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- Sample of the 2015 BC Housing Inspection Form for all agricultural temporary foreign worker programs
- Certified Housing Inspectors November 18, 2015
- Meeting Minutes: October 13 Employers Meeting (SAWP Updates)
- Update on Housing Inspections September 30, 2015
- Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs.
- Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended.
- Manure should not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. Buffer width should be increased for slopes greater than 5% and/or if the potential for runoff exists.
- Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.
- Reminder that field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.
Please read the entire advisory for details and important information regarding manure applications.
The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising careful manure application for select fields. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change.
This advisory is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the LEGISLATION. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.
For further information, please contact BC Ministry of Agriculture:
David Poon, P.Ag. 604-556-3098
Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag. 604-556-3102
- Winter manure applications are not recommended. It is prudent to have enough manure storage to include the average expected precipitation plus account for unforeseen circumstances such as excessive precipitation.
- Plan manure applications to empty storage facilities before the rainy season. Manure applications are recommended only for forage grasses.
- Develop a contingency plan to outline an effective response in case of an emergency. The plan could include identification of nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, and easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline.
Harvested Annual Crops (including corn and vegetables)
- Manure applications are not acceptable on harvested fields.
- Manure applications should only be considered if a fall soil test shows the need for nutrients and a winter cover crop has been or will be established before the end of the growing season.
- As the days get shorter and colder, cover crops are less able to take up nutrients. Also, as fall rains arrive, the risk of nutrient runoff and leaching increases.
- Residual nutrients from the summer crop may be present in the soil and in sufficient quantity to support the winter cover.
- Manure application on perennial grasses is usually appropriate as long as crop growth and warmer weather patterns (greater than 5C) continue; fields are trafficable; and precipitation does not create runoff.
- Application rates should meet crop nutrient requirements.
- Appropriate buffer widths should be maintained to minimize runoff risks.
- Fall manure applications for berry crops are not necessary or recommended.
- If manure is used on fields that are being renovated for new plantings, a cover crop should also be planted. The cover crop should be planted in a timely manner such that it becomes well established prior to the end of the growing season. Consider the recommendations made for raspberries in the Berry Production Guide, http://productionguide.agrifoodbc.ca/guides/14
- Agricultural Waste Control Regulation
This is the legislation that applies to manure management in British Columbia.
- Canada-BC Environmental Farm Plan Program
Trained Planning Advisors are available to assist producers with an Environmental Farm Plan.
For more information contact the ARDCorp office in Abbotsford.
- toll free 1-866-522-3447 or 604-854-4483
- BC Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide provides valuable information related to farm management practices that enhance environmental values
- B.C Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
The BC Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Guide can assist producers to implement food safety practices at the farm. It offers a whole-farm approach covering all aspects of crop and livestock production. Visit http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/foodsafety/gap.htm.
BC’s farmers and ranchers are already feeling the impacts of climate change, and are leading the province in efforts to adapt. Over the next few weeks the provincial government is seeking input into a new climate action plan, and we need your help to ensure agriculture is on the agenda.
The Climate Leadership Plan is being positioned as the plan to move towards the long-term goal of reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions. It is critical that the importance of agricultural adaptation to climate change is recognized, along with the work our industry has already been doing.
Climate action for agriculture.
The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI) was initiated by the BC Agriculture Council in 2008, and under direction of an industry-led committee, has brought together industry and local and provincial governments to proactively plan for and address climate impact priorities for our sector.
Since 2012, the Initiative has completed a province-wide risk and opportunity assessment to improve understanding of how climate change will impact the sector, and has collaboratively developed adaptation strategies for five agricultural regions across the province. Completed plans identify priority regional level impacts and actions for agricultural adaptation. Implementation of these plans is well underway - 13 locally led projects have been completed and 12 more are underway.
CAI has also developed, and is delivering, the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program which is supporting 12 new farm-level adaptation projects. These projects demonstrate farm practices and technologies that reduce weather related risks and share information to support farm-level adaptation.
For more information about the CAI, visit www.bcagclimateaction.ca.
The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative is funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
You can help.
A discussion paper available online sets the framework for input on the principles and goals of the plan, as well as four priority areas – how we live, travel, work and what we value. The Climate Leadership plan discussion paper and public input survey are available at www.engage.gov.bc.ca/climateleadership until 4pm, August 17, 2015.
The BC Agriculture Council will be preparing a submission to the Climate Leadership Team, and is encouraging all members to participate through one or all of the following channels:
1. Submit your comments or feedback to the BCAC.
2. Review the discussion document and complete the online public survey.
3. Work with your industry association or interest group to prepare a submission to detail your concerns and express support for adaptation work already underway.
We want them to know:
• Climate change is already impacting agriculture – this summer is a good example of the hot, dry conditions that are expected to become more common in BC.
• The highest priority for agriculture is having the tools, resources and supports necessary to adapt to changing and challenging conditions.
• BC is already a leader in agricultural adaptation through the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, and support for this work needs to continue.
We want the Climate Leadership Plan to include:
• Greater investment in planning and infrastructure to support agricultural adaptation, including:
◦ Planning and infrastructure investments to ensure sufficient and sustainable water supply for agricultural production.
◦ Planning and infrastructure investments to reduce vulnerability to impacts of extreme events such as flooding and wildfire.
◦ Incentives to assist producers with farm-level adaptation.
• Provincial commitment to build on and integrate with the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative and its partners in local government and industry.
• Development of government policy, regulation and development decisions will consider impacts to agriculture’s ability to adapt to climate change impacts on complex issues, including but not limited to agricultural dams and other forms of water storage, as well as drainage and water management.
On July 28th, KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems is hosting former ALC Chair, Mr. Richard Bullock, for a free public lecture on the future of agriculture in BC. The lecture will take place at our Richmond campus. In addition to Mr. Bullock’s lecture, the evening’s agenda includes an introduction by Delta Farmers' Institute President Mr. David Ryall, and an opportunity for audience Q&A with Mr. Bullock. Event registration, and more information, can be found at www.rbonagriculture.eventbrite.ca.
Transport Canada has amended the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 to expand supply chain security and reduce potential screening bottlenecks at Canadian airports. These regulatory changes, now published in Canada Gazette, Part II, will come into effect on October 17, 2016.
In fall 2015, existing Air Cargo Security Program participants and other supply chain members will be able to apply to participate in the Air Cargo Security Program under new participant categories. Those that accept, store, transport or screen air cargo will have to decide which participant category best reflects their business and cargo activity. The attached information products will assist stakeholders in making this determination.
These regulatory changes will allow:
• Shippers / originators of cargo to screen their own cargo by way of packing to make it secure, avoiding potential security delays and additional screening fees for air cargo; and
• Other cargo operators, such as ground transportation companies and warehousing facilities, to accept, store and/or transport cargo that has been screened and made secure by an authorized participant in the Air Cargo Security Program.
These changes will affect:
• Businesses that ship their goods by air;
• Businesses that handle or want to handle secure air cargo (e.g., trucking companies, warehouse operators).
Transport Canada encourages supply chain members, including existing Program participants, wishing to participate in the Air Cargo Security Program under one of the new participant categories to contact our Air Cargo Security Support Centre in fall 2015 to start the application process. Contact the Air Cargo Security Support Centre toll-free at 1-866-375-7342 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ron Cannan and Dan Albas have worked to find a solution to the Social Insurance Number problem for SAWP workers to obtain a SIN number. A new approach was required, following a change from the previous automatic assignment of a SIN number when the worker enters Canada.
The current issue resulted from a system change at CBSA. In previous years at the port of entry, the Canadian Border Services Agency (typically Vancouver Airport) had the ability to print multiple copies of some forms, which allowed workers to use an extra copy of the form to obtain a SIN at the time of entry. A change in computer/security systems was implemented and resulted in a change (no multiple copies) that prevented SAWP workers from obtaining their SIN at the port of entry.
Ron Cannan and Dan Albas have resolved the issue for this year, and are working on a longer term solution too. For this year, if growers who do not have convenient access to a local Service Canada office (Penticton and Kelowna), Service Canada will send their staff to the farm location to complete the paperwork to obtain a SIN number for SAWP workers.
1. Service Canada has committed to visit the farms to sign up SAWP workers for their SIN numbers, for those farms that cannot conveniently access a local Service Canada office.
2. Send your MP’s office the farm locations including the worksite’s address/location, contact telephone number and the number of workers involved issue and the MP will forward your information and request to Service Canada.
3. Growers may still choose to take the workers to the local Service Canada office to obtain SIN numbers for SAWP workers, if that is convenient.
To submit the request for Service Canada to contact you regarding your farm, please forward your email to your appropriate Member of Parliament below;
Ron Cannan, M.P. | Kelowna Lake Country | Email : email@example.com
Dan Albas, M.P. | Okanagan Coquihala | Email: Dan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Atamanenko, M.P. | Southern Interior |Email: Alex.Atamanenko@parl.gc.ca
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