Hazelnut Renewal Program

The Hazelnut Renewal Program provides funding to remove infected trees to mitigate the spread of Eastern Filbert Blight and to incentivize the planting of new disease-resistant hazelnut trees in British Columbia.

2021-2022 Intake for the Hazelnut Renewal Program is NOW OPEN!

The program will be accepting applications September 30, 2021 to November 9, 2021 for planting or removal projects that occurred or will occur between April 2021 and December 2021

Types of program funding

  • New Hazelnut Plantings (A): Funding to incentivize the planting of new Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) resistant hazelnut trees in British Columbia.
  • Removal of EFB Infected Hazelnut Trees (B): Funding to remove infected trees to mitigate the spread of EFB and protect new orchards.

For the purposes of this program, eligible hazelnut trees are defined as hazelnut varieties released by the Oregon State University hazelnut breeding program that have resistance to Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB). Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a new or existing hazelnut grower in the province of British Columbia (A-B)
  • The applicant must be the owner (or lessee) of the land to be planted (A-B)
  • The minimum eligible acreage for new planting new orchards and removal projects in 2020/21 is one acre (A-B)
  • The maximum eligible acreage for 2021/22 planting is 10 acres for double (maximum 269 trees/acre) or single density planting and 20 acres exclusively for single density planting (maximum 134 trees/acre) per farm operation (A)
  • The maximum eligible acreage per applicant for removal of EFB infected hazelnut trees in 2021/2022 is 10 acres (B)
  • Approved applicants must plant EFB-resistant varieties, and must obtain planting stock according to the instructions of the CFIA Directive D-00-03 (A)

For complete eligibility criteria, including a list of resistant EFB Hazelnut varieties, please consult the 2021/22 BC Hazelnut Renewal Program Requirements (PDF, 305 KB).

The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries will be accepting applications for the Hazelnut Renewal Program.

The application deadline is November 9, 2021.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.

To apply for the program, please submit the following:

  • A completed 2021/22 Project Application:
  • Please ensure that you are applying as a taxable entity of your farm or orchard
  • Confirmation of ownership/lease of the land (A-B)
  • A Renewal Plan (including orchard plot plan) signed by recognized horticulturalist or agrologist (A)
  • Confirmation of nursery tree order or copy of stock planting purchase- assurance that the plants will be available (A)
  • A cost estimate for contaminated orchard destruction by a recognized contractor (B)
  • A copy of the business licence of a recognized contractor. Contractor must have been in business for at least one year (B)
  • A burn permit issued by the local fire marshal (B)

Completed applications can be submitted in two ways:

  1. By email no later than 4.30 p.m. Pacific Time November 9, 2021 to: AGRI.HazelnutRenewal@gov.bc.ca or
  2. By mail, arriving no later than 4.30 p.m. Pacific Time November 9, 2021 to:

Abbotsford Agriculture Centre
1767 Angus Campbell Road
Abbotsford BC V3G 2M3
ATTN: Hazelnut Renewal Program

 

 

British Columbia