Keywords Client Client type Sector Project type Program Region Date
Project Client Client Type Sector Project Type Program Region Date
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 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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