The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (Initiative) was developed in 2008 by the BC Agriculture Council to enable a proactive and pan-agriculture approach to climate change issues.
The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (the Initiative) develops tools and resources to enhance the ability of the BC agriculture sector to adapt to climate change.
Between 2008 and 2012 the Initiative developed and delivered a number projects related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The BC Agriculture Climate Change Action Plan was released in 2010, followed by the Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Assessment Series – six reports summarizing climate impacts for key commodities across five BC regions.
The Initiative currently runs two programs to assist industry with climate change adaptation:
Project summaries have been created for a number of completed projects. Links to two of these, related to the livestock industry are shown below.
Forage Production Increases Climate Change Adaptation: Forage Practices Form Foundation of On-farm Research Toolkit
The impacts of climate change will be felt differently in different regions. In the Central Interior, four producers are running on-farm forage trials that will help to inform a new farm research toolkit intended
to assist forage producers across BC to evaluate opportunities for new crops or agronomic practices
for climate change adaptation.
The project includes the installation of weather stations, the evaluation of production practices through on-farm trials, and the production of a manual to assist producers with conducting their own on-farm trials. The project activities are intended to increase the information and management options available to producers to assist them in responding to changes in growing conditions.
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Management-Intensive Grazing aids Adapting to, and Mitigation Climate Change
Ranchers in the BC Interior are participating in a multi-year project to evaluate the potential for management-intensive grazing systems to improve the resilience of rangelands and pastures in the face of climate change.
Hotter and drier summer conditions and reduced
winter snowpack are already becoming more common in the Central Interior. This trend is expected to continue with climate change, along with more frequent extreme precipitation events. As a result, grazing lands may become vulnerable to water stress, soil erosion and decreased productivity.
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