Agriculture Air Management

British Columbia is proud to be a leader in sustainable environmental management – with air and water quality that ranks among the highest in the world.  Effective nutrient, waste and manure management contribute a great deal to improving air quality and preserving our environment.

Air Management Practices

Many farm practices can result in air emissions, such as manure storage and handling, composting, carcass disposal, waste management, animal production, and energy use. It is important to follow recommended beneficial practices for the health and welfare of yourself, others and the environment. 

Agricultural Open Burning

Outdoor agricultural burning is typically carried out to dispose of vegetative debris, clear the land for planting, and control pests, disease and weeds. These activities cause smoky conditions and elevated levels of particulate matter.

Odour, Dust and Noise

Air emissions such as odour, dust, and noise are typical from farming operations. The Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act protects farmers from normal odour, dust and noise. Approaches should be taken to minimize the impacts to the environment and to neighbours by implementing beneficial air, waste and manure management practices. 

Vegetative Buffers

Vegetative buffers are a Beneficial Management Practice that can be designed and applied to intensive agricultural operations to reduce impacts from odour and dust. A properly designed vegetative buffer can mitigate the effects dust and odour to some degree and provide many other added benefits.

In Metro Vancouver

Under the Environmental Management Act, the Metro Vancouver (the Greater Vancouver Regional District) has been delegated authority to manage air quality within its boundaries.

Nutrient Management

Applying responsible manure management techniques can reduce your air impacts. This includes manure storage and nutrient application Beneficial Management Practices.

Contact Information

AgriService BC

Have a question?  Call or email and a staff person will assist you.

Telephone: 1 888 221-7141

E-mail: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca

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