AGRICULTURE NEWS

NEW REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN FRASER RIVER ESTUARY

The B.C. government is partnering with the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust on a new project that will support local food producers to improve soil health and mitigate the effects of climate change in the Fraser River estuary. “Healthy soils are vital for growing food on B.C. farmland, and our government is committed to supporting producers move toward regenerative agriculture practices that will improve soil health,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food. “Regenerative agriculture is a strong defence against the effects of climate change and implementing these practices will help ensure we have a resilient ecosystem, while strengthening local food security.” The $150,000 project will provide educational support and offer funding for specific programs that promote the sustainable use of agricultural land in Metro Vancouver, including: Grassland set-aside program promoting the incorporation of perennials in annual crop rotations to improve soil health; winter cover crop program in which participants plant cover crops after the summer harvest to improve soil fertility and protect soils from erosion over the wet, winter months; blueberry rest program, which will offer financial assistance to blueberry growers who remove blueberry fields that have become unproductive due to scorch virus and plant soil-regenerating cover crops; and climate-focused soil health educational materials featuring annual field tours, printed resources and online content. The project will contribute to healthier soils, increased food production and stronger local food security over the long term.