Animals and crops
B.C. farmers grow a wide variety of crops and animals. Some growers and producers are also focusing on high-quality, value-added products, such as wine, baked goods, soups and sauces. Resources are available for growers, including financial programs, diagnostic services and information on production and pest management practices.
Monitoring animal health and diagnosing animal diseases are an important part of a strong agrifood industry in B.C. The Animal Health Centre is a diagnostic veterinary laboratory supporting the healthy production of livestock and poultry in the province.
In addition to the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act having among the toughest penalties in Canada, and providing funding to animal welfare efforts and organizations around the province, the B.C. government also supports animal welfare with contributions through Growing Forward 2 programs.
From the predominant dairy, poultry and beef industries to the less visible horse, sheep and goat sectors, managing livestock and fowl is an important part of agriculture in our province. Just as every animal is unique, each industry has its own business requirements, practices and standards.
B.C. farmers grow a wide variety of crops, which include fruits, vegetables, grains, ornamentals, and feed for livestock. Some growers and producers are also focusing on high-quality, value-added products, such as wine and botanical personal care products.
Plant pests, including insects, diseases and weeds, threaten agricultural crops and the environment. Read more about how to identify and manage insects, plant diseases and weeds in agricultural crops and home gardens:
Organic food and beverages
Organic production and processing uses a system of care, based on preventive management and development of sustainable management approaches. If you're an organic farmer, understanding this fast growing industry and its regulations is an important part of your business.
Agricultural licences and forms
Licences are required for some agriculture operations – dairy, fur farming, game farming, honeybees, livestock, poultry and veterinary drugs.