The Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta or AFC
has been part of the province's agricultural sector since 1994. It's main role is to help individuals and companies bring new ideas and products to market, and to foster innovation throughout Alberta agricultural sector. It even offers grant writing assistance and project management advice and support. The non-profit's membership is varied and includes leading academic institutions such as the University of Lethbridge, Olds College, and Lakeland College. There is also strong representation from industry and from producer organizations such as Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association and the United Farmers of Alberta. The AFC Board of Directors
includes a couple of names familiar to the Genome Alberta family - Barry Mehr and David Bressler.
This year the AFC is part of the Alberta delegation at BIO 2016 here in San Francisco and is represented by Branko Jankovic who will be familiar to BIO Radio listeners in his past role with CEAPRO. He's now Project Manager for AFC's Functional Foods and Bioactives Network.
We met in the lower level of the Moscone Center before the convention was fully underway. Here's our conversation.