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.

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.