Starting a Farm Business Application
Follow the five steps below to start your application for the B.C. Farm Business Advisory Services program.
Step 1: Check your Eligibility
To participate in the Farm Business Advisory Services program, the applicant must be actively engaged in the farming entity at the time of application (i.e. participates in the day-to-day operations of the farm) and is a British Columbia resident who is at least 19 years of age.
The applicant must be either:
- An established farmer engaged in commercial agriculture production having a minimum of $10,000 annual gross farm income from sales; OR
- A beginning farmer, an individual who:
- Is new to farming or to a farming enterprise, or
- Intends to establish a farm business, or
- Has owned and operated a farm business for less than three years
The applicant must provide proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets (own/rent/lease) to generate farm income and demonstrate that your farm business will have annual gross farm income from sales of $10,000 or more within three years of applying.
Step 2: Complete Taking Stock Workbook - Self-Assessment
The Taking Stock farm business planning workbook helps you identify strengths and weaknesses in your operation in nine areas of farm business management. The purpose of the self-assessment is to enable producers to measure current business practices and identify information, training, and consulting services they may want to employ to improve their use of progressive business practices.
The process results in the development of a Farm Action Plan which, is required to access program funding.
Take the self-assessment component:
Step 3: Consultation with a Farm Business Advisor
Once the Farm Action Plan is completed, you must speak with a qualified consultant before applying to the program.
Farm business advisors offer an unbiased view of your business and recommendations to improve its viability and profitability. If your application is approved, you will need to find an eligible farm business advisor who will aid you in your business decisions.
There are a number of considerations when selecting an advisor for the specific farm business area you wish to target. These include education, experience related to management, finance or operations, as well as a list of references. Get the most out of the consulting process by doing some preliminary research. The following publication can help you make the right selection:
The consulting component provides access to:
- Tier 1 - Basic Farm Financial Assessment (PDF)
- 100% support up to $1,900 with a $100 upfront fee paid by producers
- Tier 2 - Specialized Business Planning (PDF)
- 85% support up to $3,000 with no fee paid by producers
- Small Scale Food Processors - Specialized Business Planning (PDF)
Review the list of advisors and contact one or more to book a consultation:
- View list of eligible farm business advisors updated June 2017 (PDF)
- View list of eligible Small Scale Food Processors advisors updated March 2017 (PDF)
Step 4: Submit your Application Form
A complete application is made up of two documents:
- A hardcopy of the signed application form
- The Farm Action Plan, which can be submitted electronically
- Note: Once you have completed your Taking Stock workbook and have determined your action plan, you can submit your action plan automatically from the Taking Stock workbook.
Complete your application (or group application) form:
- Application form (PDF)
- Group application form (PDF)
- Small Scale Food Processors application form (PDF)
Print and sign your form, then submit with the supporting documentation to:
B.C. Farm Business Advisory Services Program
B.C. Ministry of Agriculture
1767 Angus Campbell Rd. , Abbotsford, B.C. V3G 2M
For further information please contact the program directly:
Step 5: Receive FBAS Approval
Upon receipt of your approval letter, be sure to contact your farm business advisor and you can get started with your Farm Business Advisory Services project.