BC Agricultural Climate Solutions

Helping BC farmers contribute to climate change mitigation while improving the productivity and ecological benefits of farmland for future generation
BC Agricultural Climate Solutions

BC Agricultural Climate Solutions

Helping BC farmers contribute to climate change mitigation while improving the productivity and ecological benefits of farmland for future generation

BC Agricultural Climate Solutions

In collaboration with our sector stakeholders, BC Agriculture Council and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC are teaming up to develop a joint application for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Climate Solutions Program (ACS). ACS supports the integration of scientific research and farming operations, with the goal of increasing the adoption of effective practices and technologies that help farmers contribute to climate change mitigation and improve the natural environment. Our approach is to build off existing programs and resources from within our community and make an application that will truly benefit BC farmers and ranchers. Beyond this application, the goal is to ensure farms remain competitive and that our water, air, and soil are sustainable for generations to come. To date, we have been actively working with several key stakeholder groups such as the Climate and Agriculture Initiative (CAI), producers, farm associations, scientists, research groups and other sectoral stakeholders.

Keeping with the ACS objectives, our application will focus on agricultural commodities and regions of the province that have potential to contribute to Canada’s carbon sequestration and GHG emission targets and have demonstrated interest in field-based, farmer-led research. The preliminary application submission date is mid-June. While time is limited, we intend to share the draft with potential industry and government partners for review in the coming weeks. This will then allow us to work directly with industry, the research community, and other partners – from August to December 2021 – on the development of a full proposal for funding under the Program. We look forward to engaging with interested parties and hearing their feedback on our draft.

Latest News

Phase Two has begun!

We are pleased to let you know that we are moving ahead with work on Phase Two for the Agricultural Climate Solutions (Livings Labs) program. We have been busy conducting background research and tools to help us engage with farmers, ranchers and researchers this fall... Read More "Phase Two has begun!"

Update – July 30, 2021

IAF and BCAC were able to submit an application to the Agricultural Climate Solutions Program (Phase 1) before the June 15 deadline and we were so happy with the interest shown in the lead up to our submission. We ended up including 14 letters of support with our application and an additional 13 notions of endorsement from industry associations... Read More "Update – July 30, 2021"

Preliminary Application

We are pleased to present an overview of BCAC and IAF’s preliminary application to AAFC’s Agricultural Climate Solutions Program (ACSP). This initial concept has been developed based on conversations with key partners and a review of past research programs and producer engagement efforts in British Columbia. Read More "Preliminary Application"

Partners

It’s vital this is a collaborative effort from organizations across the BC agriculture sector. BCAC and IAF have reached out to a variety of partners and stakeholders across BC’s agriculture sector to make the best possible application for the Government of Canada’s Agriculture Climate Solutions program. This includes the following:

  • BC Blueberry Council
  • BC Broiler Hatching Egg Producers’ Assoc.
  • BC Cattlemen’s Association
  • BC Cherry Association
  • BC Chicken Growers’ Association
  • BC Cranberry Growers’ Association
  • BC Dairy Association
  • BC Egg Producers’ Association
  • BC Forage Council
  • BC Fruit Growers’ Association
  • BC Grain Producers’ Association
  • BC Grapegrowers’ Association
  • BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association
  • BC Honey Producers’ Association
  • BC Landscape & Nursery Association
  • BC Pork Producers’ Association
  • BC Potato & Vegetable Growers’ Assoc.
  • BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network
  • BC Poultry Association
  • BC Strawberry Growers’ Association
  • BC Turkey Association
  • BC Wine Grape Council
  • Certified Organic Associations of BC
  • Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust
  • Farm Folk City Folk
  • Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers’ Association
  • Fraser Valley Pea and Bush Bean Growers’ Association
  • Horse Council British Columbia
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries
  • Peace Region Forage Seed Association
  • Potato Field Corn Association
  • Raspberry Industry Development Council
  • United Flower Growers’ Co-Op
  • University of British Columbia
  • Smart Prosperity Institute

Note: List is not exhaustive, additional partners/stakeholders will be added periodically.

Steering Committee

List of members of the ACS Steering Committee

Want to Participate?

If your organization is interested in participating in this collaborative initiative, please contact us with a brief description of your organization and a summary of how you would like to be involved.

About ACS

Agricultural Climate Solutions is a $185 million, 10-year program that will help to develop and implement farming practices to tackle climate change. Through agricultural practices, such as shelterbelts or cover crops, farmland can store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases.

This Government of Canada program aims to establish a strong Canada-wide network of regional collaborations led by farmers, and including scientists and other sectoral stakeholders. Together, they will develop and share natural solutions and farming practices to ensure farms remain competitive and that our water, air, and soil are sustainable for generations to come.

To be eligible for the Agricultural Climate Solutions program, applicants must form a large network of partnerships within a province, including agricultural non-profits, Indigenous organizations and environmental groups.

For more information: Agricultural Climate Solutions