January 2023 AgriService BC e-Bulletin
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Organic Transition Program - Applications for Funding Now Open!

The Organic Transition Program assists organic producers financially with their added costs incurred while transitioning to organic farming.

This program reimburses producers for their paid certification costs up to $1,000 maximum. 

Who is Eligible?
This program is for farmers in their first, second or third year of pre-certification or for farmers already certified organic and are increasing their organic acreage. We have nearly double the amount of funding as last year and we are pleased to provide this level of assistance to farmers!

Click here to learn more about the program and to apply.
Accepting applications until all funds are allocated or by June 30, 2023.

Apply now by sending your completed form to info@canada-organic.ca COTA reserves the right to refuse funding if insufficient paperwork is provided.




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Applications for the Light Reflecting Materials Program - OPEN

The Light Reflecting Material Program (LRM) provides 50% cost-shared funding, for producers to purchase light reflecting materials (LRMs). Materials must be purchased from approved sellers for installation and use in the 2023 growing season. Research and practical demonstrations show that light reflecting materials improve colouring and enhance product quality when apples are harvested at the proper ripeness (e.g. not overripe due to delays in harvest to attain higher colour saturation).

This program is delivered under the new Tree Fruit Industry Stabilization Plan (TFISP), with support from the Steering Committee and administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAF).

Applications accepted until March 15, 2023 at 4:30pm PST. Applications will be reviewed and approved on a first come, first serve basis until funding is fully allocated.

For more details, including eligibility information, and how to apply, visit: www.iafbc.ca/tree-fruit




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Livestock Tag-Reader Rebate Program

Accepting applications until all funding disbursed.

The Livestock Tag Reader Rebate program provides up to $3,500 annual cost share funding for the implementation of livestock tag readers (hand-held or panel readers), reader installation, related software, and related equipment training. This program is funded under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Applicants must own, sell, feed, house, or care for cattle, hogs, sheep, bison, cervids, horses and/or goats in B.C.

Eligible applicants include B.C. Livestock Operators such as:
• Ranchers
• Abattoirs
• 4-H Districts 

Please check the CCIA RFID Readers List to confirm which tag readers are eligible for funding.

For more information, or to apply visit https://bctraceability.ca/ 





BC Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program

Employers who provide housing to farm workers, including on-site camping, are responsible for supporting the accommodations and day-to-day needs (e.g. food) of self-isolating workers due to COVID-19. With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, we remind employers that the BC Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program is available until March 2023.

Employers can apply for up to $3000 for each farm worker supported to safely isolate in a hotel or motel.
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Discover the Latest Trends in the Agriculture Industry

The Pacific Agriculture Show will showcase the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry. Join thousands of farmers and agri-food producers in comparing and investigating what over 300 exhibitors have to make your operation more efficient.

BC‘s agriculture industry is unique in its diversity and the Show attracts an attendance from all the livestock and horticulture sectors including: dairy, cattle, poultry, equine, hogs, llamas, alpacas, to vegetable, berry, grape, bulb, ornamentals, hothouse, flower and shrub growing and more.

Jan 26 – 28, 2023; 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tradex Exhibition Centre (Abbotsford Airport), Abbotsford, BC.

For more information, visit: https://www.agricultureshow.net/

Be sure to visit the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food's booth while you're there!
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Regenerative Agriculture & Growers Short Course

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in partnership with the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association (LMHIA), will deliver the Regenerative Agriculture & Growers Short Course in conjunction with the 2023 Pacific Agricultural Show on January 26 – 28, 2023. The event will be hosted at the Tradex Center in Abbotsford, and may be attended either in-person, or virtually/online from home! 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has increased its support and funding for this year‘s event, and have greatly reduced the admission fee to attend the short courses to just $15 per attendee! This will save short course attendees over $100 per person for this years event. Also, sessions that are directly related to showcasing new or existing farm practices that will enhance B.C.‘s food security such as the Regenerative Agriculture Innovation Day and Every Chef Needs a Farmer seminars will be made free to attend by any attendee from the tradeshow floor! 

Follow this link to register for the Short Course, and to learn more about beneficial farming practices and market opportunities!




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Grain Marketing AgriWebinar Series

Join the Farm Management Canada’s Grain Marketing Agriwebinar Series to learn about crop marketing and the foundational tools to start your journey to proactively navigating your profitability.

January 4; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST: Using Financial Tools to Market Your Crop 
January 24; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST: Developing a Solid Grain Marketing Plan 

For more information and registration visit: https://fmc-gac.com/grain-marketing-agriwebinars/





Farm Transition Appreciation Day

The next Farm Transition Appreciation Day (FTADay) is taking place on January 10, 2023.

Over the next 10 years, 75% of farms across Canada will change hands.

FTADay was created to encourage and celebrate the progress Canada’s farmers are making to secure the future of farming in Canada. It is a groundswell movement to motivate farmers to start, restart and keep going with farm succession through inspirational stories shared on social media and live events. And, the one day of the year when we can come together to help farmers through their farm transition journey.

Check out some of the Farm Transition events coming to you this winter:

January 10, 2023: Succession Planning on Canadian Farms: Evidence from the Farm Financial Survey 

January 10, 2023: Handing Over the Keys: Transferring Knowledge in Farm Transition

January 10, 2023: Prioritizing Emotional Wellbeing While Finding Harmony in Farm Transition
For more information and to register visit: https://fmc-gac.com/ftaday/




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Virtual Risk Management Training Workshops for Meat Producers

Farm Management Canada and the Small-Scale Meat Producers Association are offering virtual Risk Management Training Workshops for Meat Producers*. 

WORKSHOP 1 – Beef Producers Only
January 10th and 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST

WORKSHOP 2 – All Meat Producers
January 11th and 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST

WORKSHOP 3 – All Meat Producers
January 13th and 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST

Cost: $30 to producers

*Producers must attend both sessions to complete the workshop. Space is limited and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Link to Register: https://fmc-gac.com/rts-bc/ 




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Islands Agriculture Show 2023
"Growing Stability in Uncertain Times"

We are excited to announce the 2023 Islands Agriculture Show will be held February 3rd & 4th, 2023 at Cowichan Exhibition in Duncan, BC. 

The IAS team is working on another great lineup of conference sessions that reflect this year's theme: "Growing Stability in Uncertain Times".

Thank you for your continued support of the Islands Agriculture Show and its promotion of agriculture on Vancouver Island and we’ll see you in February!
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Welcoming new Seafood Industry Advisors to the Aquaculture and Marine Fisheries Team!

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has hired two Seafood Industry Advisors within the Extension and Support Services Branch. The Seafood Industry Advisors are based out of the Courtenay office and are the province-wide point of contact for the Aquaculture and Marine Fisheries Sector within the Ministry.

Seafood Industry Advisors develop and promote seafood production and processing systems that are sustainable and enhance the economic benefits to the province. They provide technical expertise, leadership and support to external stakeholders on industry initiatives and programs, facilitate resolution to industry issues, assist with the development and implementation of strategic plans, research projects and funding opportunities.

Seafood Industry Advisors can be reached through AgriService BC.
Telephone: 1 888 221-7141
Email: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca




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Provincial Seafood Processing Capacity Assessment

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has contracted G S Gislason & Associates Ltd (GSG) to undertake a provincial seafood processing capacity assessment. The study aims to assess the current state, competitiveness, and needs of seafood processing in B.C. The goal is to better understand the opportunities and barriers to enhancing seafood processing capacity, in order to develop an action plan for industry and government collaboration to increase processing capacity and innovation for B.C. caught and grown seafood. GSG has been interviewing key seafood industry members for input into the study.

If you wish to provide input to the study, please contact Gordon Gislason at gsg@gsg.bc.ca, (604) 685-7936.

The project ends on March 24, 2023. 
 Want to see webinars that could support your business?
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Want to grow your farm or food business?

Contact AgriService BC   
Email: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca

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