Adapting to a changing climate will be one of the key factors to the future success of agriculture. Water conservation in farm settings should start with building the capacity of the land to capture and retain precipitation. Building soil tilth with organics, as well as, using agroforestry methods, are proven tools for water management.
Tree use statistics for production and conservation on BC Farms from the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Area planted to tree fruits and shelterbelts increasing. Forest product sales from farms up over 40%. Christmas tree plantings down, number of maple taps is up.
The new regulations governing tree planting in BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve finds the right balance between conservation and food security.
A strategic review of the Ecological Services Initiative / Farmland Advantage Program was completed to guide future support programs for ecological goods and services from agricultural land in BC.
Food production is worthy of some public funding, but don’t base that support on the total volume of output or the area in production, but rather the ratio of outputs to inputs and expand a framework supporting a transition to lower input costs without greatly sacrificing production levels.