British Columbia produces over 200 agricultural and aquaculture
commodities - resulting in a very diverse farm sector. To better
understand farm practices, one of the early efforts after the
implementation of the Strengthening Farming Program was the
development of a
Farm Practices in BC Reference Guide.
The Guide was updated in 2004 and is an attempt by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Lands to list and describe many of BC's
diverse farm practices in general terms. It also refers the reader
to existing government legislation, industry guidelines and other
sources of information related to farm practices in BC.
These guidelines are not formal standards, but do describe
current practices used by farmers throughout BC. The Guide has been
designed to be used by people seeking information related to issues
and concerns raised about farm practices. The guide may also be used
by the Farm
Industry Review Board, the statutory body established under
the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act to hear formal
complaints about farm practices.
The guide is composed of a series of factsheets
on farm practices and is divided into three categories;
farm activity specific; and
farm nuisance references on dust,
noise, and odour.
The intent of the nuisance
references is to provide more detailed information on dust, noise and
odour that is referred to in some of the farm practice documents.
Farm Practices in BC Reference Guide