Agricultural Pest Identification & Management Tools for the Cariboo [cb13]
|Status||in progress: Dec 2018 to Feb 2020|
|Project Lead||Invasive Species Council of BC|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Invasive Species Council of BC|
|Other Partners||BC Ministry of Agriculture, Kersley Farmers' Institute, Cariboo Cattlemen Association, Cariboo Growers, Cariboo Regional District|
As temperatures warm, particularly winter temperatures, the range and prevalence of pests, diseases and invasive species is anticipated to shift. These changes may involve conditions that enable existing problem species to increase and new species to move into the region. With the anticipated changes to pest populations there is a need to bolster producer knowledge of pest issues and management options.
The Priority Pests of the Cariboo-Chilcotin final report ranked current and emerging agricultural pest threats based on each 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. This report identifies six actions to address and mitigate the risks of prioritized pests to the agriculture sector in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.
This project includes four components to address actions outlined in the previous project:
- To develop and deliver training resources and sessions specifically targeted to the agriculture sector.
- To update and/or develop and provide resources and information to agriculture producers on impacts, identification and management practices for high priority pests.
- To increase reporting and monitoring: To support and engage agriculture producers, along with youth, to identify and report agriculture pests through online reporting via a phone app for diseases, insects, invasive plants and animals.
- To develop communications materials targeting producer association and youth groups to raise awareness of high priority pests and what actions to take to avoid their spread.