Keywords Client Client type Sector Project type Program Region Date
Project Client Client Type Sector Project Type Program Region Date
BC Buy Local Market Expansion of North of 49 Natural Quality Products (BL160) North of 49 Naturals Inc. Corporation Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program BC-wide 2017

North of 49 Naturals manufactures stabilized fruit and vegetable based products into powders and value-added consumer-ready products. Using Buy Local funding, they were able to successfully launch new fruit and vegetable powder products as well as a berry care line and vegetable pate. After a series of marketing activities that included new promotional materials, in-store demos, participation at Farmers’ Markets and a social media campaign, North of 49 was able to increase online sales to over $8,000 in the first quarter and have expanded their market share from 80 stores to over 100. ($20,729)

Organika Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes and Organika Goutrin Market Expansion (BL132) Organika Health Products Inc. Corporation Health Products & Nutraceuticals Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program BC-wide 2017

Funding for advertising, social media, in-store promotions and consumer and trade shows allowed Organika to directly connect with consumers and educate them on the local origins and health benefits of Organkia products. Following their campaign they have experienced revenue increases of 12.36% for Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes and 29.72% for Goutrin, which aid in digestion and pain, respectively. ($12,218)

Bringing Local, Organic Fairly Traded Tea to Cafes and Homes Across BC (BL069) Nu-Tea Company Ltd. Corporation Beverage Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program BC-wide 2017

This campaign aimed to promote and grow the awareness and demand for Tega Tea, a local fairly traded product of BC. Tega Teas are recognized for their unique packaging and high quality, certified organic ingredients that are ethically sourced. This project developed point-of-sales materials to communicate the brand as BC’s locally manufactured fairly-traded tea and enabled the company to participate in BC consumer trade shows. With the help of distribution partners, presentations were also made to wholesale and retail stores and sampling campaigns were held at Save-On-Foods. ($9,750)

Fresh, Local, Organic Pre-Packaged Salad Greens with High Nutritive Value (BL188) Athena Farm Holdings Ltd. dba Similkameen River Organic Farm Corporation Organics, Vegetables: Field Grown Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2016

Organic vegetable producer Athena Farm operates exclusively upon the buy local business model, selling directly to consumers and through retail partners within 100 miles of the farm. With Buy Local funding they were able to take their regional distribution focus to the next level, launching a BC Buy Local Call to Action to educate consumers on the benefits of fresh, local and organic products, including the introduction of an App for consumers and a social media campaign to increase brand recognition. As a result of their project, Athena Farm was able to increase the number of retail chains carrying their products, as well as substantially grow their online following. ($74,000)

Local Resident Mail-Out Campaign (BL182) Duncan Farmers’ Market Not-For-Profit Farmers' Markets, Pan Agriculture Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2017

The Duncan Farmers’ Market (DFM) is a large year-round market, with many farmers relying on DFM sales as their primary income. When the DFM decided to transition to an outdoor venue in 2013, many locals were unaware of the shift. The promotional goals of this marketing campaign were to increase winter sales by emphasizing to the local community that the DFM is still a year-round market, and to highlight the importance of agri-foods to encourage more farmers to participate in the market all year. The mail-out campaign was targeted to residents within 50kms of downtown Duncan and included a ‘buy local’ call to action. The campaign proved highly effective with the public, as the DFM Information Tent saw a rise in the number of visitors to the market (many of whom brought their market coupons from the mail-out). Data collection further indicated that the attendance of new visitors to the market raised 19% and that vendor sales increased from 4%-12% by the end of the project. ($5,708)

Increasing Sales of BX-Press Ciders Within Strategic British Columbia Markets (BL173) The BX Press Inc. Corporation Beverage Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Thompson-Okanagan 2017

The BX Press is a third-generation apple orchard located in Vernon, BC. In 2013, BX Press opened a cidery on the farm to utilize a portion of their crop for the production of hard cider, bringing them significantly improved returns on fruit that would have otherwise been discarded due to aesthetic damage. This project focused on strengthening existing marketing efforts to generate word-of-mouth in the North Okanagan marketplace. With the assistance of Buy Local funding, BX Press increased both product sales and the number of accounts through liquor stores in the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and Vancouver. An online store was also established to facilitate direct-to-consumer sales and streamline the administrative order and payment process. BX Press’ “branch to bottle” producers were happy to find that the project helped them sell larger quantities of cider in less time than in previous years. ($10,903)

BC Buy Local Market Expansion of Alpha Health Premium Products (BL166) Alpha Health Products Ltd./Assured Natural Distribution Inc. Corporation Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program BC-wide 2017

Alpha Health is an industry leader in premium-quality edible oils and has popularized virgin Coconut Oil in Canada. With Alpha’s DME Coconut Oil recognized as the top product in the market, this project aimed to expand their market share by emphasizing not only its reputation for quality, but that it is also locally processed and packaged in BC. Additionally, the project sought to introduce their new vegan hot chocolate mix into the BC market through a combination of in-store demos, promotional materials, advertising and social media activities. Newly acquired by Assured Naturals during the course of the project, the focus shifted to ensure that all key products meet requirements of being sustainable, local, fair trade, and organic as much as possible. Despite these changes, sales increased by 5% in stores and relationships continue to expand with current retailers. ($26,260)

Bitters for Culinary and Attracting Consumers to Bartending with Bitters (BL217) Kale & Nori Culinary Arts Inc. dba Bittered Sling Corporation Beverage Processing, Wine / Spirits Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

Bittered Sling Extracts (BSE) introduced a trademarked line of cocktail bitters and culinary extracts, now used in artisan cocktails and professional kitchens. With 6 ‘year-round’ and 9 ‘seasonal’ flavours, these extracts are produced with BC ingredients, and are primarily distributed to boutique and fine food retailers, restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across Canada. This project focused on reaching out to the BC consumer market through various in-person and online activities, including events, retail tastings, social media, PR efforts, and website improvements. Also incorporated into all campaign efforts was educating both online and offline audiences on how to use BSE products in both cocktail and culinary applications. This project successfully increased BSE’s online presence, as well as its physical presence at partner retail and liquor stores across BC. With new marketing materials enhancing the products as ‘Made in BC’, many BC consumers saw the benefits of purchasing these local products. BSE enjoyed connecting with their public in the Lower Mainland and found resulting sales in BC surpassed their expectations. ($12,638)

Ensuring Amblyseius Fallacis Supply for BC Berry Growers (INN152) Applied Bio-nomics Ltd. Corporation Berries Pest / Disease Management, Research, Technology Development GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2017

Neoseiulus (Amblyseius) fallacis is the only organo-phosphate resistant predatory mite that can control two-spotted spider mite (which became a problem due to the re-introduction of previously banned organo-phosphates to combat spotted-wing drosophila). Current commercial production methods that involve rearing N. fallacis as predators of two-spotted spider mite are both time-consuming and expensive. This project proposed to research and identify a storage mite as an alternative host prey for N. fallacis. Although a rearing system for N. fallacis was not fully developed, Applied Bio-nomics Ltd. (ABL) is confident that there is strong potential for the development of rearing technology for N. fallacis. Their research also showed that one of the species of grain mite is an especially strong candidate as a rearing host. A publication in a peer-reviewed article presents the results of the research available to ABL, the other biological control companies, and the biological control research community. ($167,143)

The Merits of Establishing a Canadian Red Raspberry Council (SP219) Raspberry Industry Development Council Industry Association / Organization Raspberries Research Safety Net BC-wide 2017

In a previous IAF project, the Raspberry Industry Development Council demonstrated grower support for the establishment of a National Red Raspberry Council. Since the initial proposal was submitted in 2012 with 2010 data, there have been significant changes to the raspberry industry. Today’s data shows that the Canadian raspberry market share is being increasingly filled by imported raspberries. Consequently, this project aimed to present data on the importance of establishing a National Red Raspberry Council that will be authorized to collect levies on imported and domestic, fresh and processed raspberries. A public hearing was held with the Farm Products Council of Canada to discuss the long-term viability of the Canadian Red Raspberry Council and update members on the development of the Canadian raspberry industry over the past 15 years. The Council concluded that at this time there is not enough demonstrated interest from producers and importers, but that there is potential for further support in the future. ($3,088)

Increasing awareness, interest and consumer purchase of BC Buy Local – Wild Salmon Candy, Traditional Canned Salmon, Smoked Salmon retort pouches – in the Okanagan region (BL236) Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprise First Nations Aquaculture, Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Thompson-Okanagan 2017

Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises (OAE), through the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), supports the sustainable development of the local fisheries sector to strengthen competitiveness and add value to products within the Thompson-Okanagan region. ONA’s regionally specific brand Okanagan Select (sockeye salmon) was introduced to the market in 2013. The OAE has seen a steady increase in revenue thanks to Buy Local funding that enabled them to increase their presence at farmers markets (Similkameen Valley, Penticton, Kelowna Farmer’s Markets, and the Summerland Farmers Market) and launch a buy local social media campaign. Okanagan Select products are also now available in more up-market retail stores, restaurants, and local food retail outlets. Project funding ultimately allowed the OAE to successfully introduce their products into an incredibly competitive market and increase their sales revenue by 45% over the previous year. ($2,415)

Collect Experiences Not Things With the NEW Dead Frog (BL202) Dead Frog Brewery Agri-Business Wine / Spirits Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Fraser Valley 2017

Dead Frog Brewery focuses on brewing innovative and creative craft beers. This project aimed to produce a variety of dedicated marketing campaigns as tools to increase sales volume, brand awareness, and presence in government and private stores across the province. With a successful redesign of the core brew packaging, multiple in-store tastings, beer festivals and shows, radio ads, and exposure in Taste Magazine, Dead Frog managed to increase sales volume by 52% and sales revenue by 57%, as well as raising store numbers and website traffic substantially. ($60,981)

Gramma Dees: Made in BC Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options (BL211) Gramma Dee’s Gourmet Snacks Agri-Business Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

With 100% of their products processed and packaged in BC, funding from the Buy Local Program was the perfect fit for Gramma Dees to increase exposure for their gluten-free and vegan product lines. Adding the Buy Local identifier to product labels, updating their website to include an online store, and increasing in-store demos helped the Langley-based business boost their sales revenue, with product orders doubling and tripling from some of their more established buyers. ($11,333)

Big Ds Bees Launches Pumpkin Spice Honey and Pumpkins at Pumpkin Fest (BL247) Big Ds Bees Honey Agri-Business Apiculture, Food Processing, Other Crops Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2017

As a commercial Bee Keeping and Honey Distribution Company, Big Ds Bees Honey is sold at major grocery chains, health food stores, and farmers markets across Vancouver Island. Funding from the Buy Local Program assisted with the launch of the all-new Big Ds Pumpkin Spice Honey during the 4th Annual Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest in 2016. Along with the promotion of the new product, this project aimed to promote the unique varieties of pumpkins grown during Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest. The increase in brand recognition led to increased sales in grocery stores and ample positive feedback from customers. Following the huge success of the Pumpkin Spice Honey launch, it will continue as a seasonal favourite for customers to enjoy. ($9,266)

#BlendLocal (BL248) The Good Stuff Brands Inc. Corporation Crop Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

The Good Stuff is a Vancouver-based company that takes local, organically grown vegetables, superfoods, and fruits, and combines them in frozen blender-ready packages. The aim of the project was to create a feature video embedded in The Good Stuff’s website. In addition to exceeding the revenue, sales, and website traffic targets, the film has also helped establish product awareness and industry understanding, while communicating the benefits of using local ingredients to the consumer. ($5,000)

DNA-Based Detection of Commercial Truffle Species in Truffle Orchards (SP239ES) Truffle Association of BC Industry Association / Organization Other Crops Demonstration, Research Agri-Food Futures Fund BC-wide 2017

The Truffle Association of BC is a group of producers, mycologists and agrologists dedicated to the commercial truffle industry. This project addressed the ongoing challenge of detecting and monitoring truffle fungi during orchard establishment. The goal of this project was to develop a DNA-based diagnostic tool that would help truffle growers determine which species of truffle(s) were successfully colonizing new truffle orchards, using field-collected samples from established BC truffle orchards. These diagnostic tools will allow growers to better manage and monitor the establishment of new orchards, and the specific nature of the DNA-based system, so growers can identify which truffle species are naturally occurring and which desirable species are present on tree-stock. With the conclusion of this project, researchers successfully demonstrated that truffle species could be detected directly from soil samples using molecular diagnostic tools. ($9,500)

Integrated Management of Fruit Tree Cankers (A0751) BC Tree Fruits Cooperative Industry Association / Organization Tree Fruits Demonstration, Process Development / Refinement, Research Safety Net BC-wide 2017

A challenge facing the BC tree fruit industry is the sustainable production of high quality fruit, and one of the contributing issues is the underproduction of fruit blocks as a result of tree cankers. The objective of this project was to develop an integrated approach to the management of canker control options prior to pursuing label extensions of registrations by the pesticide companies. This project identified the most effective cultural, biological and chemical control options, which will be integrated into a management strategy. This strategy will facilitate the sustainable production of high quality fruit by the minimization of production losses due to poor tree health and post-harvest decay. ($125,063)

Food & Beverage Processing Industry Sector Overview/SME Economic Impact Study (AF014-A142) BC Food Processors Association Industry Association / Organization Beverage Processing, Food Processing Research Agri-Food Futures Fund BC-wide 2017

The Food and Beverage Processing (FBP) industry is the leading Canadian manufacturing sector, in terms of value added, and is the largest manufacturing employer in the country. This project identified that a better understanding of BC’s unique FBP sector will help prioritize how the industry utilizes this information to enhance its growth and profitability. The goal of the project was to provide the industry with better economic understanding, which would in turn provide the FBP industry with the information needed to develop related strategies, programs, and policies on the growth and competitiveness in the sector. The Economic Impact Study was released in the fall of 2016 and the feedback received by the industry was very positive. Since its release, the Study has been used as a key resource for the BCFPA’s Strategic Planning sessions and as the basis of an industry Need Assessment and three year Industry Outlook. ($35,000)

Swan Conference Panel Discussion re Swans and Agriculture Working Together (AF021-001AE-SP) Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Not-For-Profit Pan Agriculture Environment & Energy Agri-Food Futures Fund Vancouver Island 2017

As the number of wintering swans has increased, so has the number of concerns from farmers regarding the large amounts of hay fields consumed by swans. The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society and Cowichan Valley Naturalists hosted the 2016 Trumpeter Swan Society’s 24th annual swan conference where a panel discussion and farm tour was held so that participants could gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced and develop a plan beneficial for both swans and farmers alike. Since the conference, next steps are underway to establish a working group to bring farmers and conservationists together to incorporate some of the ideas that were discussed at the forum and farm tour. The Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust and the Ducks Unlimited Comox models will be used to help introduce practices and programs to alleviate some of the losses faced by farmers in the Cowichan Valley. ($2,304)

Improving Quality Through Real Time SOP Management (INN298) 1007918 BC LTD. DBA SOP Software Systems Corporation Beverage Processing Commercialization / Adoption GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Thompson-Okanagan 2017

As quality standards continue to rise for agri-businesses, paper-based record keeping is no longer efficient. This agri-innovation project developed a SOP (standard operating procedure) platform designed to meet the needs of small to mid-sized beverage manufacturers, offering them an affordable and efficient method for managing tracking and integrating production SOP with compliance, traceability requirements and retail sales. ($79,750)

Use of Aerial Imagery for Tree Fruit Orchard Mapping (INN307SP) Summerland Varieties Corp. Corporation Tree Fruits Pilots / Demonstration GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Thompson-Okanagan 2017

Summerland Varieties Corp. partnered with Hummingbird Aerial Surveys to test the effectiveness of using unmanned aerial systems (UAV) with remote sensing capabilities to quickly and cost effectively map tree fruit orchards in the Okanagan Valley. The objectives of the project included: accurately counting the number of apple and cherry trees in the orchard; correctly identifying apple and cherry varieties; and characterizing tree vigour and crown density. This process demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of using UAVs and aerial imaging in tree fruit orchards, and established that aerial imagery is a viable and potentially powerful means of assessing tree vigour and canopy density in both apple and cherry orchards. ($10,000)

Buy Local Program for Asti Holdings 2016-2017 (BL225) Asti Holdings Ltd. Corporation Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

Located in New Westmister, Asti Holdings is in its third generation of producing quality Honey Almond Nougat, Chocolate Coated Honey Almond Nougat and Jube Nougat products. The goal of this Buy Local project was to build brand awareness for the complete Nougat line through advertising in print, on buses, at demos, and on social media. As a result of the marketing campaign, Asti Holdings saw a 25% increase in sales, accompanied by an overall revenue increase of 10%. The demos also drew large crowds and were all very successful in surpassing sales expectations. ($30,265)

Increased Foot Traffic to the Driediger Farms Market (BL224) Driediger Farms Ltd. Corporation Berries Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

Driediger Farms Market sells fresh and frozen berries along with local products made from their berries and other local BC food products. The Market sees over 75,000 guests annually with the majority of visitors from the Lower Mainland. Through new signage and radio and television advertising funded by the Buy Local Program, the Farm was able to increase visitor traffic; increase sales volume by 20%; work with more value chain partners; increase sales with existing partners; and expand product listings to include more remote areas of BC. ($56,675)

Gaining Entry to Japan for BC Cherries (A0777) BC Cherry Association Industry Association / Organization Cherries Demonstration, Research Safety Net BC-wide 2017

In an effort to gain access to the Japanese market, the BC Cherry Association (BCCA) undertook this project to address concerns from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), by demonstrating that BC cherries are not infested with codling moth (cydia pomonella) in orchards. Following the protocol established by MAFF, the project consisted of a Wearing Survey in the first year followed by a Pilot Test in the second, and ultimately demonstrated that codling moth does not infest BC cherries at population densities found in commercial cherry orchards. With the submission of the report, the BCCA has successfully fulfilled all conditions and potentially removed one of the last and largest barriers to opening trade between the two countries. The BCCA now awaits a decision from MAFF on the acceptance of these results. ($38,890)

Raising Brand Awareness by Engaging the Community and Forming Hospitality Partnerships (BL221) Averill Creek Vineyard Agri-Business Beverage Processing, Grapes / Viticulture Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2017

Averill Creek Vineyard, located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, produces premium quality estate wines. Already well known in its home region, this project used Buy Local funding to expand brand awareness into a larger BC market – particularly Greater Vancouver and Victoria. Through increased radio, online and print campaigns, and participation in farmers’ market events, Averill Creek managed to achieve a 41% increase in wine sales, raised awareness of their Pinot Noir and Brut products, and attracted more visitors to the winery. ($10,985)

Local Market and Product Expansion of Petkov Kiwi Production (BL210) Petkov Kiwi Production Agri-Business Berries, Crop Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

A producer and processor of kiwifruit in White Rock since 2008, Petkov Kiwi Production initiated a project to enhance production capacity, increase the market share of both their kiwifruit and processed jams, and expand their product lines. With the help of Buy Local funding, Petkov was able to update their website, create promotional materials and develop new packaging for all products, helping to increase brand awareness with BC shoppers and boost sales even before project completion. ($8,895)

Nitric Oxide Releasing Solution: A Novel Non-Antibiotic Alternative for the Treatment of Bovine Mastitis (INN274) Bovicor Pharmatech Inc. Corporation Dairy Cattle Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2017

Mastitis is widely recognized as the most costly disease to dairy farmers, due to both reduced salable milk production and treatment cost. Nitric oxide (NO) is a naturally occurring antimicrobial nanomolecule that is produced in mammals and delivered in the form of nitric oxide releasing solution (NORS). NORS is being evaluated for the prevention of Bovine Respiratory Disease and is a promising treatment for mastitis. Using Agri-Innovation funding, this project aimed to demonstrate the following: in-vitro effect using infected milk of NORS on mastitis related pathogens; the safety and bioavailability of NORS at different concentrations to dairy cows; the safety of delivering NORS to sick animals; and a signal efficacy of NORS to treat mastitis using an induction model with S. Aureus. The results, published in the “Journal of Dairy Science,” confirmed that NORS has a bactericidal effect on bacteria associated with mastitis. The project demonstrated preliminary safety data that supported delivery of the drug to the udder, but further research is needed to justify larger field studies to evaluate the use of NORS to treat mastitis. ($125,586)

Proof of Concept for a Light Dispersing Plastic Covered Pod Concept Greenhouse (INN121) University of the Fraser Valley Post- Secondary Institution Vegetables: Greenhouse Grown Demonstration, Environment & Energy, Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Lower Mainland 2017

The BioPod is a light diffusing greenhouse designed by BW Global that was built in collaboration with the City of Surrey’s development office at the John Volken Academy (JVA). The BioPod works to create innovative opportunities to strengthen the Lower Mainland’s food system. Using Agri-Innovation funding, this project focused on testing the effect of new greenhouse covering material with improved properties related to light transmission, diffusion, heat transfer and condensation behaviour. The new high-performance material excelled from construction, maintenance, energy efficiency, and crop growth perspectives. The City of Surrey, JVA and the University of the Fraser Valley were awarded the BC Union of Municipalities Award for Leadership and Innovation for Agriculture in Fall 2016 for the Surrey BioPod Project. ($232,421)

Grower Dashboard (INN200) BC Chicken Marketing Board Industry Association / Organization Poultry Technology Development GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2017

The BC Chicken Marketing Board developed a database to increase grower support, grower performance, long-term sustainability, and optimize system efficiencies. The database provides an online platform for chicken growers to record their mandatory On Farm Food Safety, Animal Care, and Biosecurity Program requirements. With a single point of entry for information, the database further enables access to additional information that was previously recorded on paper-based forms. With the inclusion of an off-line option, the database has the capability for future expansion to streamline other industry processes and further enhance industry traceability and efficiency, while reducing laborious paperwork. ($33,641)

Pathogen and Mold Spore Eradication in Reclaimed Animal Bedding (INN190) GreenScene Agritek Inc. Corporation Livestock: Horses Process Development / Refinement GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Lower Mainland 2017

Having developed a method of recycling water horse bedding and reclaiming it as quality horse bedding, GreenScene Agritek (GSA) needed to devise a solution for three areas of concern in the process, including the eradication of pathogens/mold spores; increasing, regulating and recovering the heat available from the burner; and removing unhealthy fine dust. With Agri-Innovation funding, GSA was able to develop an environmentally-sound method for utilizing a waste stream from used bedding and provide a solution to reclaim, recycle, and reuse the by-product in a closed loop process. GSA now produces competitively priced bedding that is cleaner and safer, creating a new agricultural business model for the horse industry. ($114,188)

Demonstration of Okra and Eggplant Field Production in the Fraser Valley (INN310SP) University of the Fraser Valley Post- Secondary Institution Vegetables: Field Grown Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland 2017

The Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley has an increased potential for new field vegetable production as a result of its expanding multicultural population. The objective of this project was to examine production and retail supply challenges related to okra and eggplant, with research comprised of field trials to evaluate the performance of different varieties and a retailer survey. While certain barriers for retailers were identified, the survey noted that California and Mexico were potential markets, as long as competitive pricing was introduced. The study also confirmed that okra and eggplant varieties can be successfully produced in the Fraser Valley. ($7,000)

Assessment of New Pest Management Tools that Address Priority Needs of the BC Cranberry Industry (INN289SP) BC Cranberry Marketing Commission Industry Association / Organization Cranberries Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Lower Mainland 2017

This project addressed high priority research items for the BC cranberry industry. Funding from the Agri-Innovation Program assisted in conducting research on cranberry tipworm, chemigation design and delivery, and fruit quality issues. The outcome provided information regarding the efficacy of new insecticides for tipworm control using chemigation application methods, assessed the efficacy of alternative chlorothalonil free fungicide programs, and highlighted resistance management techniques for cranberry fruit rot. ($8,947)

LocalDog Promoting Locally Sourced Dog Treats and Foods (BL205) Foley Dog Treat Company Inc. Corporation Value Added: Pet Food Manufacturing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2017

Mass product recalls in the pet food market is common due to international product sourcing. The development of independent processing in a local market eliminates the need to source internationally, which is the goal of the Foley Dog Treat Company Inc. With a buy local focus, this project focused on the development and implementation of the “LocalDog” logo. To spread awareness and educate consumers on buying local, three sampling and information events were held. With the introduction of the LocalDog logo on their VitalityDog product, Foley was able to secure a new account which helped increase gross sales by 54% from the previous year. ($8,380)

Produce, Package, Distribute and Sell Beer made with BC only Ingredients (BL199) Pacific Western Brewing Company Ltd. Corporation Wine / Spirits Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

Pacific Western Brewing Co. Ltd. (PWB) is BC’s largest independent, locally owned brewery. This project set out to produce, package, and distribute a unique beer made only from BC ingredients. Thanks to the advertising, Point of Sale materials, corporate events, and package design work funded by the Buy Local Program, the launch of Cariboo Springs was a success. PWB received excellent feedback for their BC beer and are now enjoying repeat buys and expanded awareness in stores. ($30,844)

Marketing and Brand Development for Hope Farm (BL176) The Mustard Seed Street Church (Hope Farm Healing Centre) Not-For-Profit Vegetables: Field Grown Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2017

Hope Farm is a community-based farm that grows local, sustainable food for the Cowichan Valley. Supporting the mission of its parent organization, the Mustard Seed, the Farm works to connect recovering addicts with the land while offering healing counselling services. This initiative set out to create a clear “Hope Farm” brand as complementary to, but distinct from, the Mustard Seed. Using Buy Local funding, Hope Farm introduced a unique social media campaign, an updated web presence, printed marketing material, and an e-newsletter, helping to enhance their presence in the Cowichan Valley and emphasize their healing centre’s positive contribution to the community. ($14,400)

Harrison Select Branded Buy-Local Salmon Products Market Hub (BL216) Harrison Salmon Producers LLP Corporation Aquaculture, Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Fraser Valley 2017

Comprised of the Sts’ailes and Scowlitz Indian Bands, the Harrison Salmon Producers (HSP) embarked on a local salmon sales project that aimed to make locally-harvested salmon products accessible and affordable to rural British Columbians. Funded in part by the Buy Local Program, this project was designed to build HSP’s brand, Harrison Select, by standardizing product formats and labels and marketing materials aimed at the local area. Upon project completion, product offerings expanded from two to five, new packaging was introduced, vignette videos were created for social media featuring an Executive Chef, and website drop shipping was made available at select stores. ($25,777)

Laughing Stock is one of BC’s Best Premium Wineries (BL249) Laughing Stock Vineyards Agri-Business Wine / Spirits Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Thompson-Okanagan 2017

Located on the Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards participated in the Buy Local Program as a way to build their brand and position the Vineyard as a premium producer of BC wines. Project funding enabled them to develop print and video marketing tools, pursue a new advertising channel in Vancouver’s Chinese media and participate in Top Drop, a new premium wine event where Laughing Stock was showcased alongside some of the top wineries in the world. ($6,029)

New Opportunities for Expanding the Emerging Water Buffalo Industry (BL230) McClintocks Farm Agri-Business Other Livestock Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2017

McClintocks Farm boasts a unique mix of water buffalo dairy, u-pick berries, and sweet corn. As most of the general public are unfamiliar with water buffalo products, this project aimed to introduce these through in-store demos, trade show exhibits, a targeted Google advertising campaign, and creating a wrap for the delivery trailer. Throughout the project, McClintocks Farm saw an increase in sales volume, revenue, and website visits. ($5,000)

Bliss…a different kind of Buzz! (BL140) Meadow Vista Honey Wines Agri-Business Beverage Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Thompson-Okanagan 2016

Meadow Vista is an artisan farm winery that produces a line of six honey wines, using BC honey and fruits. The sparkling cherry honey wine Bliss, has captured the attention of the craft market. Funding from the Buy Local Program assisted Meadow Vista in promoting Bliss at events in Kelowna and the Lower Mainland; creating bookmarks and neck tags to draw consumers’ eyes to their honey wine; and producing radio commercials to capture the attention of local audiences. During the duration of the campaign, total revenue at the Winery increased by 52%, leaving Meadow Vista excited for a new range of possibilities in the future. ($9,921)

Brand Recognition of Maan Farms Products in BC (BL206) Maan Farms Ltd. Corporation Berries, Crop Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Fraser Valley 2017

Mann Farms has a long and proud history of providing quality local produce in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. Recognized for growing delicious strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, the ‘Mann Farms Country Experience’ also includes a winery, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more. Through active local marketing campaigns (print, radio, social media, and web) and the design and print of new labels, Mann Farms increased consumer awareness of its farm, brand, and products. Promoting their products with funding from the Buy Local Program, Mann Farms saw an increase in sales revenue of over 25%, and now sell their wine in over 75 private liquor stores in the Fraser Valley. ($75,000)

Projected BC Marketing Activities for 2016 (BL197) Greenhouse Grown Foods Inc. (dba Windset Farms) Corporation Vegetables: Greenhouse Grown Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

With the increase of customer interest in buying local produce, Windset Farms recognizes the importance of promoting “Buy Local BC.” Funded through the Buy Local Program, Windset Farms hosted active and engaging in-store demos to reach their consumers face-to-face. Sales successfully increased by 14% with added promotion through cartvertising, new recipes, website updates and targeted social media campaigns. ($13,814)

Brand Launch for Little Cedar Falls Steelhead (BL136) Taste of BC Fine Foods Ltd. Corporation Aquaculture Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Vancouver Island 2016

One of the first Land Based Recirculating Aquaculture System salmon farms in the world, Taste of BC’s goal is to meet local demand with high quality, fresh salmon. Albion Fisheries of Victoria, Quality Foods, and Taste of BC launched the Little Cedar Falls brand of fresh steelhead as a local Vancouver Island raised product. In this joint launch, the Buy Local Program funded a new branding package that appeared on POS brochures, product labels, Fish Gill Tags, and Filet Tags. At the close of their Buy Local initiative, Taste of BC has seen an increase in sales and media coverage, and is well on its way to becoming a recognized brand in the Vancouver Island marketplace. ($23,250)

Comprehensive Marketing & Brand Campaign for The Preservatory @ Vista D’oro (BL127) Vista D’oro Farms Ltd. Corporation Beverage Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2017

Vista D’oro Farms had a vision: to transform the property into a multi-functional farmgate and culinary operation. Today, that vision has been realized. “The Preservatory” is the commercial kitchen that works as a fermentation area for the winery, the Farmgate Shop, and Tasting Room. With funding from the Buy Local Program, Vista D’oro revitalized branding and renewed marketing efforts to create awareness and expand The Preservatory brand. The branding and marketing campaign successfully lead to an increase in online ordering, a growth in wholesale accounts, and an expanded social media reach. ($20,645)

Ambrosia Apple Market Strategic Plan (AF021-002) New Tree Fruit Varieties Development Council Industry Association / Organization Apples Market Research Agri-Food Futures Fund Thompson-Okanagan 2017

An Industry Steering Committee composed of representatives from BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, independent packers, Ambrosia growers, and New Tree Fruit Varieties Development Council worked with US consultants to develop new ideas for BC Ambrosia marketing. The three part approach to the strategic development process included situation analysis, grades and standards, and marketing strategy. The final strategy was widely communicated, and the report was well received by growers and industry packers. Over the next few years, new markets will develop with the 2017 crop as the start of the implementation process. This strategy will provide further guidance for the Council to follow when assessing funding requests. ($58,050)

Farmer to Farmer Forum (AF021-006AE-SP) Watershed Watch Salmon Society Not-For-Profit Pan Agriculture Environment & Energy Agri-Food Futures Fund Lower Mainland 2017

Watershed Watch’s initiative, Connected Waters aims to reconnect waterways impacted by diking infrastructure on the lower mainland. To help facilitate positive relationships with local farmers, Watershed Watch hosted a peer-to-peer learning forum in Pitt Meadows to demonstrate how farmers and environmentalists can work together to cultivate and benefit from ecosystem services. A major takeaway from the forum was that incentivising farmers to provide ecosystem services is a feasible option. Watershed Watch plans to support those farmers interested in hosting enhancement projects on their lands, while continuing to support long-term sustainability. ($1,900)

Foliar Nutrient Practices for Improved Blueberry Yield (INN208) BC Blueberry Council Industry Association / Organization Blueberries Pilots / Demonstration GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Lower Mainland 2017

Although the ‘Draper’ variety presents many opportunities to BC blueberry growers due to its superior size, firmness, flavor, ease of harvest and more, it also poses significant challenges, including a physiological deficiency that results in premature drop of green fruit under BC’s specific climatic conditions. This results in a loss of up to 40 percent of the fruit in some fields, decreasing revenue and profit for many growers. This project developed a solution to the nutrient deficiency specific to ‘Draper’ and demonstrated the effectiveness of a set of improved management practices to mitigate this condition using foliar calcium spray applications. This information can now be used to virtually eliminate Green Fruit Drop and considerably improve yield in ‘Draper’ and economic benefit for the BC blueberry industry. ($38,500)

Transforming the Okanagan Apple Sector through Hard Cider & Blends (INN080) The BX Press Inc. Corporation Apples, Beverage Processing, Crop Processing Market Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Thompson-Okanagan 2015

In apple growing regions like Washington, Oregon, Nova Scotia, or Quebec the rapid growth of hard cider is providing a valuable income stream and spurring agri-tourism throughout the region. Intent on creating the same opportunities in BC, the Doberniggs began producing craft-made, natural ciders using the full juice from local apples and blends using other BC-sourced products like hops, cherries and berries. Using Agri-Innovation funding, they also conducted research to test consumer preferences between their cider blends and traditional dry apples ciders, and quantified the business opportunities for Okanagan apple growers. ($46,451)

Practical Application of AI in Asian Water Buffalo (INN130SP) G G McClintock Agri-Business Other Livestock Process Development / Refinement, Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Vancouver Island 2015

In an effort to improve the milking capability of North American water buffalo, farmers considered the option of importing water buffalo semen from Italy. However, its not always obvious when females go into heat and there wasn’t much information about artificial insemination available, unlike in more established livestock sectors. In collaboration with their veterinarians, a team of BC water buffalo farmers reviewed existing literature and consulted with Guelph Veterinary College, which had done some work with small herds in Ontario. They then inseminated buffalo with observed heats and tested a variety of protocols that synchronize herd breeding. Results were promising with three of the four producers continuing to use artificial insemination. Conception rates had previously averaged ten percent, but during a subsequent breeding season one farm had a 55 percent conception rate using artificial insemination. A guide is available upon request. ($3,639)

Agriculture Land Use Inventory for the South Cariboo & Lac La Hache Official Community Plans (B0016.40) Cariboo Regional District Municipal / Local Government Pan Agriculture Agriculture Planning Ag Area Planning Program Cariboo 2015

Agriculture Land Use Inventories (ALUI) help municipal planners understand the type and extent of agricultural activities; determine capacity for expansion; quantify any Agricultural Land Reserve land unavailable for agriculture; and estimate agricultural water demand. In the summer of 2014, BC Ministry of Agriculture agrologists, in collaboration with a Cariboo Regional District GIS technician, used a “windshield” survey method to prepare ALUI’s in the South Cariboo and Lac La Hache regional districts. From the road, they observed agricultural activity, land use and land cover. Where visibility was limited, they used aerial photography in combination with local knowledge. ($6,682)

Jealous Fruits Export Initiatives (EX090, EX095, EX157) Jealous Fruits Ltd. Corporation Cherries Export GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program Thompson-Okanagan 2015

The Okanagan Valley’s Jealous Fruits leveraged export funding to promote cherries in the US, Europe and several Asian countries. They attended fruit shows, held in-store promotions, brought select customers to see their farms and travelled to meet buyers face-to-face, as well as created a new exhibit and marketing materials. After the completion of three export projects, sales increased by over 50 percent from the previous year, primarily south of the border. (up to $70,700)

International Media Mission to BC Shellfish & Seafood Trade Exposition (EX178) BC Salmon Farmers Association Industry Association / Organization Aquaculture Export GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program Vancouver Island 2015

In 2015, the BC Salmon Farmers Association partnered with the BC Shellfish Growers Association and Comox Valley Economic Development to bring international media to the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival and Expo. Media from the US, Korea, China and South America were hosted on special tours to salmon farms and shellfish operations, where they could meet and talk directly with producers. The value of the resulting TV, print and online coverage in international media outlets was estimated at $317,000, with circulation totalling 40 million. The increased exposure continues to drive further demand for BC seafood in these key export markets. ($22,654)

Micro-Maltery Pilot Project (INN198) Pemberton Distillery Inc. Corporation Wine / Spirits Feasibility, Pilots / Demonstration, Process Development / Refinement GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Lower Mainland 2016

With the resurgence of craft brewing and distilling, the interest in and demand for specialty malts is growing. The art of malting grains is centuries old, and while small-scale malting used to be commonplace, in North America the industry is dominated by a handful of large malting houses. With support through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation program, Pemberton Distillers embarked on a one-year pilot project to design and build a micro-malting machine, and test the feasibility of a small-scale micro-malting facility to produce local specialty and custom malted grains for the growing craft brewing and distilling industries in BC. Overall, the process worked well to produce small batches of custom malt for distilling, but will need to be refined to produce the volume of malt needed by brewers. ($14,775)

Development of Closed-Containment & Aquaponics Technologies for White Sturgeon Aquaculture (SI005) Vancouver Island University Post- Secondary Institution Aquaculture Technology Development Aquaculture Innovation Fund Vancouver Island 2016

With white sturgeon disappearing at alarming rates in the wild, there is increased interest in conservation and efforts to develop a closed-containment aquaculture industry. With funding through the Aquaculture Innovation Fund, Vancouver Island University undertook a two-year project to investigate the feasibility of white sturgeon aquaponics (the process of combining hydroponics and aquaculture), to help producers earn revenue even during the start-up phase. ($69,881)

Crunchetti – Another Great BC Locally Manufactured Product (BL159) Brockmann’s Chocolate Inc. Corporation Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2016

When the third-generation Brockmann family business prepared to launch their newest treat, Crunchetti, they turned to the Buy Local Program to help tell their story and introduce the new line of premium clusters as a gourmet snack of choice. In less than a year, almost 100 in-store sampling events were held and the company’s website and social media platforms were completely refreshed, helping them sell more than 30,000 bags of Crunchetti, generate over $100,000 of new revenue, and secure listings with over 100 retailers in BC! ($37,592)

Kamloops Water Demand Model & Soil Analysis (B0016.23.02) City of Kamloops Municipal / Local Government Pan Agriculture Agriculture Planning, Environment & Energy Ag Area Planning Program Thompson-Okanagan 2016

When the City of Kamloops completed its first Agricultural Area Plan in 2013, there was an abundance of action items outlined, including the need for an Agriculture Water Demand Model to increase understanding of agricultural water use and strengthen BC’s commitment under the Living Water Strategy to reserve water for farmland. With federal and provincial funding delivered through IAF’s Agricultural Area Planning Program, the City was able to complete the water demand modelling exercise in 2016, providing industry with a better understanding of the opportunities and issues related to crop irrigation and helping to improve agricultural productivity in the area. ($5,000)

Get to Know Your Fisherman (BL169) Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery Cooperative Aquaculture Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2016

Thanks to their Buy Local-funded campaign, “Get to know your fisherman,” Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery was able to create a strong, recognizable brand that clearly distinguishes their products from out-of-province competition in the crowded seafood market. And it’s clear from the numbers that they’ve caught the public’s attention—by the end of the 2016 sales season their new customer base in BC had risen by more than 60 percent from the previous season, while their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers continue to multiply. ($19,986)

Designing Energy-Efficient LEDs Produce Growers (INN189) QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. Corporation Vegetables: Greenhouse Grown Technology Development GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2016

With limited sunlight in northern regions and lack of farmland in urban centers, many BC producers struggle to meet the growing demand for fresh, local food year-round. Eager to fill the gap and help growers reduce greenhouse-related energy costs, QuantoTech Solutions completed a two-year project to develop energy-saving LED fixtures that would enable year-long local production. Northern and local growers now have the ability to achieve higher yields using half the electricity as conventional lighting, while also decreasing production time. ($35,397)

Agri-Laser Bird Control (INN214AE) Coral Beach Farms Ltd. Corporation Cherries Technology Development/Adaptation GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Thompson-Okanagan 2016

With Agri-Innovation funding delivered through IAF’s Agri-Food Environment Initiative, Coral Beach Farms became the first cherry grower in BC to test the Agrilaser Autonomic Program during a two-year trial that demonstrated its efficacy in safely and humanely repelling birds. While Coral Beach continues to experiment with broader-based monitoring and programming at its other orchards, researchers are confident it will benefit all tree fruit, grape and berry growers. ($12,700)

HolyCrap—USA & International (EX017/069/203/317/347) HapiFoods Group Inc. Corporation Food Processing Export GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program Lower Mainland 2016

HapiFoods launched several international marketing initiatives, focusing on US and Asian markets, including Japan, China and Korea. Export funding enabled the BC company to participate in 17 tradeshows that have created international brand awareness and generated international trade potential for the burgeoning enterprise. ($38,200)

HolyCrap! Buy Local (BL151) HapiFoods Group Inc. Corporation Food Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Lower Mainland 2016

Funding through the BC Buy Local Program was indispensable in securing HapiFoods’ Holy Crap cereal in local markets. Thanks to in-store demos that served almost 7,000 samplers, Holy Crap sales soared from four bags to 25 bags per day in BC chain stores like Whole Foods Market, Overwaitea, Save on Foods, Choices Market and London Drugs, as well as at smaller independent grocery stores in BC. ($6,126)

Cranberry Productivity Enhancement (A0678.01/.02) BC Cranberry Marketing Commission Industry Association / Organization Cranberries Research Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program, Safety Net Lower Mainland 2016

With the aim of increasing cranberry production within Canada, the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission completed this five-year project to develop the BC Cranberry Research Farm, the first research facility of its kind in Canada and the fourth in North America. In addition to providing BC growers with information to improve their plantings, researchers are also exploring the impacts of cranberry production on greenhouse gases, insect populations and soil and groundwater. ($218,133)

Improved Semiochemical Application Technology for Mating Disruption of BC Orchard Pests (INN018) SemiosBio Technologies Inc. Corporation Tree Fruits Technology Development GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2013

Using Agri-Innovation funding, Michael Gilbert, founder of SemiosBio Technologies Inc., was able to implement and enhance a cost-effective application of pheromones for codling moth mating disruption. Not only has this allowed orchardists to minimize their use of inputs and reduce environmental impacts, but the Semios system also protects biodiversity by only applying species-specific pheromones that do not affect beneficial insects. ($140,000)

BC Chicken Social Media Strategy (BL019) BC Chicken Marketing Board Industry Association / Organization Poultry Local Marketing, Market Research BC Government's Buy Local Program BC-wide 2013

Increasing consumer knowledge of chicken production and clarifying common misconceptions about the industry can help build consumer trust, increase consumption and foster industry growth. This project researched common consumer concerns regarding chicken production, developed clear messaging to address concerns and dispel myths, and created new promotional channels including Facebook, Twitter and  YouTube to facilitate interaction between the industry and its target audience. ($36,700)

RDBN Agricultural Land Use Inventory (A0735) Bulkley-Nechako Regional District Municipal / Local Government Pan Agriculture Agriculture Planning Safety Net Nechako 2013

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) undertook this project to complete an Agricultural Land Use Inventory (LUI) of Smithers and Vanderhoof, which surround the RDBN and are of high agricultural value. The detailed inventory of agricultural land is a valuable planning tool for local governments in areas with agricultural land use complexity and competition. The LUI provides a baseline data for comparison, allowing local governments to track agricultural operations over time and monitor interface activities. The LUI provides a clearer picture of land use and agricultural operations, helping in the development of policies and regulations that enable the government to make informed decisions regarding land use applications. ($11,200)

BC Agriculture Sector Labour Communication Strategy – Phase 1 (A0669) BC Agriculture Council Industry Association / Organization Pan Agriculture Market Research 2010 Industry Opportunities Fund BC-wide 2012

The attraction and retention of skilled labour is a critical factor in the future competitiveness and viability of BC’s agricultural industry. Key areas such as image improvement, expanded training and skills development, skilled worker attraction strategies, seasonal foreign worker employment and industry leadership are needed to address the issues currently facing producers in the province. This project developed a marketing and communication strategy to help gauge effectiveness of industry communications and compile employer and human resources and strategies to address the lack of awareness of industry employment opportunities. ($29,405)

Tipi Mountain Market Opportunity Assessment (SP223ES) St. Mary’s Indian Band First Nations Crop Processing, Health Products & Nutraceuticals Aboriginal Agriculture, Market Research Agri-Food Futures Fund BC-wide 2014

The cosmetic and medical applications of native plant species have garnered the interest of a variety of companies, creating many opportunities in value-added processing. Tipi Mountain and St. Mary’s Indian Band undertook this project to gauge the opportunities to market value-added farm products. The assessment reviewed the market for medicinal and cosmetic applications, industry structure and pricing, regulations, provided strategies to process and promote value-added farm products, and compiled list of potential products for value-added processing. ($10,000)

 

Use of Humic Acid as Foliar Nutrition in Organic Vineyards (INN184SP) Kalala Organic Vineyards Ltd. Corporation Grapes / Viticulture Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Thompson-Okanagan 2014

When used as a foliar nutrient, Humic acid (HA) has the potential to increase crop vigor, quality and quantity in the organic viticulture industry (which may not be absorbed into the soil in time to affect crop improvement in a season). With a limited amount of information on HA efficacy available, this project set out to investigate the beneficial effects of HA sprays on crops, as well as the chemical properties of juice to help organic viticulturists enhance nutrition and production practices. Results were promising, with HA shown to increase productivity of commercial grape vines, improve the chemical properties of extracted juices and result in lower rates of mildew infestations. ($4,300)

 

Assessing New Pest Management Tools for BC’s Cranberry Industry (INN173SP) BC Cranberry Marketing Commission Industry Association / Organization Cranberries Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2014

This research project assessed new insecticide chemistries to control fireworm and tipworm, herbicidal activity for priority BC cranberry weeds, and Blackvine Weevil control with chemical formulations. Research results and information on controlling and managing insect pests is available to growers through the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission. ($8,389)

Shuswap Agricultural Strategy (A0698) Columbia Shuswap Regional District Municipal / Local Government Pan Agriculture Agriculture Planning Safety Net Thompson-Okanagan 2014

The Shuswap Agricultural Strategy was developed to support sustainable growth of the regional agricultural industry, provide protection of agriculturally capable land and integrate existing economic and land use policies into future strategic plans. The strategy, which addressed various municipalities in the region, finalized a document that will guide policy, action and investment in the Shushwap, as well as provide context and background on the state of regional agriculture. The strategy solidifies a vision for agriculture in the Shushwap and outlines recommended actions and implementation plans to guide the regional district and other stakeholders to achieve their goals. ($24,346)

Research to Formulate & Test Fertilizer from Biofuel By-Products (INN078) Cowichan Energy Alternatives Not-For-Profit Crop Processing Environment & Energy, Product Development GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2014

This project aimed to create and validate a plant fertilizer developed from biofuel waste, in the hopes of offering BC producers the first locally-produced fertilizer. While the efficacy of a glycerin-based formulation (the waste product of biofuel production) as a soil amendment ultimately proved unfeasible, glycerin was found to be a cost-effective supplement when compared to conventional products, while also offering environmental benefits by reducing CO2 emissions. ($67,700)

British Columbia Grape Industry Acreage Survey (SP225) BC Grapegrowers Association Industry Association / Organization Grapes / Viticulture Research Safety Net BC-wide 2014

As BC’s grape and wine industry faces potential surpluses, growers and sales agencies need to know which varieties are in full production and the volume anticipated. Data on roughly 95% of BC grape acreage was produced through this survey, which will help predict shortages/surpluses of future varieties and aid in marketing efforts and investment opportunities. ($4,455)

 

 

Exploring Foliar Cranberry Pest Control with a New Natural Pesticide (INN186SP) BC Cranberry Marketing Commission Industry Association / Organization Cranberries Research GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2014

While recognized internationally as a low-risk pesticide, extracts from the Neem tree have not yet been registered for use in Canada. This project involved a series of field trials to determine the efficacy of this biopesticide. Results have shown Neem extract does affect the lifecycle of economically significant pests and can provide both conventional and organic cranberry growers with a viable pest management tool. ($2,500)

Demonstration of Bumble Bee & Indicator Plant Gardens (INN172SP) BC Cranberry Marketing Commission Industry Association / Organization Cranberries Demonstration GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program Fraser Valley 2014

This project focused on building a bumble bee demonstration garden with an emphasis on data collection of bumble bee activity. Various plants were placed in the demonstration garden to assess bumble bee attraction, with promising results documented in a handful of species. The demonstration project indicated that similar gardens could be established around commercial cranberry production crops, which could help producers improve pollination and monitor and manage pests. ($3,025)

Viability Initiative: Federally Inspected Beef Packing Plant in BC (A0769) BCCA Program Delivery Inc. Industry Association / Organization Beef Cattle Feasibility Safety Net Vancouver Island 2015

This feasibility study was conducted to evaluate the potential for developing and operating a federally inspected beef packaging plant in BC. The study found that a small plant within BC is viable, provided enough producer interest in supplying niche markets exists (as demand for specialty beef has steadily increased in major markets such as North America and China). The proposed plant would allow producers to tailor their products to meet consumer requirements specific to each export market. Further development of the plant’s business plans and commercialization strategies was identified as key action items before proceeding. ($124,000)

Food Hub Feasibility Study: A New Model for Cooperative Ag Development (SP218) BC Cooperative Association Industry Association / Organization Pan Agriculture Feasibility Safety Net Vancouver Island 2015

A food hub manages food products across the supply chain as a way of helping local and regional producers satisfy demand on a wholesale and retail level. This study explored the potential to operate a cooperative organization under the food hub model, by examining the feasibility of building a community of support services that would facilitate easier market access for local producers. The study identified the Cowichan Valley as an ideal base for a food hub cooperative, and proposed various models for development. ($10,000)

Development & Demonstration for Processing a Rubber-Bearing Plant in BC (INN076) Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc. Corporation Crop Processing Pilots / Demonstration GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program BC-wide 2015

The plant Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) produces high quality inulin and rubber, the former of which can be used in the production of bioethanol, and the latter a high-value hypoallergenic plant derivative that can be used in place of natural rubber. This project piloted BC-production of the TKS plant along with the process of extracting and purifying the rubber and inulin from the crop, demonstrating a feasible new cash crop for BC producers. ($125,000)

Perfect Pairings BC (BL011) BC Wine Institute Industry Association / Organization Beverage Processing Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program BC-wide 2014

The Perfect Pairings initiative highlighted local BC wine and agri-food products by pairing the two together to create the ultimate dining experience for BC consumers. The project joined notable BC farm-to-table chefs, restaurants and sommeliers to promote agri-food products through wine and food pairing events and distribution of recipes using local ingredients. The project provided valuable consumer education on BC wine and agri-food products and helped contribute to an increase in sales of BC VQA wine throughout the province. ($100,000)

North Cariboo Farm Country, Grown For You, Branding Expansion & Awareness Project (BL010) Quesnel Community & Economic Development Corporation Not-For-Profit Pan Agriculture Local Marketing BC Government's Buy Local Program Cariboo 2014

The Cariboo-Central region of BC is one of the province’s most important areas for cattle ranching and enjoys a resource-based economy with a strong agricultural sector. The North Cariboo Farm Country “Grown for You” branding expansion and awareness project aimed to increase demand for regional agricultural products in the local community. The project brought together agricultural producers from the North Cariboo region and promoted the brand in their communities, uniting local businesses and raising consumer awareness for products under the “Grown for You” banner. ($22,000)

BC Carcass Tracking & Quality Information System (A0616) BCCA Program Delivery Inc. Industry Association / Organization Beef Cattle Technology Development Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program BC-wide 2013

The first provincial system of its kind, the BC Beef Quality Information System was developed by the BC Association of Abattoirs and the BC Cattlemen’s Association to offer dual capabilities of carcass traceability and quality assessment. The system enables animal tracking from birth through rearing, slaughtering and processing, and provides feedback on carcass quality to help producers improve management decisions and meet market demand. Launched in October 2013, training for beef producers and processors on the system has been ongoing across the province. ($272,841)

BC Hoof Health Industry Education & Training Outreach Program (A0679) AR-PE Hooftrimming Ltd. Corporation Dairy Cattle Demonstration Safety Net BC-wide 2013

Three one-day seminars were held across BC, culminating in a three-day conference that covered topics including automated milking, dairy barn design and hoof health. More than 200 participants were involved, including dairy farmers, herd managers and service suppliers to the industry, from veterinarians and trimmers to building contractors and feed nutritionists. ($32,175)

BC Dairy Hoof Health Project (A0628) AR-PE Hooftrimming Ltd. Corporation Dairy Cattle Demonstration, Research Safety Net Fraser Valley 2012

Multi-stakeholder BC Dairy Hoof Health Group, AR-PE Hooftrimming organized a workshop to teach hoof trimmers how to properly identify various lesions and standardize data recording. During the ensuing months, more than 32,000 trims were recorded, covering over 15,000 animals from 85 herds throughout BC. New findings began to emerge from the new database, including most prevalent causes of lesions and regional differences in the types of lesions found. A subsequent project funded information sharing within the industry. ($39,183)

City of Kamloops Agriculture Area Plan (B0016.23) City of Kamloops Municipal / Local Government Pan Agriculture Agriculture Planning Safety Net Thompson-Okanagan 2014

One of the top priorities for Kamloops residents is agriculture. According to the 2010 Sustainable Kamloops Plan, people want a better understanding of where agricultural land is, how it should be used or enhanced, and what opportunities are available for increased food production and processing. After two years of extensive consultation, the Kamloops Ag Area Plan has identified a series of priorities and strategies, including bringing city bylaws and policies into alignment with those of the ALC on issues like agri-tourism, reducing urban/rural conflict and more. ($19,386)

Thompson Shuswap Food Connections (A0683) Community Futures Development Corporation of Thompson Country Not-For-Profit Pan Agriculture Feasibility Safety Net Thompson-Okanagan 2013

This project aimed to diversify local farm production and expand local markets by connecting major buyers to local producers. Three regional institutions were examined for the type and amount of food consumed (as well as relevant carbon emission costs), followed by local producer canvassing to determine if food demand could be supplied by regional farms and food processors. The partnerships facilitated by the project yielded a new five-year local purchasing agreement for meat products with Thompson Rivers University. ($38,796)

3-D Fencing for Wildlife Control (AEWF-13-002) Peace River Forage Association Industry Association / Organization Forage Research Agriculture & Environment Wildlife Fund Peace River 2013

This project funded research to investigate a variety of fence designs and monitor the results for optimum wildlife control. Three-dimensional fences are constructed with height, depth and width. The resulting visual effect causes wildlife to approach the fence with caution, and an electrified outer fence provides and incentive for the animals to look elsewhere. Ultimately the goal is to provide guidelines for affordable, easy fencing solutions to farmers to secure their feed and protect their investment. ($87,850)

Export Seminar for the BC Agri-food Sector (SP193) BC Food Processors Association Industry Association / Organization Forage Research Safety Net Lower Mainland 2013

BC food and beverage processors were able to learn more about export opportunities through this Export Essentials Seminar, which provided a market overview and in-depth market information. One-on-one meetings between processors and an importer from Dubai were also offered, and tours of local retailers and processing facilities helped increase the buyer’s knowledge of the BC market. ($6,158)

Adaptation of Sake Rice Varieties to the Fraser Valley (SP190 ES) Artisan Sakemaker Inc. Corporation Beverage Processing Product Development Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program Fraser Valley 2013

After producing premium sake in Canada with rice imported from Japan, Artisan Sakemaker decided to try growing sake rice in Abbotsford and be the first to offer 100% local sake. Project funding supported field trials of three varieties of rice, resulting in a new product to Canada – Fraser Valley Junmai Sake. ($4,994)

Green Roofs Plants Research Project (A0602) BC Landscape & Nursery Association Industry Association / Organization Landscape & Nursery Research Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program Lower Mainland 2013

Green roofs are an emerging aspect of the landscape and nursery industry, with significantly different growing conditions than the average garden. Research funded through this project provided key information about optimal establishment techniques as well as how green roofs add another environmental benefit by muffling noise pollution in cities. ($108,172)

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Project BC Buy Local Market Expansion of North of 49 Natural Quality Products (BL160)
Organization North of 49 Naturals Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

North of 49 Naturals manufactures stabilized fruit and vegetable based products into powders and value-added consumer-ready products. Using Buy Local funding, they were able to successfully launch new fruit and vegetable powder products as well as a berry care line and vegetable pate. After a series of marketing activities that included new promotional materials, in-store demos, participation at Farmers’ Markets and a social media campaign, North of 49 was able to increase online sales to over $8,000 in the first quarter and have expanded their market share from 80 stores to over 100. ($20,729)

Project Organika Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes and Organika Goutrin Market Expansion (BL132)
Organization Organika Health Products Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Health Products & Nutraceuticals
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

Funding for advertising, social media, in-store promotions and consumer and trade shows allowed Organika to directly connect with consumers and educate them on the local origins and health benefits of Organkia products. Following their campaign they have experienced revenue increases of 12.36% for Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes and 29.72% for Goutrin, which aid in digestion and pain, respectively. ($12,218)

Project Bringing Local, Organic Fairly Traded Tea to Cafes and Homes Across BC (BL069)
Organization Nu-Tea Company Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

This campaign aimed to promote and grow the awareness and demand for Tega Tea, a local fairly traded product of BC. Tega Teas are recognized for their unique packaging and high quality, certified organic ingredients that are ethically sourced. This project developed point-of-sales materials to communicate the brand as BC’s locally manufactured fairly-traded tea and enabled the company to participate in BC consumer trade shows. With the help of distribution partners, presentations were also made to wholesale and retail stores and sampling campaigns were held at Save-On-Foods. ($9,750)

Project Fresh, Local, Organic Pre-Packaged Salad Greens with High Nutritive Value (BL188)
Organization Athena Farm Holdings Ltd. dba Similkameen River Organic Farm
Client Type Corporation
Sector Organics, Vegetables: Field Grown
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

Organic vegetable producer Athena Farm operates exclusively upon the buy local business model, selling directly to consumers and through retail partners within 100 miles of the farm. With Buy Local funding they were able to take their regional distribution focus to the next level, launching a BC Buy Local Call to Action to educate consumers on the benefits of fresh, local and organic products, including the introduction of an App for consumers and a social media campaign to increase brand recognition. As a result of their project, Athena Farm was able to increase the number of retail chains carrying their products, as well as substantially grow their online following. ($74,000)

Project Local Resident Mail-Out Campaign (BL182)
Organization Duncan Farmers’ Market
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Farmers' Markets, Pan Agriculture
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

The Duncan Farmers’ Market (DFM) is a large year-round market, with many farmers relying on DFM sales as their primary income. When the DFM decided to transition to an outdoor venue in 2013, many locals were unaware of the shift. The promotional goals of this marketing campaign were to increase winter sales by emphasizing to the local community that the DFM is still a year-round market, and to highlight the importance of agri-foods to encourage more farmers to participate in the market all year. The mail-out campaign was targeted to residents within 50kms of downtown Duncan and included a ‘buy local’ call to action. The campaign proved highly effective with the public, as the DFM Information Tent saw a rise in the number of visitors to the market (many of whom brought their market coupons from the mail-out). Data collection further indicated that the attendance of new visitors to the market raised 19% and that vendor sales increased from 4%-12% by the end of the project. ($5,708)

Project Increasing Sales of BX-Press Ciders Within Strategic British Columbia Markets (BL173)
Organization The BX Press Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2017

The BX Press is a third-generation apple orchard located in Vernon, BC. In 2013, BX Press opened a cidery on the farm to utilize a portion of their crop for the production of hard cider, bringing them significantly improved returns on fruit that would have otherwise been discarded due to aesthetic damage. This project focused on strengthening existing marketing efforts to generate word-of-mouth in the North Okanagan marketplace. With the assistance of Buy Local funding, BX Press increased both product sales and the number of accounts through liquor stores in the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and Vancouver. An online store was also established to facilitate direct-to-consumer sales and streamline the administrative order and payment process. BX Press’ “branch to bottle” producers were happy to find that the project helped them sell larger quantities of cider in less time than in previous years. ($10,903)

Project BC Buy Local Market Expansion of Alpha Health Premium Products (BL166)
Organization Alpha Health Products Ltd./Assured Natural Distribution Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

Alpha Health is an industry leader in premium-quality edible oils and has popularized virgin Coconut Oil in Canada. With Alpha’s DME Coconut Oil recognized as the top product in the market, this project aimed to expand their market share by emphasizing not only its reputation for quality, but that it is also locally processed and packaged in BC. Additionally, the project sought to introduce their new vegan hot chocolate mix into the BC market through a combination of in-store demos, promotional materials, advertising and social media activities. Newly acquired by Assured Naturals during the course of the project, the focus shifted to ensure that all key products meet requirements of being sustainable, local, fair trade, and organic as much as possible. Despite these changes, sales increased by 5% in stores and relationships continue to expand with current retailers. ($26,260)

Project Bitters for Culinary and Attracting Consumers to Bartending with Bitters (BL217)
Organization Kale & Nori Culinary Arts Inc. dba Bittered Sling
Client Type Corporation
Sector Beverage Processing, Wine / Spirits
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Bittered Sling Extracts (BSE) introduced a trademarked line of cocktail bitters and culinary extracts, now used in artisan cocktails and professional kitchens. With 6 ‘year-round’ and 9 ‘seasonal’ flavours, these extracts are produced with BC ingredients, and are primarily distributed to boutique and fine food retailers, restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across Canada. This project focused on reaching out to the BC consumer market through various in-person and online activities, including events, retail tastings, social media, PR efforts, and website improvements. Also incorporated into all campaign efforts was educating both online and offline audiences on how to use BSE products in both cocktail and culinary applications. This project successfully increased BSE’s online presence, as well as its physical presence at partner retail and liquor stores across BC. With new marketing materials enhancing the products as ‘Made in BC’, many BC consumers saw the benefits of purchasing these local products. BSE enjoyed connecting with their public in the Lower Mainland and found resulting sales in BC surpassed their expectations. ($12,638)

Project Ensuring Amblyseius Fallacis Supply for BC Berry Growers (INN152)
Organization Applied Bio-nomics Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Berries
Project Type Pest / Disease Management, Research, Technology Development
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

Neoseiulus (Amblyseius) fallacis is the only organo-phosphate resistant predatory mite that can control two-spotted spider mite (which became a problem due to the re-introduction of previously banned organo-phosphates to combat spotted-wing drosophila). Current commercial production methods that involve rearing N. fallacis as predators of two-spotted spider mite are both time-consuming and expensive. This project proposed to research and identify a storage mite as an alternative host prey for N. fallacis. Although a rearing system for N. fallacis was not fully developed, Applied Bio-nomics Ltd. (ABL) is confident that there is strong potential for the development of rearing technology for N. fallacis. Their research also showed that one of the species of grain mite is an especially strong candidate as a rearing host. A publication in a peer-reviewed article presents the results of the research available to ABL, the other biological control companies, and the biological control research community. ($167,143)

Project The Merits of Establishing a Canadian Red Raspberry Council (SP219)
Organization Raspberry Industry Development Council
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Raspberries
Project Type Research
Program Safety Net
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

In a previous IAF project, the Raspberry Industry Development Council demonstrated grower support for the establishment of a National Red Raspberry Council. Since the initial proposal was submitted in 2012 with 2010 data, there have been significant changes to the raspberry industry. Today’s data shows that the Canadian raspberry market share is being increasingly filled by imported raspberries. Consequently, this project aimed to present data on the importance of establishing a National Red Raspberry Council that will be authorized to collect levies on imported and domestic, fresh and processed raspberries. A public hearing was held with the Farm Products Council of Canada to discuss the long-term viability of the Canadian Red Raspberry Council and update members on the development of the Canadian raspberry industry over the past 15 years. The Council concluded that at this time there is not enough demonstrated interest from producers and importers, but that there is potential for further support in the future. ($3,088)

Project Increasing awareness, interest and consumer purchase of BC Buy Local – Wild Salmon Candy, Traditional Canned Salmon, Smoked Salmon retort pouches – in the Okanagan region (BL236)
Organization Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprise
Client Type First Nations
Sector Aquaculture, Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2017

Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises (OAE), through the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), supports the sustainable development of the local fisheries sector to strengthen competitiveness and add value to products within the Thompson-Okanagan region. ONA’s regionally specific brand Okanagan Select (sockeye salmon) was introduced to the market in 2013. The OAE has seen a steady increase in revenue thanks to Buy Local funding that enabled them to increase their presence at farmers markets (Similkameen Valley, Penticton, Kelowna Farmer’s Markets, and the Summerland Farmers Market) and launch a buy local social media campaign. Okanagan Select products are also now available in more up-market retail stores, restaurants, and local food retail outlets. Project funding ultimately allowed the OAE to successfully introduce their products into an incredibly competitive market and increase their sales revenue by 45% over the previous year. ($2,415)

Project Collect Experiences Not Things With the NEW Dead Frog (BL202)
Organization Dead Frog Brewery
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Wine / Spirits
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Fraser Valley
Date 2017

Dead Frog Brewery focuses on brewing innovative and creative craft beers. This project aimed to produce a variety of dedicated marketing campaigns as tools to increase sales volume, brand awareness, and presence in government and private stores across the province. With a successful redesign of the core brew packaging, multiple in-store tastings, beer festivals and shows, radio ads, and exposure in Taste Magazine, Dead Frog managed to increase sales volume by 52% and sales revenue by 57%, as well as raising store numbers and website traffic substantially. ($60,981)

Project Gramma Dees: Made in BC Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options (BL211)
Organization Gramma Dee’s Gourmet Snacks
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

With 100% of their products processed and packaged in BC, funding from the Buy Local Program was the perfect fit for Gramma Dees to increase exposure for their gluten-free and vegan product lines. Adding the Buy Local identifier to product labels, updating their website to include an online store, and increasing in-store demos helped the Langley-based business boost their sales revenue, with product orders doubling and tripling from some of their more established buyers. ($11,333)

Project Big Ds Bees Launches Pumpkin Spice Honey and Pumpkins at Pumpkin Fest (BL247)
Organization Big Ds Bees Honey
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Apiculture, Food Processing, Other Crops
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

As a commercial Bee Keeping and Honey Distribution Company, Big Ds Bees Honey is sold at major grocery chains, health food stores, and farmers markets across Vancouver Island. Funding from the Buy Local Program assisted with the launch of the all-new Big Ds Pumpkin Spice Honey during the 4th Annual Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest in 2016. Along with the promotion of the new product, this project aimed to promote the unique varieties of pumpkins grown during Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest. The increase in brand recognition led to increased sales in grocery stores and ample positive feedback from customers. Following the huge success of the Pumpkin Spice Honey launch, it will continue as a seasonal favourite for customers to enjoy. ($9,266)

Project #BlendLocal (BL248)
Organization The Good Stuff Brands Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Crop Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

The Good Stuff is a Vancouver-based company that takes local, organically grown vegetables, superfoods, and fruits, and combines them in frozen blender-ready packages. The aim of the project was to create a feature video embedded in The Good Stuff’s website. In addition to exceeding the revenue, sales, and website traffic targets, the film has also helped establish product awareness and industry understanding, while communicating the benefits of using local ingredients to the consumer. ($5,000)

Project DNA-Based Detection of Commercial Truffle Species in Truffle Orchards (SP239ES)
Organization Truffle Association of BC
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Other Crops
Project Type Demonstration, Research
Program Agri-Food Futures Fund
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

The Truffle Association of BC is a group of producers, mycologists and agrologists dedicated to the commercial truffle industry. This project addressed the ongoing challenge of detecting and monitoring truffle fungi during orchard establishment. The goal of this project was to develop a DNA-based diagnostic tool that would help truffle growers determine which species of truffle(s) were successfully colonizing new truffle orchards, using field-collected samples from established BC truffle orchards. These diagnostic tools will allow growers to better manage and monitor the establishment of new orchards, and the specific nature of the DNA-based system, so growers can identify which truffle species are naturally occurring and which desirable species are present on tree-stock. With the conclusion of this project, researchers successfully demonstrated that truffle species could be detected directly from soil samples using molecular diagnostic tools. ($9,500)

Project Integrated Management of Fruit Tree Cankers (A0751)
Organization BC Tree Fruits Cooperative
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Tree Fruits
Project Type Demonstration, Process Development / Refinement, Research
Program Safety Net
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

A challenge facing the BC tree fruit industry is the sustainable production of high quality fruit, and one of the contributing issues is the underproduction of fruit blocks as a result of tree cankers. The objective of this project was to develop an integrated approach to the management of canker control options prior to pursuing label extensions of registrations by the pesticide companies. This project identified the most effective cultural, biological and chemical control options, which will be integrated into a management strategy. This strategy will facilitate the sustainable production of high quality fruit by the minimization of production losses due to poor tree health and post-harvest decay. ($125,063)

Project Food & Beverage Processing Industry Sector Overview/SME Economic Impact Study (AF014-A142)
Organization BC Food Processors Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Beverage Processing, Food Processing
Project Type Research
Program Agri-Food Futures Fund
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

The Food and Beverage Processing (FBP) industry is the leading Canadian manufacturing sector, in terms of value added, and is the largest manufacturing employer in the country. This project identified that a better understanding of BC’s unique FBP sector will help prioritize how the industry utilizes this information to enhance its growth and profitability. The goal of the project was to provide the industry with better economic understanding, which would in turn provide the FBP industry with the information needed to develop related strategies, programs, and policies on the growth and competitiveness in the sector. The Economic Impact Study was released in the fall of 2016 and the feedback received by the industry was very positive. Since its release, the Study has been used as a key resource for the BCFPA’s Strategic Planning sessions and as the basis of an industry Need Assessment and three year Industry Outlook. ($35,000)

Project Swan Conference Panel Discussion re Swans and Agriculture Working Together (AF021-001AE-SP)
Organization Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Environment & Energy
Program Agri-Food Futures Fund
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

As the number of wintering swans has increased, so has the number of concerns from farmers regarding the large amounts of hay fields consumed by swans. The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society and Cowichan Valley Naturalists hosted the 2016 Trumpeter Swan Society’s 24th annual swan conference where a panel discussion and farm tour was held so that participants could gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced and develop a plan beneficial for both swans and farmers alike. Since the conference, next steps are underway to establish a working group to bring farmers and conservationists together to incorporate some of the ideas that were discussed at the forum and farm tour. The Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust and the Ducks Unlimited Comox models will be used to help introduce practices and programs to alleviate some of the losses faced by farmers in the Cowichan Valley. ($2,304)

Project Improving Quality Through Real Time SOP Management (INN298)
Organization 1007918 BC LTD. DBA SOP Software Systems
Client Type Corporation
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Commercialization / Adoption
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2017

As quality standards continue to rise for agri-businesses, paper-based record keeping is no longer efficient. This agri-innovation project developed a SOP (standard operating procedure) platform designed to meet the needs of small to mid-sized beverage manufacturers, offering them an affordable and efficient method for managing tracking and integrating production SOP with compliance, traceability requirements and retail sales. ($79,750)

Project Use of Aerial Imagery for Tree Fruit Orchard Mapping (INN307SP)
Organization Summerland Varieties Corp.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Tree Fruits
Project Type Pilots / Demonstration
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2017

Summerland Varieties Corp. partnered with Hummingbird Aerial Surveys to test the effectiveness of using unmanned aerial systems (UAV) with remote sensing capabilities to quickly and cost effectively map tree fruit orchards in the Okanagan Valley. The objectives of the project included: accurately counting the number of apple and cherry trees in the orchard; correctly identifying apple and cherry varieties; and characterizing tree vigour and crown density. This process demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of using UAVs and aerial imaging in tree fruit orchards, and established that aerial imagery is a viable and potentially powerful means of assessing tree vigour and canopy density in both apple and cherry orchards. ($10,000)

Project Buy Local Program for Asti Holdings 2016-2017 (BL225)
Organization Asti Holdings Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Located in New Westmister, Asti Holdings is in its third generation of producing quality Honey Almond Nougat, Chocolate Coated Honey Almond Nougat and Jube Nougat products. The goal of this Buy Local project was to build brand awareness for the complete Nougat line through advertising in print, on buses, at demos, and on social media. As a result of the marketing campaign, Asti Holdings saw a 25% increase in sales, accompanied by an overall revenue increase of 10%. The demos also drew large crowds and were all very successful in surpassing sales expectations. ($30,265)

Project Increased Foot Traffic to the Driediger Farms Market (BL224)
Organization Driediger Farms Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Berries
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Driediger Farms Market sells fresh and frozen berries along with local products made from their berries and other local BC food products. The Market sees over 75,000 guests annually with the majority of visitors from the Lower Mainland. Through new signage and radio and television advertising funded by the Buy Local Program, the Farm was able to increase visitor traffic; increase sales volume by 20%; work with more value chain partners; increase sales with existing partners; and expand product listings to include more remote areas of BC. ($56,675)

Project Gaining Entry to Japan for BC Cherries (A0777)
Organization BC Cherry Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Cherries
Project Type Demonstration, Research
Program Safety Net
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

In an effort to gain access to the Japanese market, the BC Cherry Association (BCCA) undertook this project to address concerns from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), by demonstrating that BC cherries are not infested with codling moth (cydia pomonella) in orchards. Following the protocol established by MAFF, the project consisted of a Wearing Survey in the first year followed by a Pilot Test in the second, and ultimately demonstrated that codling moth does not infest BC cherries at population densities found in commercial cherry orchards. With the submission of the report, the BCCA has successfully fulfilled all conditions and potentially removed one of the last and largest barriers to opening trade between the two countries. The BCCA now awaits a decision from MAFF on the acceptance of these results. ($38,890)

Project Raising Brand Awareness by Engaging the Community and Forming Hospitality Partnerships (BL221)
Organization Averill Creek Vineyard
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Beverage Processing, Grapes / Viticulture
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

Averill Creek Vineyard, located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, produces premium quality estate wines. Already well known in its home region, this project used Buy Local funding to expand brand awareness into a larger BC market – particularly Greater Vancouver and Victoria. Through increased radio, online and print campaigns, and participation in farmers’ market events, Averill Creek managed to achieve a 41% increase in wine sales, raised awareness of their Pinot Noir and Brut products, and attracted more visitors to the winery. ($10,985)

Project Local Market and Product Expansion of Petkov Kiwi Production (BL210)
Organization Petkov Kiwi Production
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Berries, Crop Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

A producer and processor of kiwifruit in White Rock since 2008, Petkov Kiwi Production initiated a project to enhance production capacity, increase the market share of both their kiwifruit and processed jams, and expand their product lines. With the help of Buy Local funding, Petkov was able to update their website, create promotional materials and develop new packaging for all products, helping to increase brand awareness with BC shoppers and boost sales even before project completion. ($8,895)

Project Nitric Oxide Releasing Solution: A Novel Non-Antibiotic Alternative for the Treatment of Bovine Mastitis (INN274)
Organization Bovicor Pharmatech Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Dairy Cattle
Project Type Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

Mastitis is widely recognized as the most costly disease to dairy farmers, due to both reduced salable milk production and treatment cost. Nitric oxide (NO) is a naturally occurring antimicrobial nanomolecule that is produced in mammals and delivered in the form of nitric oxide releasing solution (NORS). NORS is being evaluated for the prevention of Bovine Respiratory Disease and is a promising treatment for mastitis. Using Agri-Innovation funding, this project aimed to demonstrate the following: in-vitro effect using infected milk of NORS on mastitis related pathogens; the safety and bioavailability of NORS at different concentrations to dairy cows; the safety of delivering NORS to sick animals; and a signal efficacy of NORS to treat mastitis using an induction model with S. Aureus. The results, published in the “Journal of Dairy Science,” confirmed that NORS has a bactericidal effect on bacteria associated with mastitis. The project demonstrated preliminary safety data that supported delivery of the drug to the udder, but further research is needed to justify larger field studies to evaluate the use of NORS to treat mastitis. ($125,586)

Project Proof of Concept for a Light Dispersing Plastic Covered Pod Concept Greenhouse (INN121)
Organization University of the Fraser Valley
Client Type Post- Secondary Institution
Sector Vegetables: Greenhouse Grown
Project Type Demonstration, Environment & Energy, Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

The BioPod is a light diffusing greenhouse designed by BW Global that was built in collaboration with the City of Surrey’s development office at the John Volken Academy (JVA). The BioPod works to create innovative opportunities to strengthen the Lower Mainland’s food system. Using Agri-Innovation funding, this project focused on testing the effect of new greenhouse covering material with improved properties related to light transmission, diffusion, heat transfer and condensation behaviour. The new high-performance material excelled from construction, maintenance, energy efficiency, and crop growth perspectives. The City of Surrey, JVA and the University of the Fraser Valley were awarded the BC Union of Municipalities Award for Leadership and Innovation for Agriculture in Fall 2016 for the Surrey BioPod Project. ($232,421)

Project Grower Dashboard (INN200)
Organization BC Chicken Marketing Board
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Poultry
Project Type Technology Development
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2017

The BC Chicken Marketing Board developed a database to increase grower support, grower performance, long-term sustainability, and optimize system efficiencies. The database provides an online platform for chicken growers to record their mandatory On Farm Food Safety, Animal Care, and Biosecurity Program requirements. With a single point of entry for information, the database further enables access to additional information that was previously recorded on paper-based forms. With the inclusion of an off-line option, the database has the capability for future expansion to streamline other industry processes and further enhance industry traceability and efficiency, while reducing laborious paperwork. ($33,641)

Project Pathogen and Mold Spore Eradication in Reclaimed Animal Bedding (INN190)
Organization GreenScene Agritek Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Livestock: Horses
Project Type Process Development / Refinement
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Having developed a method of recycling water horse bedding and reclaiming it as quality horse bedding, GreenScene Agritek (GSA) needed to devise a solution for three areas of concern in the process, including the eradication of pathogens/mold spores; increasing, regulating and recovering the heat available from the burner; and removing unhealthy fine dust. With Agri-Innovation funding, GSA was able to develop an environmentally-sound method for utilizing a waste stream from used bedding and provide a solution to reclaim, recycle, and reuse the by-product in a closed loop process. GSA now produces competitively priced bedding that is cleaner and safer, creating a new agricultural business model for the horse industry. ($114,188)

Project Demonstration of Okra and Eggplant Field Production in the Fraser Valley (INN310SP)
Organization University of the Fraser Valley
Client Type Post- Secondary Institution
Sector Vegetables: Field Grown
Project Type Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland
Date 2017

The Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley has an increased potential for new field vegetable production as a result of its expanding multicultural population. The objective of this project was to examine production and retail supply challenges related to okra and eggplant, with research comprised of field trials to evaluate the performance of different varieties and a retailer survey. While certain barriers for retailers were identified, the survey noted that California and Mexico were potential markets, as long as competitive pricing was introduced. The study also confirmed that okra and eggplant varieties can be successfully produced in the Fraser Valley. ($7,000)

Project Assessment of New Pest Management Tools that Address Priority Needs of the BC Cranberry Industry (INN289SP)
Organization BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Cranberries
Project Type Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

This project addressed high priority research items for the BC cranberry industry. Funding from the Agri-Innovation Program assisted in conducting research on cranberry tipworm, chemigation design and delivery, and fruit quality issues. The outcome provided information regarding the efficacy of new insecticides for tipworm control using chemigation application methods, assessed the efficacy of alternative chlorothalonil free fungicide programs, and highlighted resistance management techniques for cranberry fruit rot. ($8,947)

Project LocalDog Promoting Locally Sourced Dog Treats and Foods (BL205)
Organization Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Value Added: Pet Food Manufacturing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

Mass product recalls in the pet food market is common due to international product sourcing. The development of independent processing in a local market eliminates the need to source internationally, which is the goal of the Foley Dog Treat Company Inc. With a buy local focus, this project focused on the development and implementation of the “LocalDog” logo. To spread awareness and educate consumers on buying local, three sampling and information events were held. With the introduction of the LocalDog logo on their VitalityDog product, Foley was able to secure a new account which helped increase gross sales by 54% from the previous year. ($8,380)

Project Produce, Package, Distribute and Sell Beer made with BC only Ingredients (BL199)
Organization Pacific Western Brewing Company Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Wine / Spirits
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Pacific Western Brewing Co. Ltd. (PWB) is BC’s largest independent, locally owned brewery. This project set out to produce, package, and distribute a unique beer made only from BC ingredients. Thanks to the advertising, Point of Sale materials, corporate events, and package design work funded by the Buy Local Program, the launch of Cariboo Springs was a success. PWB received excellent feedback for their BC beer and are now enjoying repeat buys and expanded awareness in stores. ($30,844)

Project Marketing and Brand Development for Hope Farm (BL176)
Organization The Mustard Seed Street Church (Hope Farm Healing Centre)
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Vegetables: Field Grown
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

Hope Farm is a community-based farm that grows local, sustainable food for the Cowichan Valley. Supporting the mission of its parent organization, the Mustard Seed, the Farm works to connect recovering addicts with the land while offering healing counselling services. This initiative set out to create a clear “Hope Farm” brand as complementary to, but distinct from, the Mustard Seed. Using Buy Local funding, Hope Farm introduced a unique social media campaign, an updated web presence, printed marketing material, and an e-newsletter, helping to enhance their presence in the Cowichan Valley and emphasize their healing centre’s positive contribution to the community. ($14,400)

Project Harrison Select Branded Buy-Local Salmon Products Market Hub (BL216)
Organization Harrison Salmon Producers LLP
Client Type Corporation
Sector Aquaculture, Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Fraser Valley
Date 2017

Comprised of the Sts’ailes and Scowlitz Indian Bands, the Harrison Salmon Producers (HSP) embarked on a local salmon sales project that aimed to make locally-harvested salmon products accessible and affordable to rural British Columbians. Funded in part by the Buy Local Program, this project was designed to build HSP’s brand, Harrison Select, by standardizing product formats and labels and marketing materials aimed at the local area. Upon project completion, product offerings expanded from two to five, new packaging was introduced, vignette videos were created for social media featuring an Executive Chef, and website drop shipping was made available at select stores. ($25,777)

Project Laughing Stock is one of BC’s Best Premium Wineries (BL249)
Organization Laughing Stock Vineyards
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Wine / Spirits
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2017

Located on the Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards participated in the Buy Local Program as a way to build their brand and position the Vineyard as a premium producer of BC wines. Project funding enabled them to develop print and video marketing tools, pursue a new advertising channel in Vancouver’s Chinese media and participate in Top Drop, a new premium wine event where Laughing Stock was showcased alongside some of the top wineries in the world. ($6,029)

Project New Opportunities for Expanding the Emerging Water Buffalo Industry (BL230)
Organization McClintocks Farm
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Other Livestock
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2017

McClintocks Farm boasts a unique mix of water buffalo dairy, u-pick berries, and sweet corn. As most of the general public are unfamiliar with water buffalo products, this project aimed to introduce these through in-store demos, trade show exhibits, a targeted Google advertising campaign, and creating a wrap for the delivery trailer. Throughout the project, McClintocks Farm saw an increase in sales volume, revenue, and website visits. ($5,000)

Project Bliss…a different kind of Buzz! (BL140)
Organization Meadow Vista Honey Wines
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2016

Meadow Vista is an artisan farm winery that produces a line of six honey wines, using BC honey and fruits. The sparkling cherry honey wine Bliss, has captured the attention of the craft market. Funding from the Buy Local Program assisted Meadow Vista in promoting Bliss at events in Kelowna and the Lower Mainland; creating bookmarks and neck tags to draw consumers’ eyes to their honey wine; and producing radio commercials to capture the attention of local audiences. During the duration of the campaign, total revenue at the Winery increased by 52%, leaving Meadow Vista excited for a new range of possibilities in the future. ($9,921)

Project Brand Recognition of Maan Farms Products in BC (BL206)
Organization Maan Farms Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Berries, Crop Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Fraser Valley
Date 2017

Mann Farms has a long and proud history of providing quality local produce in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. Recognized for growing delicious strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, the ‘Mann Farms Country Experience’ also includes a winery, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more. Through active local marketing campaigns (print, radio, social media, and web) and the design and print of new labels, Mann Farms increased consumer awareness of its farm, brand, and products. Promoting their products with funding from the Buy Local Program, Mann Farms saw an increase in sales revenue of over 25%, and now sell their wine in over 75 private liquor stores in the Fraser Valley. ($75,000)

Project Projected BC Marketing Activities for 2016 (BL197)
Organization Greenhouse Grown Foods Inc. (dba Windset Farms)
Client Type Corporation
Sector Vegetables: Greenhouse Grown
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

With the increase of customer interest in buying local produce, Windset Farms recognizes the importance of promoting “Buy Local BC.” Funded through the Buy Local Program, Windset Farms hosted active and engaging in-store demos to reach their consumers face-to-face. Sales successfully increased by 14% with added promotion through cartvertising, new recipes, website updates and targeted social media campaigns. ($13,814)

Project Brand Launch for Little Cedar Falls Steelhead (BL136)
Organization Taste of BC Fine Foods Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Aquaculture
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2016

One of the first Land Based Recirculating Aquaculture System salmon farms in the world, Taste of BC’s goal is to meet local demand with high quality, fresh salmon. Albion Fisheries of Victoria, Quality Foods, and Taste of BC launched the Little Cedar Falls brand of fresh steelhead as a local Vancouver Island raised product. In this joint launch, the Buy Local Program funded a new branding package that appeared on POS brochures, product labels, Fish Gill Tags, and Filet Tags. At the close of their Buy Local initiative, Taste of BC has seen an increase in sales and media coverage, and is well on its way to becoming a recognized brand in the Vancouver Island marketplace. ($23,250)

Project Comprehensive Marketing & Brand Campaign for The Preservatory @ Vista D’oro (BL127)
Organization Vista D’oro Farms Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Vista D’oro Farms had a vision: to transform the property into a multi-functional farmgate and culinary operation. Today, that vision has been realized. “The Preservatory” is the commercial kitchen that works as a fermentation area for the winery, the Farmgate Shop, and Tasting Room. With funding from the Buy Local Program, Vista D’oro revitalized branding and renewed marketing efforts to create awareness and expand The Preservatory brand. The branding and marketing campaign successfully lead to an increase in online ordering, a growth in wholesale accounts, and an expanded social media reach. ($20,645)

Project Ambrosia Apple Market Strategic Plan (AF021-002)
Organization New Tree Fruit Varieties Development Council
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Apples
Project Type Market Research
Program Agri-Food Futures Fund
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2017

An Industry Steering Committee composed of representatives from BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, independent packers, Ambrosia growers, and New Tree Fruit Varieties Development Council worked with US consultants to develop new ideas for BC Ambrosia marketing. The three part approach to the strategic development process included situation analysis, grades and standards, and marketing strategy. The final strategy was widely communicated, and the report was well received by growers and industry packers. Over the next few years, new markets will develop with the 2017 crop as the start of the implementation process. This strategy will provide further guidance for the Council to follow when assessing funding requests. ($58,050)

Project Farmer to Farmer Forum (AF021-006AE-SP)
Organization Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Environment & Energy
Program Agri-Food Futures Fund
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Watershed Watch’s initiative, Connected Waters aims to reconnect waterways impacted by diking infrastructure on the lower mainland. To help facilitate positive relationships with local farmers, Watershed Watch hosted a peer-to-peer learning forum in Pitt Meadows to demonstrate how farmers and environmentalists can work together to cultivate and benefit from ecosystem services. A major takeaway from the forum was that incentivising farmers to provide ecosystem services is a feasible option. Watershed Watch plans to support those farmers interested in hosting enhancement projects on their lands, while continuing to support long-term sustainability. ($1,900)

Project Foliar Nutrient Practices for Improved Blueberry Yield (INN208)
Organization BC Blueberry Council
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Blueberries
Project Type Pilots / Demonstration
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2017

Although the ‘Draper’ variety presents many opportunities to BC blueberry growers due to its superior size, firmness, flavor, ease of harvest and more, it also poses significant challenges, including a physiological deficiency that results in premature drop of green fruit under BC’s specific climatic conditions. This results in a loss of up to 40 percent of the fruit in some fields, decreasing revenue and profit for many growers. This project developed a solution to the nutrient deficiency specific to ‘Draper’ and demonstrated the effectiveness of a set of improved management practices to mitigate this condition using foliar calcium spray applications. This information can now be used to virtually eliminate Green Fruit Drop and considerably improve yield in ‘Draper’ and economic benefit for the BC blueberry industry. ($38,500)

Project Transforming the Okanagan Apple Sector through Hard Cider & Blends (INN080)
Organization The BX Press Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Apples, Beverage Processing, Crop Processing
Project Type Market Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2015

In apple growing regions like Washington, Oregon, Nova Scotia, or Quebec the rapid growth of hard cider is providing a valuable income stream and spurring agri-tourism throughout the region. Intent on creating the same opportunities in BC, the Doberniggs began producing craft-made, natural ciders using the full juice from local apples and blends using other BC-sourced products like hops, cherries and berries. Using Agri-Innovation funding, they also conducted research to test consumer preferences between their cider blends and traditional dry apples ciders, and quantified the business opportunities for Okanagan apple growers. ($46,451)

Project Practical Application of AI in Asian Water Buffalo (INN130SP)
Organization G G McClintock
Client Type Agri-Business
Sector Other Livestock
Project Type Process Development / Refinement, Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2015

In an effort to improve the milking capability of North American water buffalo, farmers considered the option of importing water buffalo semen from Italy. However, its not always obvious when females go into heat and there wasn’t much information about artificial insemination available, unlike in more established livestock sectors. In collaboration with their veterinarians, a team of BC water buffalo farmers reviewed existing literature and consulted with Guelph Veterinary College, which had done some work with small herds in Ontario. They then inseminated buffalo with observed heats and tested a variety of protocols that synchronize herd breeding. Results were promising with three of the four producers continuing to use artificial insemination. Conception rates had previously averaged ten percent, but during a subsequent breeding season one farm had a 55 percent conception rate using artificial insemination. A guide is available upon request. ($3,639)

Project Agriculture Land Use Inventory for the South Cariboo & Lac La Hache Official Community Plans (B0016.40)
Organization Cariboo Regional District
Client Type Municipal / Local Government
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Agriculture Planning
Program Ag Area Planning Program
Region Cariboo
Date 2015

Agriculture Land Use Inventories (ALUI) help municipal planners understand the type and extent of agricultural activities; determine capacity for expansion; quantify any Agricultural Land Reserve land unavailable for agriculture; and estimate agricultural water demand. In the summer of 2014, BC Ministry of Agriculture agrologists, in collaboration with a Cariboo Regional District GIS technician, used a “windshield” survey method to prepare ALUI’s in the South Cariboo and Lac La Hache regional districts. From the road, they observed agricultural activity, land use and land cover. Where visibility was limited, they used aerial photography in combination with local knowledge. ($6,682)

Project Jealous Fruits Export Initiatives (EX090, EX095, EX157)
Organization Jealous Fruits Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Cherries
Project Type Export
Program GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2015

The Okanagan Valley’s Jealous Fruits leveraged export funding to promote cherries in the US, Europe and several Asian countries. They attended fruit shows, held in-store promotions, brought select customers to see their farms and travelled to meet buyers face-to-face, as well as created a new exhibit and marketing materials. After the completion of three export projects, sales increased by over 50 percent from the previous year, primarily south of the border. (up to $70,700)

Project International Media Mission to BC Shellfish & Seafood Trade Exposition (EX178)
Organization BC Salmon Farmers Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Aquaculture
Project Type Export
Program GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2015

In 2015, the BC Salmon Farmers Association partnered with the BC Shellfish Growers Association and Comox Valley Economic Development to bring international media to the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival and Expo. Media from the US, Korea, China and South America were hosted on special tours to salmon farms and shellfish operations, where they could meet and talk directly with producers. The value of the resulting TV, print and online coverage in international media outlets was estimated at $317,000, with circulation totalling 40 million. The increased exposure continues to drive further demand for BC seafood in these key export markets. ($22,654)

Project Micro-Maltery Pilot Project (INN198)
Organization Pemberton Distillery Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Wine / Spirits
Project Type Feasibility, Pilots / Demonstration, Process Development / Refinement
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

With the resurgence of craft brewing and distilling, the interest in and demand for specialty malts is growing. The art of malting grains is centuries old, and while small-scale malting used to be commonplace, in North America the industry is dominated by a handful of large malting houses. With support through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation program, Pemberton Distillers embarked on a one-year pilot project to design and build a micro-malting machine, and test the feasibility of a small-scale micro-malting facility to produce local specialty and custom malted grains for the growing craft brewing and distilling industries in BC. Overall, the process worked well to produce small batches of custom malt for distilling, but will need to be refined to produce the volume of malt needed by brewers. ($14,775)

Project Development of Closed-Containment & Aquaponics Technologies for White Sturgeon Aquaculture (SI005)
Organization Vancouver Island University
Client Type Post- Secondary Institution
Sector Aquaculture
Project Type Technology Development
Program Aquaculture Innovation Fund
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2016

With white sturgeon disappearing at alarming rates in the wild, there is increased interest in conservation and efforts to develop a closed-containment aquaculture industry. With funding through the Aquaculture Innovation Fund, Vancouver Island University undertook a two-year project to investigate the feasibility of white sturgeon aquaponics (the process of combining hydroponics and aquaculture), to help producers earn revenue even during the start-up phase. ($69,881)

Project Crunchetti – Another Great BC Locally Manufactured Product (BL159)
Organization Brockmann’s Chocolate Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

When the third-generation Brockmann family business prepared to launch their newest treat, Crunchetti, they turned to the Buy Local Program to help tell their story and introduce the new line of premium clusters as a gourmet snack of choice. In less than a year, almost 100 in-store sampling events were held and the company’s website and social media platforms were completely refreshed, helping them sell more than 30,000 bags of Crunchetti, generate over $100,000 of new revenue, and secure listings with over 100 retailers in BC! ($37,592)

Project Kamloops Water Demand Model & Soil Analysis (B0016.23.02)
Organization City of Kamloops
Client Type Municipal / Local Government
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Agriculture Planning, Environment & Energy
Program Ag Area Planning Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2016

When the City of Kamloops completed its first Agricultural Area Plan in 2013, there was an abundance of action items outlined, including the need for an Agriculture Water Demand Model to increase understanding of agricultural water use and strengthen BC’s commitment under the Living Water Strategy to reserve water for farmland. With federal and provincial funding delivered through IAF’s Agricultural Area Planning Program, the City was able to complete the water demand modelling exercise in 2016, providing industry with a better understanding of the opportunities and issues related to crop irrigation and helping to improve agricultural productivity in the area. ($5,000)

Project Get to Know Your Fisherman (BL169)
Organization Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery
Client Type Cooperative
Sector Aquaculture
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

Thanks to their Buy Local-funded campaign, “Get to know your fisherman,” Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery was able to create a strong, recognizable brand that clearly distinguishes their products from out-of-province competition in the crowded seafood market. And it’s clear from the numbers that they’ve caught the public’s attention—by the end of the 2016 sales season their new customer base in BC had risen by more than 60 percent from the previous season, while their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers continue to multiply. ($19,986)

Project Designing Energy-Efficient LEDs Produce Growers (INN189)
Organization QuantoTech Solutions Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Vegetables: Greenhouse Grown
Project Type Technology Development
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2016

With limited sunlight in northern regions and lack of farmland in urban centers, many BC producers struggle to meet the growing demand for fresh, local food year-round. Eager to fill the gap and help growers reduce greenhouse-related energy costs, QuantoTech Solutions completed a two-year project to develop energy-saving LED fixtures that would enable year-long local production. Northern and local growers now have the ability to achieve higher yields using half the electricity as conventional lighting, while also decreasing production time. ($35,397)

Project Agri-Laser Bird Control (INN214AE)
Organization Coral Beach Farms Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Cherries
Project Type Technology Development/Adaptation
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2016

With Agri-Innovation funding delivered through IAF’s Agri-Food Environment Initiative, Coral Beach Farms became the first cherry grower in BC to test the Agrilaser Autonomic Program during a two-year trial that demonstrated its efficacy in safely and humanely repelling birds. While Coral Beach continues to experiment with broader-based monitoring and programming at its other orchards, researchers are confident it will benefit all tree fruit, grape and berry growers. ($12,700)

Project HolyCrap—USA & International (EX017/069/203/317/347)
Organization HapiFoods Group Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Export
Program GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

HapiFoods launched several international marketing initiatives, focusing on US and Asian markets, including Japan, China and Korea. Export funding enabled the BC company to participate in 17 tradeshows that have created international brand awareness and generated international trade potential for the burgeoning enterprise. ($38,200)

Project HolyCrap! Buy Local (BL151)
Organization HapiFoods Group Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Food Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

Funding through the BC Buy Local Program was indispensable in securing HapiFoods’ Holy Crap cereal in local markets. Thanks to in-store demos that served almost 7,000 samplers, Holy Crap sales soared from four bags to 25 bags per day in BC chain stores like Whole Foods Market, Overwaitea, Save on Foods, Choices Market and London Drugs, as well as at smaller independent grocery stores in BC. ($6,126)

Project Cranberry Productivity Enhancement (A0678.01/.02)
Organization BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Cranberries
Project Type Research
Program Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program, Safety Net
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2016

With the aim of increasing cranberry production within Canada, the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission completed this five-year project to develop the BC Cranberry Research Farm, the first research facility of its kind in Canada and the fourth in North America. In addition to providing BC growers with information to improve their plantings, researchers are also exploring the impacts of cranberry production on greenhouse gases, insect populations and soil and groundwater. ($218,133)

Project Improved Semiochemical Application Technology for Mating Disruption of BC Orchard Pests (INN018)
Organization SemiosBio Technologies Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Tree Fruits
Project Type Technology Development
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2013

Using Agri-Innovation funding, Michael Gilbert, founder of SemiosBio Technologies Inc., was able to implement and enhance a cost-effective application of pheromones for codling moth mating disruption. Not only has this allowed orchardists to minimize their use of inputs and reduce environmental impacts, but the Semios system also protects biodiversity by only applying species-specific pheromones that do not affect beneficial insects. ($140,000)

Project BC Chicken Social Media Strategy (BL019)
Organization BC Chicken Marketing Board
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Poultry
Project Type Local Marketing, Market Research
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2013

Increasing consumer knowledge of chicken production and clarifying common misconceptions about the industry can help build consumer trust, increase consumption and foster industry growth. This project researched common consumer concerns regarding chicken production, developed clear messaging to address concerns and dispel myths, and created new promotional channels including Facebook, Twitter and  YouTube to facilitate interaction between the industry and its target audience. ($36,700)

Project RDBN Agricultural Land Use Inventory (A0735)
Organization Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
Client Type Municipal / Local Government
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Agriculture Planning
Program Safety Net
Region Nechako
Date 2013

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) undertook this project to complete an Agricultural Land Use Inventory (LUI) of Smithers and Vanderhoof, which surround the RDBN and are of high agricultural value. The detailed inventory of agricultural land is a valuable planning tool for local governments in areas with agricultural land use complexity and competition. The LUI provides a baseline data for comparison, allowing local governments to track agricultural operations over time and monitor interface activities. The LUI provides a clearer picture of land use and agricultural operations, helping in the development of policies and regulations that enable the government to make informed decisions regarding land use applications. ($11,200)

Project BC Agriculture Sector Labour Communication Strategy – Phase 1 (A0669)
Organization BC Agriculture Council
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Market Research
Program 2010 Industry Opportunities Fund
Region BC-wide
Date 2012

The attraction and retention of skilled labour is a critical factor in the future competitiveness and viability of BC’s agricultural industry. Key areas such as image improvement, expanded training and skills development, skilled worker attraction strategies, seasonal foreign worker employment and industry leadership are needed to address the issues currently facing producers in the province. This project developed a marketing and communication strategy to help gauge effectiveness of industry communications and compile employer and human resources and strategies to address the lack of awareness of industry employment opportunities. ($29,405)

Project Tipi Mountain Market Opportunity Assessment (SP223ES)
Organization St. Mary’s Indian Band
Client Type First Nations
Sector Crop Processing, Health Products & Nutraceuticals
Project Type Aboriginal Agriculture, Market Research
Program Agri-Food Futures Fund
Region BC-wide
Date 2014

The cosmetic and medical applications of native plant species have garnered the interest of a variety of companies, creating many opportunities in value-added processing. Tipi Mountain and St. Mary’s Indian Band undertook this project to gauge the opportunities to market value-added farm products. The assessment reviewed the market for medicinal and cosmetic applications, industry structure and pricing, regulations, provided strategies to process and promote value-added farm products, and compiled list of potential products for value-added processing. ($10,000)

 

Project Use of Humic Acid as Foliar Nutrition in Organic Vineyards (INN184SP)
Organization Kalala Organic Vineyards Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Grapes / Viticulture
Project Type Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2014

When used as a foliar nutrient, Humic acid (HA) has the potential to increase crop vigor, quality and quantity in the organic viticulture industry (which may not be absorbed into the soil in time to affect crop improvement in a season). With a limited amount of information on HA efficacy available, this project set out to investigate the beneficial effects of HA sprays on crops, as well as the chemical properties of juice to help organic viticulturists enhance nutrition and production practices. Results were promising, with HA shown to increase productivity of commercial grape vines, improve the chemical properties of extracted juices and result in lower rates of mildew infestations. ($4,300)

 

Project Assessing New Pest Management Tools for BC’s Cranberry Industry (INN173SP)
Organization BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Cranberries
Project Type Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2014

This research project assessed new insecticide chemistries to control fireworm and tipworm, herbicidal activity for priority BC cranberry weeds, and Blackvine Weevil control with chemical formulations. Research results and information on controlling and managing insect pests is available to growers through the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission. ($8,389)

Project Shuswap Agricultural Strategy (A0698)
Organization Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Client Type Municipal / Local Government
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Agriculture Planning
Program Safety Net
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2014

The Shuswap Agricultural Strategy was developed to support sustainable growth of the regional agricultural industry, provide protection of agriculturally capable land and integrate existing economic and land use policies into future strategic plans. The strategy, which addressed various municipalities in the region, finalized a document that will guide policy, action and investment in the Shushwap, as well as provide context and background on the state of regional agriculture. The strategy solidifies a vision for agriculture in the Shushwap and outlines recommended actions and implementation plans to guide the regional district and other stakeholders to achieve their goals. ($24,346)

Project Research to Formulate & Test Fertilizer from Biofuel By-Products (INN078)
Organization Cowichan Energy Alternatives
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Crop Processing
Project Type Environment & Energy, Product Development
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2014

This project aimed to create and validate a plant fertilizer developed from biofuel waste, in the hopes of offering BC producers the first locally-produced fertilizer. While the efficacy of a glycerin-based formulation (the waste product of biofuel production) as a soil amendment ultimately proved unfeasible, glycerin was found to be a cost-effective supplement when compared to conventional products, while also offering environmental benefits by reducing CO2 emissions. ($67,700)

Project British Columbia Grape Industry Acreage Survey (SP225)
Organization BC Grapegrowers Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Grapes / Viticulture
Project Type Research
Program Safety Net
Region BC-wide
Date 2014

As BC’s grape and wine industry faces potential surpluses, growers and sales agencies need to know which varieties are in full production and the volume anticipated. Data on roughly 95% of BC grape acreage was produced through this survey, which will help predict shortages/surpluses of future varieties and aid in marketing efforts and investment opportunities. ($4,455)

 

 

Project Exploring Foliar Cranberry Pest Control with a New Natural Pesticide (INN186SP)
Organization BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Cranberries
Project Type Research
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2014

While recognized internationally as a low-risk pesticide, extracts from the Neem tree have not yet been registered for use in Canada. This project involved a series of field trials to determine the efficacy of this biopesticide. Results have shown Neem extract does affect the lifecycle of economically significant pests and can provide both conventional and organic cranberry growers with a viable pest management tool. ($2,500)

Project Demonstration of Bumble Bee & Indicator Plant Gardens (INN172SP)
Organization BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Cranberries
Project Type Demonstration
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region Fraser Valley
Date 2014

This project focused on building a bumble bee demonstration garden with an emphasis on data collection of bumble bee activity. Various plants were placed in the demonstration garden to assess bumble bee attraction, with promising results documented in a handful of species. The demonstration project indicated that similar gardens could be established around commercial cranberry production crops, which could help producers improve pollination and monitor and manage pests. ($3,025)

Project Viability Initiative: Federally Inspected Beef Packing Plant in BC (A0769)
Organization BCCA Program Delivery Inc.
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Beef Cattle
Project Type Feasibility
Program Safety Net
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2015

This feasibility study was conducted to evaluate the potential for developing and operating a federally inspected beef packaging plant in BC. The study found that a small plant within BC is viable, provided enough producer interest in supplying niche markets exists (as demand for specialty beef has steadily increased in major markets such as North America and China). The proposed plant would allow producers to tailor their products to meet consumer requirements specific to each export market. Further development of the plant’s business plans and commercialization strategies was identified as key action items before proceeding. ($124,000)

Project Food Hub Feasibility Study: A New Model for Cooperative Ag Development (SP218)
Organization BC Cooperative Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Feasibility
Program Safety Net
Region Vancouver Island
Date 2015

A food hub manages food products across the supply chain as a way of helping local and regional producers satisfy demand on a wholesale and retail level. This study explored the potential to operate a cooperative organization under the food hub model, by examining the feasibility of building a community of support services that would facilitate easier market access for local producers. The study identified the Cowichan Valley as an ideal base for a food hub cooperative, and proposed various models for development. ($10,000)

Project Development & Demonstration for Processing a Rubber-Bearing Plant in BC (INN076)
Organization Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Crop Processing
Project Type Pilots / Demonstration
Program GF2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2015

The plant Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) produces high quality inulin and rubber, the former of which can be used in the production of bioethanol, and the latter a high-value hypoallergenic plant derivative that can be used in place of natural rubber. This project piloted BC-production of the TKS plant along with the process of extracting and purifying the rubber and inulin from the crop, demonstrating a feasible new cash crop for BC producers. ($125,000)

Project Perfect Pairings BC (BL011)
Organization BC Wine Institute
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2014

The Perfect Pairings initiative highlighted local BC wine and agri-food products by pairing the two together to create the ultimate dining experience for BC consumers. The project joined notable BC farm-to-table chefs, restaurants and sommeliers to promote agri-food products through wine and food pairing events and distribution of recipes using local ingredients. The project provided valuable consumer education on BC wine and agri-food products and helped contribute to an increase in sales of BC VQA wine throughout the province. ($100,000)

Project North Cariboo Farm Country, Grown For You, Branding Expansion & Awareness Project (BL010)
Organization Quesnel Community & Economic Development Corporation
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Local Marketing
Program BC Government's Buy Local Program
Region Cariboo
Date 2014

The Cariboo-Central region of BC is one of the province’s most important areas for cattle ranching and enjoys a resource-based economy with a strong agricultural sector. The North Cariboo Farm Country “Grown for You” branding expansion and awareness project aimed to increase demand for regional agricultural products in the local community. The project brought together agricultural producers from the North Cariboo region and promoted the brand in their communities, uniting local businesses and raising consumer awareness for products under the “Grown for You” banner. ($22,000)

Project BC Carcass Tracking & Quality Information System (A0616)
Organization BCCA Program Delivery Inc.
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Beef Cattle
Project Type Technology Development
Program Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
Region BC-wide
Date 2013

The first provincial system of its kind, the BC Beef Quality Information System was developed by the BC Association of Abattoirs and the BC Cattlemen’s Association to offer dual capabilities of carcass traceability and quality assessment. The system enables animal tracking from birth through rearing, slaughtering and processing, and provides feedback on carcass quality to help producers improve management decisions and meet market demand. Launched in October 2013, training for beef producers and processors on the system has been ongoing across the province. ($272,841)

Project BC Hoof Health Industry Education & Training Outreach Program (A0679)
Organization AR-PE Hooftrimming Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Dairy Cattle
Project Type Demonstration
Program Safety Net
Region BC-wide
Date 2013

Three one-day seminars were held across BC, culminating in a three-day conference that covered topics including automated milking, dairy barn design and hoof health. More than 200 participants were involved, including dairy farmers, herd managers and service suppliers to the industry, from veterinarians and trimmers to building contractors and feed nutritionists. ($32,175)

Project BC Dairy Hoof Health Project (A0628)
Organization AR-PE Hooftrimming Ltd.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Dairy Cattle
Project Type Demonstration, Research
Program Safety Net
Region Fraser Valley
Date 2012

Multi-stakeholder BC Dairy Hoof Health Group, AR-PE Hooftrimming organized a workshop to teach hoof trimmers how to properly identify various lesions and standardize data recording. During the ensuing months, more than 32,000 trims were recorded, covering over 15,000 animals from 85 herds throughout BC. New findings began to emerge from the new database, including most prevalent causes of lesions and regional differences in the types of lesions found. A subsequent project funded information sharing within the industry. ($39,183)

Project City of Kamloops Agriculture Area Plan (B0016.23)
Organization City of Kamloops
Client Type Municipal / Local Government
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Agriculture Planning
Program Safety Net
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2014

One of the top priorities for Kamloops residents is agriculture. According to the 2010 Sustainable Kamloops Plan, people want a better understanding of where agricultural land is, how it should be used or enhanced, and what opportunities are available for increased food production and processing. After two years of extensive consultation, the Kamloops Ag Area Plan has identified a series of priorities and strategies, including bringing city bylaws and policies into alignment with those of the ALC on issues like agri-tourism, reducing urban/rural conflict and more. ($19,386)

Project Thompson Shuswap Food Connections (A0683)
Organization Community Futures Development Corporation of Thompson Country
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Pan Agriculture
Project Type Feasibility
Program Safety Net
Region Thompson-Okanagan
Date 2013

This project aimed to diversify local farm production and expand local markets by connecting major buyers to local producers. Three regional institutions were examined for the type and amount of food consumed (as well as relevant carbon emission costs), followed by local producer canvassing to determine if food demand could be supplied by regional farms and food processors. The partnerships facilitated by the project yielded a new five-year local purchasing agreement for meat products with Thompson Rivers University. ($38,796)

Project 3-D Fencing for Wildlife Control (AEWF-13-002)
Organization Peace River Forage Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Forage
Project Type Research
Program Agriculture & Environment Wildlife Fund
Region Peace River
Date 2013

This project funded research to investigate a variety of fence designs and monitor the results for optimum wildlife control. Three-dimensional fences are constructed with height, depth and width. The resulting visual effect causes wildlife to approach the fence with caution, and an electrified outer fence provides and incentive for the animals to look elsewhere. Ultimately the goal is to provide guidelines for affordable, easy fencing solutions to farmers to secure their feed and protect their investment. ($87,850)

Project Export Seminar for the BC Agri-food Sector (SP193)
Organization BC Food Processors Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Forage
Project Type Research
Program Safety Net
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2013

BC food and beverage processors were able to learn more about export opportunities through this Export Essentials Seminar, which provided a market overview and in-depth market information. One-on-one meetings between processors and an importer from Dubai were also offered, and tours of local retailers and processing facilities helped increase the buyer’s knowledge of the BC market. ($6,158)

Project Adaptation of Sake Rice Varieties to the Fraser Valley (SP190 ES)
Organization Artisan Sakemaker Inc.
Client Type Corporation
Sector Beverage Processing
Project Type Product Development
Program Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
Region Fraser Valley
Date 2013

After producing premium sake in Canada with rice imported from Japan, Artisan Sakemaker decided to try growing sake rice in Abbotsford and be the first to offer 100% local sake. Project funding supported field trials of three varieties of rice, resulting in a new product to Canada – Fraser Valley Junmai Sake. ($4,994)

Project Green Roofs Plants Research Project (A0602)
Organization BC Landscape & Nursery Association
Client Type Industry Association / Organization
Sector Landscape & Nursery
Project Type Research
Program Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
Region Lower Mainland
Date 2013

Green roofs are an emerging aspect of the landscape and nursery industry, with significantly different growing conditions than the average garden. Research funded through this project provided key information about optimal establishment techniques as well as how green roofs add another environmental benefit by muffling noise pollution in cities. ($108,172)

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