AgriServiceBC: News and Resources February 2022
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regenBC Conference Recordings Now Available!

September's regenBC regenerative agriculture and agritech conference had over 500 individuals including farmers, industry associations, academia and industry businesses register.
We are thrilled to be able to share the conference recordings so everyone can benefit and learn from the highly regarded experts who came together and shared their research, experiences, and learnings at regenBC. 




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Join BC Young Farmers for Farm Fest!

Wednesday, February 9th, 6:00-7:00pm - Farm Finance FAQs

Join Connor Watson and Cole Hofman from TD Agriculture Services for answers to the common questions they hear from young farmers - such as how a bank assesses your debt serviceability, and managing cash flow in a seasonal business.
Register here >  Feb 9, 2022 - Zoom

Thursday, February 10th, 6:00-7:00pm - The Environmental Farm Plan

Andrew Bennett (MSc, PAg, CID) will present on the benefits of the BC Environmental Farm Plan program to farms in all sectors. Learn how the program offers free, confidential, one-on-one consultation and risk assessment with an independent planning advisor opens access to a wide range of funding opportunities to improve your farm and reduce environmental risks.
Register here >  Feb 10, 2022 - Zoom





Pacific Agriculture Show 

Date: March 31 - April 2, 2022
Location: Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, BC
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.





BC Virtual Organic Conference

Join Organic BC February 27 and March 6, 9 am - 12:30 pm for the 29th annual BC Organic Conference, a combination of podcasts and facilitated online sessions! This year's theme discusses the chaos and convergence that producers have been experiencing over the past 18 months. 




Horticultural Growers Short Course

Date: March 31 - April 2, 2022

The Horticultural Growers’ Short Course is presented together with BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Pacific Agriculture Show.

Funding for the LMHIA Short Course is provided in part by the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
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Health and Wellness Support for Agriculture Producers and Processors 

The government of British Columbia cares about the well-being of producers and processors, workers, and their families and recognizes that they face unique challenges that can lead to health and wellness issues.

Help is available whenever it is needed. Reach out to a friend or use an anonymous service to share your experience and feelings with people who care.

You matter, and you're important. We're all in this together.




Hazelnut Renewal Program

The Hazelnut Renewal Program provides funding to remove infected trees to mitigate the spread of Eastern Filbert Blight and to incentivize the planting of new disease-resistant hazelnut trees in British Columbia.
2022-2023 Spring Intake for the Hazelnut Renewal Program is NOW OPEN!

The program will be accepting applications from February 2, 2022 to March 28, 2022 for planting or removal projects that occurred or will occur between March 2022 and June 2022




Livestock Tag Reader Rebate Program

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is pleased to announce that the Livestock Tag Reader rebate program is now accepting applications until 2023. This program is for livestock operations who own, sell, feed, house, or care for cattle, hogs, sheep, bison, cervids, horses and/or goats in B.C. This program provides cost-share funding for the implementation of livestock tag readers (hand-held or panel readers), reader installation, related software, and related equipment training. 

Subject to program eligibility and funding availability.




The Path Forward: A Blueprint for B.C.‘s Tree Fruit Industry

After months of intensive industry engagement, the Province released The Path Forward: A Blueprint for B.C.‘s Tree Fruit Industry in November 2021. The tree fruit industry stabilization project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (the Ministry) in consultation with an external advisory committee made up of key stakeholders, was launched in February 2021. The...




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FREE Foundations in Agricultural Management Online Course

The University of Guelph is now offering a FREE Foundations in Agricultural Management online course. 




Farm Financial Fluency Training for Dairy Producers

Farm Management Canada, in partnership with MNP, is pleased to offer Canadian Dairy farmers the opportunity to sign up for their new Farm Financial Fluency training program.

Through the Farm Financial Fluency program, you will learn:
✓ Why financial reporting is important and to whom 
✓ Key differences between types of financial reporting and who uses what...




AgriShield is Now Available for a FREE TRIAL

AgriShield is a user-friendly risk assessment and management tool, developed by Farm Management Canada, that helps you identify risks to your farm and mitigate them through an itemized, prioritized action plan. Having a risk management plan has been shown to not only increase profits, but also help reduce stress and support greater peace of mind.  

To try the platform for free, please visit 





E-Commerce for Canadian food and beverage companies

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has established an e-commerce resource hub where companies can access resources to take advantage of global opportunities to sell food and beverage products online. Among the market-specific trend reports, you will...





Wine Exporting 101

Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Exporting your alcohol products beyond B.C. is a great way to have your products known by international trade and consumers across the country and beyond, from Alberta to Asia! Expanding your reach internationally is no...





Agricultural Excellence Conference...

Farm Management Canada‘s flagship learning event, the Agricultural Excellence Conference took place November 24-26, 2021. The theme, "The Challenge of Change", was about acknowledging that change can be difficult and also provides immense opportunity - learning how to confront change with confidence is key. 

While the Conference has ended, the learning opportunities continue! Insights and advice from over 30 incredible speakers are now available through their YouTube channel.
Missed a session or want to re-watch a session? Check out the Conference recordings!

B.C. Agricultural Labour Survey

The B.C. Agricultural Labour Survey is being distributed to businesses and organizations within the agriculture and seafood industry to collect important information about their workforce and their experience with recruiting workers. B.C. agriculture, aquaculture and fishing operations will receive a postcard invitation to take this voluntary survey online. The survey should take around 20 minutes to answer. It will be open from mid-February to March 27, 2022.

The survey is being conducted by BC Stats in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The purpose is to get a more accurate picture of the agricultural labour market and needs in B.C., to help develop workforce policies

Please take the time to answer this survey when you receive the invitation--your participation will help the ministry to support you better in the future.




2021 Farm Management Survey

Statistics Canada is now actively contacting farm operators to complete the Farm Management Survey. Livestock and crop operations (specifically dairy, beef, poultry, pig, field crops, forage crops and vegetable, fruit, berry, and nut crops) will receive an invitation by letter or email. 

Learn more about the survey and how Statistics Canada acquires and uses your data. 
 Want to see more webinars to support that could support your business? Visit our AgriService B.C. Past Webinars library to view other recorded webinars.
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