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The Agricuture Team within the Economic Development Department of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is happy to introduce this newest communication tool to the producers within the region...
Growing Opportunities: Bulkley-Nechako Agriculture Update.

The intent of this monthly e-newsletter is to support YOU the producer. We plan to share upcoming events, important notices, information and links to support the agricultural sector within the RDBN.

Please scroll down and read the articles shared this month. Encourage your fellow farmers to sign-up as subscribers too!

Feel free to email the Ag Team with your comments and suggestions for new articles for upcoming editions. 

Go to the RDBN Agriculture website

About the Ag Team!

The RDBN is excited to announce that after a 3 year Regional Agriculture pilot, we have hired two Regional Agriculture Coordinators to support the Bulkley-Nechako agricultural community. We are happy to introduce Megan D'Arcy and Michelle Roberge into these roles. Their role will be to support and advance the agricultural sector through outreach, information sharing and marketing. This newsletter is an example of their work. Please reach out to either Megan or Michelle - they are eager to connect and expand their networks within the region.

Megan D'Arcy
(West - Areas A, B, E, G; Smithers, Telkwa, Houston, Granisle, Burns Lake, South Side)

Michelle Roberge
(East - Areas C, D, F; Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake, Endako)

Baler twine, bale wrap, silage bags/bunker covers and grain bags - Recycling Pilot Project...

In partnership with Cleanfarms, the RDBN is supporting this 3-year pilot project to reduce farm plastic waste through collecting the plastics at our seven Transfer Stations (Granisle, Smithers/Telkwa, Southside, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James).

The goal - to reduce farm-plastic waste entering our landfills, while providing a safe and environmentally sustainable way for farmers and ranchers to dispose of agricultural plastics.

This pilot starts June 21! Get in touch with Cleanfarms with your questions about the program, how to participate and for general inquiries.

Go to the Cleanfarms Pilot Project Page

Farm Emergency Preparedness  

Wildfire season is upon us. Below are three key resources to help farmers and ranchers prepare for an emergency situation, such as a wildfire or flood. You can find many more resources on the RDBN Agriculture - Livestock Emergency page.

👉 Sign-up for Premise ID

Premises ID is a farm animal and livestock tracking system set up by the Provinical government to support livestock owners in the event of an emergency. The information provided by the Premise ID program is extremely valuable and critical for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako to rapidly notify local farmers and ranchers in the event of a local emergency, such as a wildfire or flood. Having a Premise ID number will be mandatory by 2022. Get prepared, sign-up now by clicking the link below.

Sign-up for Premise ID

👉 Make a Wildfire Plan for your Properties

It is highly recommended that people who own farm land and infrastructure develop a Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan for each of their properties. The Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan document is an easy to follow guide that covers all the areas to consider when planning to protect your vital infrastructure and livestock. Resources are available to help you fill in your plan, just click the link to find out more...

Get the Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan document

👉 Build up Community Support Network

Building a strong network within the agricultural community across the region is really important to have established before an emergency hits. This could mean offering to billet animals from an evacuated area, or helping with transportation during an evacuation. The RDBN is collecting contact information of individuals that have either trailers or space for billeting animals, in the event of an emergency. Having your name on the list doesn't mean you are obligated to help, but you could be contacted.

Contact the RDBN Protective Services Team to Sign-up!

Connecting Consumers and Producers Grant

With plans for the province to ease public health restrictions, we are happy to be able to offer this granting opportunity again this year to community groups and organizations. The grant supports events that promote local producers. Go to RDBN Agriculture page to get more information.

Upcoming Events!

Johne's The Disease and Testing Small Ruminants Webinar
June 24 - 7:00-8:30pm
Register here.

Bulkley Valley Exhibition
August 26-29
Get more information here.