordable food for people at home and around the world.”
In her policy platform, A Vision for 2030, Koch outlined her plan to build on Saskatchewan’s natural advantage as an agricultural producer, expand Saskatchewan’s international presence and work with the federal government to represent Saskatchewan’s interest. She will:
- Use science-based decision making to drive regulations and policy decision;
- Continue to partner with industry to invest in agricultural research;
- Develop a balanced regulatory framework that allows for agriculture development while recognizing the need for food safety and environmental oversight;
- Further develop the agriculture value-added sector to create additional markets for our products, provide jobs and GDP growth for our province; and
- Expand Saskatchewan’s international presence and create new global opportunities for Saskatchewan products.
Koch has been part of Canada’s and Saskatchewan’s agricultural industry for more than 30 years, has represented Saskatchewan on more than 20 trade missions to 13 different countries around the world and has negotiated multiple federal-provincial-territorial agreements. She owns and operates a grain farm at Edenwold with her husband, Gerry. Koch was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2011 for her work with the industry.
“As a farmer myself, I am fully aware of the challenges and opportunities of the agriculture industry. I am committed to the farmers, ranchers, researchers and the entire value chain that play such a vital role to the industry’s and province’s success,” Koch said. “A prosperous Saskatchewan agricultural industry means a strong and diversified Saskatchewan.”
Alanna will be attending Agribition throughout the week and is available for interviews.