BCAC to develop farm risk management tool T

he B.C. Agriculture Council (BCAC) is getting $124,000 from the federal government to develop

a ‘risk assessment framework’ that could be adapted and used by different commodity sectors to identify risks, potential mitigation strategies and tools for each sector.

Using feedback from commodity organizations, the project will examine the economic impact of various risks (production, financial, market or other types) and then demonstrate the use of the risk assessment tool on sectors, including blueberry, greenhouse/nur- sery, cattle and grain.

The grant is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) which supports the research and development as well as the implementation and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector. The BCAC is a non-profit, non- governmental organization that provides advocacy and communication of the collective interests of all agricultural producers in British

On hand for funding announcement were, from left, MP Jati Sidhu, Fraser Berry Farm owner Jason Smith and the BC Agriculture Council’s executive director Reg Ens.

Columbia, and facilitates delivery of programs and services that benefit the industry.

"Agriculture in B.C. is diverse, with each sector facing its own unique set of risks, said Jati Sidhu, MP for

Mission — Matsqui — Fraser Canyon. “This investment will help BC farmers access the information and tools they need to better understand and mitigate those risks, so they can continue to drive economic growth and create good, well-paying jobs."

“Much of farming is about managing risk and opportunities, the weather, pests, interest rates and trade deals. This project will help us as farmers understand and document all of the risks we face and begin identifying ways to best manage those risks.,” said Jason Smith, Abbotsford blueberry

farmer and project participant. In 2015, BC’s agriculture sector reported farm cash receipts valued at $3.08 billion, and employed 21,039 people.

British Columbia Berry Grower • Spring 2018


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