Cariboo – Priority Pests: Scan, Consultation & Action Plan [cb09]
|Status||completed in 2018|
|Project Lead||Kersley Farmers’ Institute|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
A changing climate is influencing agricultural pest dynamics and their impacts on agricultural production in the Cariboo region. During the Cariboo Adaptation Strategies planning process, stakeholders identified a number of agricultural pests of concern and also highlighted a significant gap in regional support activity. This project was implemented to help regional producers begin to adapt to emerging pest management issues resulting from climate change.
Consultations were conducted using a survey and an interview process, to develop lists of priority plant, insect, disease and other agricultural pests. A ranking was assigned to these current and emerging agricultural pest threats based on individual pest’s current and potential distributions if unmanaged, the scale and severity of their impacts on various types of regional agricultural production, and the existing research, monitoring and/or management support. The consultations, combine with a separate literature review, was used to inform this ranking and to identify a gaps in regional extension, monitoring and research work, with potential project partners identified. Six recommendations are put forward in the report below to support pest management in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.