Keywords Client Client type Sector Project type Program Region Date
Project Client Client Type Sector Project Type Program Region Date
Farmer to Farmer Forum (AF021-006AE-SP) Watershed Watch Salmon Society Not-For-Profit Aquaculture 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 Farmer to Farmer Forum (AF021-006AE-SP)
Organization Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Client Type Not-For-Profit
Sector Aquaculture
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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