The Climate Action Initiative is currently supporting one project in the Bulkley-Nechako region through the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program. The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program (FAIP) seeks to build adaptive capacity and encourage the adoption of effective farm practices to help mitigate impacts related to climate change.
The predominant production system in the Bulkley-Nechako region is forage production. There is also significant livestock production in the region (cattle and sheep), and grain/cereal production is increasing.
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Demonstrating Innovative Forage Production Practices to Increase Climate Change Adaptation
|Project Lead||BC Forage Council|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Nechako-Kitimaat Development Fund Society, Omineca Beetle Coalition|
|Other Partners||Nechako Regional Cattlemen|
The ability to consistently produce a suitable volume of export grade, higher value forage in BC’s Central Interior is limited by variable weather conditions usually experienced during the harvest windows. Several forage yield evaluations have been conducted in the Central Interior of BC, but there is little information available on the relationship between weather and forage quality. Producers are also looking for adaptive production options for on-farm feeding and grazing. This project will assist in the development of production and harvest adaptations focused on growing high quality forage under a variety of conditions.
The project includes the installation of weather stations, evaluation of production practices through on-farm trials, and the linking of weather data and results of the farm trials. The project also includes the creation of a manual to assist producers with conducting their own on-farm trials. The combination of project activities seeks to increase information and management options available to producers to assist them in responding to changes in growing conditions.
Participating producers will directly increase their knowledge/capacity. Field days, conducted on participating farms, will share knowledge with area producers. Articles, factsheets, and photos will be posted on Farmwest website. The manual will be made available to producers throughout BC at the end of the project in both an online and hard copy format. Project outcomes will also be presented at a seminar-type event.