October 25, 2012 - The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAFBC) will contribute up to $1,529,810 toward 29 new projects to help the B.C. agri-food industry seize opportunities and explore innovative ideas.
The list includes new projects contracted between May 1 and August 31, 2012. Funding for these projects is provided by IAF through programs it delivers on behalf of the federal and provincial governments. Projects include research into invasive plant reduction, pest management, novel crop development and adaptation, biosecurity and emergency planning, among others.
“These are wonderful examples that demonstrate the diversity of projects we fund and the ideas we believe will carry B.C’s. agriculture industry forward,” says Peter Levelton, IAF chair. “We are committed to investing in projects that will contribute to long-term growth and sustainability, and we encourage industry groups to contact us with their ideas.”
The following is a list of the poultry-funded projects:
POULTRY INDUSTRY BIOSECURITY PROGRAMS
Funding for these projects is provided by the federal and provincial governments.
Developing Avian Influenza Insurance for the Feather Industry in B.C. (AIP009.02)
Foreign animal disease outbreaks have the potential to shut down the poultry industry in B.C. and challenge its ability to recover. This project will complete the data and information requirements needed for the B.C. poultry industry to implement an avian influenza insurance program.
B.C. Chicken Marketing Board
Small Poultry Flock Health, Management & Biosecurity (AIF016)
This project will offer a series of courses on small poultry flock health, management and biosecurity directly to small flock owners throughout B.C.
LIVESTOCK WASTE TISSUE INITIATIVE
Funding for these projects is provided through the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture’s Livestock Waste Tissue Initiative.
Comox Valley Regional District
GIS Study to Determine Possible Sites for Emergency Mass Livestock Carcass Disposal (LWTI 075)
A number of recent emergency events – such as the avian influenza emergency in the lower Fraser Valley in 2004 and dairy barn fire in Kent in 2010 –created high volumes of carcasses which required complex emergency planning and operations for safe and effective disposal. This project is helping to increase the disposal capacity in the Comox Valley Regional District by using GIS software to help locate land within the area that can be used in an emergency to help compost large numbers of carcasses.
Farm Animal Mass Carcass Disposal Tabletop Exercises
Local governments across the province are working to develop and facilitate a basic tabletop exercise on a mass carcass disposal event. The exercise will help increase awareness within the local livestock industry of the community’s mass carcass disposal preparedness and identify disposal plan improvements.The following local governments received funding between May 1 and August 31, 2012:
Capital Regional District (LWTI 076) $7,422
Regional District of East Kootenay (LWTI 077) $8,160
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (LWTI 078) $8,422