Priority Agricultural Pests of the Cariboo Region

Climate change is already influencing, and will continue to influence, the dynamics and impacts of agricultural pests in the Cariboo region. During the Cariboo Adaptation Strategy planning process of the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative, stakeholders identified a number of agricultural pests of concern. This process also highlighted a significant gap in regional monitoring.

Continue reading “Priority Agricultural Pests of the Cariboo Region”

Trees on Farms in British Columbia

This week saw the release of the 2016 Census of Agriculture data. It provided an opportunity to check up on the use of trees on British Columbia (BC) farms for production and conservation. Unfortunately, there are no statistics gathered to help us determine what management systems are employed. Hence, the numbers presented here represent the use of trees in a blend of conventional horticulture, farm forestry and agroforestry.

Continue reading “Trees on Farms in British Columbia”

New ALR Tree Planting Rules Gets it Right

I’m skeptical of most government policies. And I can be guilty of viewing most compromises as deals that are bad for all involved. But I was pleasantly surprised with the balance and good judgement that has been shown in the new regulations governing tree planting on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in British Columbia (BC).

Under the new regulations, property owners in the ALR will need to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to plant trees on properties larger than 20 hectares, if those trees are not intended for an accepted ALC farm use such as food production or agroforestry.

Continue reading “New ALR Tree Planting Rules Gets it Right”

New Home for Agroforestry BC Archives

It was my pleasure from 2004 to 2013 to facilitate the now defunct BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative. Which was also known as the ‘BC Agroforestry Initiative’, or simply ‘Agroforestry BC’ .

Until last month an archive of the projects completed under the Initiative were hosted on www.agroforestry.info. In a move of pure frugality I have shifted hosting to Google’s Blogger platform here:
http://agroforestry-update.blogspot.ca/

Here’s to keepin’ the agroforestry revolution alive in BC.

Ecological Services Initiative Review

Ecological goods and services (EGS) are the natural outputs and processes that create health, economic or social benefits. In British Columbia, as in many other jurisdictions, agricultural operations tend to occupy portions of the landscape both high in biodiversity and supporting key ecological functions. Agricultural lands have therefore become a focus for the development of payment for ecological services (PES) programs. These are used as a means to reward private-land stewardship that restores or maintains EGS.

The Ecological Services Initiative (ESI) was established in 2009 to demonstrate and test the concept of PES schemes for agricultural producers. As a next step to advance support of EGS from agricultural lands, the British Columbia Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp) undertook a strategic review of the ESI. This review explored options for the future support of EGS from agricultural lands in BC.

UPDATE: The Ecological Services Initiative is now known as the “Farmland Advantage” Project.

Access the review here.