Sustainable Agriculture Management Branch
The Sustainable Agriculture Management Branch is active in all major agriculture communities of British Columbia to foster agrifood economic development opportunities and lead the regional delivery of environmental sustainability and resource development programs.
The Ministry’s regional support program provides regional sector support in emergency preparedness and coordination, agri-food business development, First Nations agriculture development, youth development, agroforestry and range use development, and the Regional Agrologist Network.
The Branch identifies and promotes
agriculture and food production systems that are
environmentally sustainable by incorporating the
best management practices to protect soil, water, air and biodiversity quality through a variety of programs and initiatives. The Branch monitors
environmental indicators to anticipate and respond
to future threats to the environment from current
agriculture practices and threats to
agriculture from environmental and climate changes.
the leadership of the Strengthening Farming Program,
and in support of the Farm Practices Protection Act,
the Branch also promotes strong
working relationships between the province,
agricultural industry and local governments. The
Program works toward a positive planning and
regulatory climate within local government
jurisdictions to encourage investment in
agriculture, food and fisheries, and to foster consistant approaches to solving urban/agricultural land use conflicts.
The Sustainable Agriculture Management Branch is divided into several key program
areas; strengthening farming, environmental
programs and initiatives, waste management, regional agrologist network, agrifood business management, agricultural emergency
preparedness, First Nations agriculture development, youth development, range and agroforestry.