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Farm Practices & Adaptation


The BC Farm Practices & Climate Change Adaptation series

Agricultural producers continually adapt to changing conditions in their production environment. In particular, producers are accustomed to adjusting to, or managing through, difficult weather. When making management decisions or contemplating investments to reduce weather related risks, producers have a range of practical issues to consider including compatibility with current practices, cost, and potential benefits.

courtesy Carla Trask / Picture BC

Climate change projections indicate that the degree of variation and extremes in weather will intensify, and this means that farm management decisions will become increasingly complex. In 2012-2013 the Farm Practices & Climate Change Adaptation research project engaged with producers across the province about current and innovative farm practices with the intent of evaluating how these practices may support adaptation for climate change. Key project objectives included:

  • Developing a basic framework to analyze (adaptive) agricultural practices in relation to conditions, locations and production systems in BC;
  • Utilizing the framework to assess practices for their potential to strengthen farm resilience (in a changing climate); and
  • Identifying areas for further research, demonstration or pilot work as well as possible barriers to implementation.

Information was collected from producers across a mixture of enterprise sizes, types, and commodities. 29 farms were visited to document practices in the field. Analysis incorporating a number of criteria was then used to evaluate the farm practices, to help identify factors involved in farm management decision-making, and identify the potential for specific practices to increase resilience to climate change.