b. There is a growing public expectation that agriculture meets high environmental standards, particularly given the fact that much farmland in BC is adjacent to streams and waterways, which play essential roles in habitat and water management. There are, for example, over 3,000 environmental farm plans completed in B.C. which go beyond what is required through legislation, and industry and government must work together on recognizing such initiatives.

c. The impact on farmers and ranchers operating in the ALR must be given higher consideration at the Federal/Provincial level when implementing measures such as recovery plans under the Species at Risk Act. More consideration and linkages with the initiatives outlined in „b‟ must be established, as well as putting mitigating factors such as compensation in place.

3. Other priorities for improving the viability of BC agriculture.
a. Develop business management programs that address long-term and short-term declines in farm/ranch revenues.
b. Encourage innovation and applied research to increase crop choices, decrease costs, and increase efficiency.
c. Develop a program to compensate farmers and ranchers for the public goods and ecological goods and services that ALR land provides.
d. Ensure the continuation of incentive-based programs to off-set costs that agriculture incurs in implementing environmental and food safety programs.
e. The future of farming in BC is young farmers. It is difficult to attract young farmers if the rewards for farming are not improved. And if no one wants to farm, how do we retain and even increase provincially grown food. What is the value of the ALR? Possible options are financial programs for new entrants and programs that promote agriculture as career choice.
f. Invest in a provincial branding program to increase the profile of BC‟s farmers and ranchers and the food they produce and grow.
Other Calls for an ALC Review:
There have been other calls to review aspects of the ALR. The government‟s own BC Agriculture Plan recognized the wide-ranging needs of farm and ranch families with respect to changing production requirements and the intergenerational transfer of farmland and therefore committed to reviewing the provisions of the Agricultural Land Reserve (page. 31). Similarly, the Ranching Task Force (page 13) provided direction to review aspects of the ALC and ALR:
 To consult on the criteria to be considered when assessing subdivision proposals meant to facilitate the intergenerational family transfer of active ranch operations.
 To consult on the development a protocol agreement between the ALC and UBCM to address issues associated with local government‟s authority under the ALC Act to not forward applications to the ALC. The objective here is to increase
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flexibility in dealing with restrictions such as non-farm uses, processing of agricultural products using more than 50% from off-farm sources and on-farm energy projects such as anaerobic digesters and wind farms
 To review the agricultural suitability of lands in the ALR in selected areas of the province to ensure that the ALR boundary accurately reflects lands with agricultural suitability.