Agriculture projects received $400,000 in latest Site C funding round

Nineteen agricultural projects in BC Peace are distributing $400,000 to boost agricultural infrastructure, research and education in the region.

Nineteen agricultural projects in BC Peace are distributing $400,000 to boost agricultural infrastructure, research and education in the region.

The funds come from the Site C Agricultural Compensation Fund for Peace, established to compensate for Site C’s impacts on local agriculture.

According to the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the following projects are receiving grants from the latest round of project applications:

• LH Willms Inc. (Rose Prairie): $42,917 for the first year of a five-year soil-improving cover crop study. The first year of the study will test a season-long cover crop rotation on LH Willms’ farm, including planting nitrogen-fixing annual species as a cover crop in the spring. The cover crop builds soil resilience and helps mitigate the impacts of climate change like unprecedented rains, drought and unpredictable weather. The results of the study will be published and made public.

• Darren and Jennifer Snider (Fort St. John): $50,000 to install new sheep feeding equipment in their barn and in their expansion project. Investing in the right equipment will result in a significant improvement in the quality of ewes, lambs and rams that are produced for the market. Proper feed management will improve nutrition throughout the life of the sheep.

• Elisabeth Haagsman (Hudson’s Hope): $15,834 to build a 510 square foot geodesic greenhouse with a 130-plant vertical aeroponic growing system. Heated by passive solar heating, the greenhouse is an alternative off-grid method of growing premium produce in the Peace region. The new facility will produce more food three times faster with fewer resources, including 98% less water. When complete, Haagsman Farms will experience a longer growing season, the ability to grow more crops with a smaller footprint, and less manual labor.

Other projects include:

  • Bar 4 Ranch Ltd. : $19,297 to purchase a livestock scale

  • British Columbia Honey Producers Association: $27,880 for LAI’s research and strategies to improve honey bee health

  • Collins Cattle Co Ltd. : $14,559 for a half section fencing program

  • Creek Bank Farms Ltd. : $23,775 for Creek Bank Worms

  • Dawson Creek and District Fairs Association: $15,000 for the 2022 Dawson Creek Stampede and Expo

  • Hill and Hollow Farm: $23,886 to improve a goat pasture fence

  • Jared Lee Loewen: $50,000 for fertilizer distribution

  • Kayla read: $11,653 for dugout management to improve water sustainability

  • Kenneth and Anita Thomson: $10,500 for fencing at Thomson Ranch

  • Kolby Peterson: $12,464 for the Wildwood Farm vegetable garden

  • Lindsay Katherine Routledge DBA Flat Cat Ranch: $16,500 for orchard wildlife protection

  • Rob and Leanne Esau: $15,109 for a livestock handling system

  • Royd and Kelsey Lusk: $21,647 for all-weather electric/geothermal waterers

  • Sarah Macky: $12,730 to build a new greenhouse

  • Club Silver Willow 4H: $8,610 for material handling equipment

  • SquigglyThings: $8,615 for on-farm wash-pack-preservation equipment

The NDIT, which administers the $20 million fund on behalf of BC Hydro and the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund board, says more than $1.6 million has been approved since 2018.

The program is open to local farmers, cooperatives, non-profit agricultural groups, industry associations and educational institutions conducting research in the region. New entrants to the agriculture industry and young farmers are also eligible to apply.

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