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Conference 2018

Friday February 23 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Abbotsford, BC

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Keynote Speaker: Kent Mullinix

Kent Mullinix is Director- Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Before joining KPU Mullinix held the Endowed Joint Chair in Pomology and was an Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University, and the Director of Agriculture Programs at Wenatchee Valley College. There he led the development of innovative and award winning undergraduate and technical agriculture education programs. Prior he was a fruit crops research specialist for the Universities of Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky. His research and extension work now focuses on ecologically sound crop production, agriculture education programming, bioregional food systems, and family-based agriculture revitalization, all as foundational and integral to sustainable society. Additionally Mullinix conceived and led the development of the B.A.Sc. Sustainable Agriculture degree at KPU and is now closely involved in its implementation. He also led the conceptualization and implementation of the Richmond Farm School and Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School. Mullinix is an Adjunct Professor in The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and Affiliate Faculty at Royal Roads University. He serves on the editorial board of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal and is an advisor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.

Mullinix attended the University of Missouri where he earned a B.S. in Agriculture (major horticulture- fruit and vegetable production), M.S. in Horticulture (Pomology) and Ph.D. in Agriculture Education (curriculum and program development, crop sciences and soil conservation). He also earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Plant Science (integrated pest management). He is a Professional Agrologist- British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

Mullinix has lived and worked on a diversified family farm in central Missouri, owned and operated (with his family for 15 years) a pear orchard on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, and for 14 years provided direct oversight for the planning, establishment and management of a 45 acre organically farmed apple, sweet cherry and peach teaching and demonstration orchard in north central Washington.

Title: Food Systems in a changing environmental, economic, and societal climate: our path to a sustainable food system future.

In this presentation we will examine the predominant social, economic and environmental outcomes of and factors impinging on the near and longer term sustainability of agriculture and our food system. Specific challenges, developments, and opportunities will be identified and discussed. All to inform our vision of and direct our way toward a robust, sustainable agriculture and food system future.

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