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1. SILVOPASTURE KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PLAN
The BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food is developing a Five-Year Knowledge Transfer Plan for Silvopasture in BC. When completed, this plan will outline the priority training, demonstrations, publications and decision support tools to help BC producers and land managers successfully plan, implement and manage silvopastures. George Powell, PAg is under contract to coordinate the development of this plan for the Ministry.
Silvopasture, is an agroforestry practice that integrates managed grazing with forage and tree production in the same land base. It blends agriculture, forestry and conservation objectives and practices to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits. As an integrated land use, silvopasture is an option for use in many types of livestock production, particularly in multi-use settings and with blended production-conservation goals. Some examples include:
- Integrating multiple resources and natural values on Crown Lands (aka forest grazing);
- Diversifying agricultural production and market risks;
- Improving water quality and watershed values, while maintaining forest and forage production;
- Improving the capture and use of light, water and nutrients to make efficient use of land in small lot agriculture;
- Offering options to create managed zones of lowered wildfire risk;
- Both mitigating (adding carbon sinks) and adapting to a changing climate (conserving soil moisture); and,
- Improving animal welfare by buffering and sheltering livestock from weather extremes.
If you have experience with silvopasture, or are interested in learning more, we want to hear from you. Please complete a short survey and participate in a focus group. This information will help to profile silvopasture production practices and interests throughout BC and understand your motivation for using silvopasture. The surveys will allow you to rate support topics and support methods: how you prefer to learn and receive information.
More information, and access to the surveys is available at: https://www.agforinsight.com/silvopasture/silvopasture-ktp/
Questions about the survey, or development of knowledge transfer plan can be directed to George Powell at email@example.com, (250) 983-5114
2. REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Issued by: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Description: Emergency Response Management and Consultancy Services
Intake Date: July 15, 2022
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is looking for qualified professionals and subject matter experts to provide composting, burial, and transportation services in response to mass animal mortality resulting from emergency events (disease, fires, floods, etc.). Three separate Request for Qualifications (RFQs) for the different services are issued and the links below include the details for each opportunity:
Please contact Bhavdeep.Sahota@gov.bc.ca for email submissions and further inquiries regarding these opportunities.
3. REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Issued by: BC Ornamental Horticulture Flood Impact Assessment
The November flooding event in the Sumas Prairie has caused unprecedented damage to ornamental horticulture growers in the region. The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance is seeking funding from the Federal Government to do a study to not only look at the economic impacts which would be reviewed by a separate company but the short and potentially longer-term impacts on soil disposition, contamination and quality, water supply, contamination and quality and on ornamental horticulture plant health. This includes ornamental bulbs, perennial flowers, shrubs, and trees as well as sod. A multi-phased study is proposed that would begin with Phase 1 ending by March 31, 2022, and continuing into Phase 2 for spring impacts and throughout the 2022 season. It is expected that Phase 1 would include a literature review of flood damage assessment in other regions and potentially gathering information from current soil and water testing.
Please indicate your interest by emailing Coreen Rodger Berrisford, Executive Director, Floral Industry Activities, United Flower Growers at Coreen@ufgca.com.