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.

Next intake expected: May 2020 (Fall planting/removal 2010-2021)

Types of Program Funding

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

Eligibility Criteria

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:

  1. The applicant must be a new or existing hazelnut grower in the province of British Columbia.
  2. The applicant must be the owner (or lessee) of the land to be planted.
  3. The minimum eligible acreage for new planting new orchards in 2020/21 is one acre.
  4. The maximum eligible acreage for 2020/21 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 (NEW).
  5. Approved applicants must plant EFB-resistant varieties, and must obtain planting stock according to the instructions of the CFIA Directive D-00-03.

For complete eligibility criteria, including a list of resistant EFB Hazelnut varieties, please consult the 2020/21 BC Hazelnut Renewal Program Requirements (PDF, 413 KB).

Application Instructions

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

The application deadline is February, 7 2020. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

To apply for the program, please submit the following:

  • A completed 2020/21 Project Application (PDF, 514 KB). Please ensure that you are applying as a taxable entity of your farm or orchard
  • Confirmation of ownership/lease of the land
  • A Renewal Plan (including orchard plot plan) signed by recognized horticulturalist or agrologist. The Renewal Plan is included in the 2020/21 Project Application (PDF, 514 KB).
  • Confirmation of nursery tree order or copy of stock planting purchase- assurance that the plants will be available
  • Recommended: Cash Flow Projection or Business plan over 5 years, and a marketing plan

Completed applications will be accepted by email until 11:59 pm February 7, 2020, and by mail, post-marked no later than February 7, 2020.

Please send mail applications to the following address:

Abbotsford Agriculture Centre

1767 Angus Campbell Road Abbotsford

BC V3G 2M3

ATTN: Hazelnut Renewal Program

British Columbia