RDBN Growing Opportunities Agricultural Update - July 2021

September 2022 - Issue 13


The weather is changing and we are all frantically harvesting and processing for winter, moving animals to pastures with the last remaining grasses before snow fall, and getting all those summer jobs on the to-do list completed. Over the past few months our team was busy speaking with many of you at Community Events and at all seven of the Farmers' Markets in each of the communities of the RDBN.

Emergency management and invasive species management have been two recurring topics of discussion. We are going back into fall with many plans, including:

  • helping disseminate extension information the RDBN Protective Services staff have prepared to help people plan for wildfires, floods and other hazards,
  • continue updating the Connecting Consumers and Producers online directory,
  • attend producer organization meetings to listen to current issues and topics of interest, and
  • to record a second podcast series! Stay tuned!

We will continue to update you through the newsletter so please spread the word about how to sign up to receive it.


Invasive Plant Removal - Landowner Rebate!

The Landowner Invasive Plant Removal Rebate Program, offered in partnership between the RDBN and the Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC), is in place to aid landowners with the cost of controlling invasive plants on their private land. Qualified applicants may be eligible for a 50% rebate, maximum rebate is $750. Use this rebate to help control Canadian Thistle, Field Scabious (shown above), Knapweeds etc. Click here to see the list of invasive plants that are common in our region.

There are 4 easy steps to applying for the rebate...

  1. Check that the invasive plant you have is on the Target Invasive Plant list (part of the application form).
  2. Hire a certified pesticide applicator with a valid service licence to provide a cost estimate. We have a list of contractors.
  3. Fill in Part 1 of the application when the certified pesticide applicator is at your place. Send that into NWIPC.
  4. When the work is done and NWIPC has accepted your Part 1, submit Part 2 of the application.

Deadline to complete this application process is by November 15. Go to the Application here.

Funding Opportunities for Local Producers

Indigenous Food Systems & Agriculture Partnership Program

"This program funds activities involved in agriculture, food processing, and/or food systems planning, training and skills development, technological adoption, productivity and profitability improvements, and climate change adaptations."

Apply by October 31st


Best Management Practices - Cost Sharing Program

This program is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of 1) Nitrogen Management, 2) Cover Cropping, 3) Rotational Grazing.

Apply by October 14th


Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program

BC Producers can apply for cost-share funding to better prepare their farms and ranches for wilfire and flooding events, as well as extreme heat.

Funding is allocated on first-come-first-serve basis.

Funding Window: Oct 4th to 25th


Demystifying Emergency Preparedness

There never seems to be time to sit down and make an emergency plan, until there are motivating circumstances (like a wildfire in your area), and often then things are forgotten or missed. That is why planning well ahead of an actual emergency is incredibly important for making sure that you are able to act quickly, safely, and decisively in the case of an emergency event. It's also important to realize that there are different considerations for farms and properties that have Farm Status vs. those that don't. But it is important for hobby farms, homesteads and rural landowners to be just as ready to deal with an evacuation order as large farms and ranches. The RDBN Protective Services staff have created this easy to follow factsheet to help all producers start to plan and prepare.


GO SEASON TWO starts October 13th


Top 10 "Must Knows" for Living on Rural Property in the RDBN

Megan and Michelle are excited to announce the second season of the Growing Opportunties Podcast series! It will focus on the TOP 10 things that folks living on or thinking about moving to rural property should know. This list comes from some work already done by folks at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, but we are using a regional lens to make the list relavant for folks in the RDBN.

The first episode is set to release October 13th and will cover some really common questions...

- What does ALR mean, what is the ALC and why do rural landowners need to know?

- What is Farm Status, why does it matter, and who can get it?

Go to the Growing Opportunties page to listen to all of Season One and the upcoming Season Two GO Podcast episodes. Or listen wherever you get your podcasts - just search for Growing Opportunities!



Learning Opportunities for
New and Experienced Producers

Business Bootcamp

Young Agrarians is putting on a Business Bootcamp course for new farmers. This is a 3-month course that covers all aspects of business planning to finances and more. The course starts October 6th - go to the YA website for details.

Advanced Grazing Systems

The BC Forage Council offers producers access to a national education platform on advanced grazing techniques compiled by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association. To learn more go to the BC Forage Council website!


Please let us know what you'd like to see in the next Growing Opportunities eNewsletter!

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)