The second intake for British Columbia’s Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture program will start accept applications between Oct. 4 to 25, a Sept. 28 news release said.
The program is meant to help B.C. farmers and ranchers looking to improve their climate preparedness and resiliency to wildfires, flooding and extreme heat. The release noted it’s helping reduce the effect of climate change and extreme weather events and build a more resilient and competitive agriculture and food sector.
The $1.5-million Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture program supports a variety of projects tackling wildfires, flooding and extreme heat, the release said. To date, 50 applications and more than $440,000 have been approved from the first intake this past summer, including:
- Farm building retrofits to improve cooling during extreme heat
- FireSmart critical Infrastructure assessments
- Tree and berry infrastructure improvements including canopy cooling, and shade and heat protection for harvested fruit, berry and vegetable crops
- Flood-proofing fuel tanks and farm-input storage facilities
The second intake of the program will be open to farm and ranch businesses throughout B.C. Oct. 4-25, 2022. Funding will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis for all eligible agriculture businesses, the release said. Eligible applicants can access as much as $35,000 in cost-shared funding.