Cowichan – Business Case for Regional Agriculture Extension Services [cw03]
|Status||completed in 2014|
|Project Lead||Economic Development Cowichan|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Cowichan Valley Regional District|
With the increasing weather variability and extremes associated with climate change, the complexity in farm management and decision-making will also grow. With the challenges associated with climate change, the lack of available agricultural extension services was identified as a significant gap in adaptive capacity in the Cowichan region (particularly for new producers and those transitioning their business or production models).
In order to address this gap, this project explored and evaluated different local agricultural extension models that have the potential to be sustainable (particularly with respect to financial resourcing). The project also provided a scan of agricultural extension models used around the world and identified some innovative options for funding and supporting extension services.