Cariboo – 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|
This project will bolster producer knowledge of pest issues and management options in the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions.
As temperatures warm – particularly winter temperatures – the range and prevalence of pests, diseases and invasive species is anticipated to shift. These changes may include conditions that enable existing problem species to increase and new species to move into the region.
A previous CAI project ranked agricultural pest threats, including the scale and severity of their impacts, and identified existing research, monitoring and/or management support. The project’s final report outlined actions to mitigate the risks of prioritized pests to the local agriculture sector, and this project will address some of those actions.
This project will:
- develop and deliver training resources and sessions specifically targeted to the agriculture sector
- update and/or develop resources and information for producers on impacts, identification and management practices for high priority pests
- increase reporting and monitoring by supporting producers and youth to identify and report agriculture pests – including diseases, insects, invasive plants and animals – via a phone app
- develop communications materials targeting producer associations and youth groups to raise awareness of high priority pests and what actions can be taken to avoid their spread