Farming & Agriculture

Farming & Agriculture

The Township of Spallumcheen is a beautiful sunny valley made up of rich agriculture and farming operations that have been since the incorporation in 1892.  The Township of Spallumcheen gold lettering depicts the bold sunshine, as well as the golden wheat, corn, barley, triticale and oat crops grown within the community.  The black walking plow (which is a horse drawn implement), centered on the flag, symbolizes the heritage of farming practices since the community’s incorporation.  The brown soil reflects that Spallumcheen is a rich agricultural land base and the green oval signifies the rich green valley within our municipality.


A large part of the Township of Spallumcheen is located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).  The Township has many different types of farming operations located within its borders.  This page is to provide information to our local farmers regarding farm operations. This Living in an Agricultural Community - What Can You Expect brochure was created to provide a quick summary of key items to be aware of when living in a rural, agricultural area.


The Agricultural Area Plan is available under this section for further information as to the Township's dedication to Agriculture.


Also, there have been many discussions regarding Emergency Management in the Township of Spallumcheen.  We have joined forces with six (6) other communities to provide for Emergency Planning to ensure we are prepared in the event of an emergency.  All farmers are encouraged to have some sort of emergency plan in the event of fire, Mass Carcass Disposal emergency, flood, etc.  The following link is provided for your information and consideration when determining if you'd like guidance in regard to creating your own emergency plan. This document is from the Ministry of Agriculture Website and is provided for assistance only.

What is the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)?


The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are controlled.


The ALR covers approximately 4.7 million hectares. It includes private and public lands that may be farmed, forested or vacant land. Some ALR blocks cover thousands of hectares while others are small pockets of only a few hectares.


In total, the ALR comprises those lands within BC that have the potential for agricultural production.


The Agricultural Land Reserve takes precedence over, but does not replace other legislation and bylaws that may apply to the land. Local and regional governments, as well as other provincial agencies, are expected to plan in accordance with the provincial policy of preserving agricultural land.


The Agricultural Land Commission Act sets the legislative framework for the establishment and administration of the agricultural land preservation program.



Environmental Farm Planning


Launched in 2003, the BC Environmental Farm Plan Program will complement and enhance the current environmental stewardship practices of producers. It is a partnership between Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), the BC Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI) and the BC Agriculture Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp).


The program is intended to assist farm producers in developing an environmental action plan for their farm. This is a plan that enhances natural resources and reduces the possibility of accidental harm to soil, air, water and biodiversity values.



Agricultural Overview


Township of Spallumcheen Agricultural Area Plan 
Provided by Zbeetnoff Agro-Environmental Consulting and Quadra Planning Consultants Ltd. August 2006


Township of Spallumcheen Agricultural Land Reserve Map
(Last updated April 2012)


Hullcar Aquifer Matters

For information related to the Hullcar Aquifer issues, please click on the following link:
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/site-permitting-compliance/hullcar-aquifer

Western Yellowstriped Armyworm Moth

The information on the factsheet https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/agriculture-and-seafood/animal-and-crops/plant-health/western-yellowstriped-armyworm.pdf  is based on information from the US and we will update as we learn more in our area.

July 2019 Western Yellowstriped Armyworm Update
Picture: Parasitic Fly Eggs and Adult on Armyworm

Stop Western Yellowstriped Armyworm August 2019 Update

The moth flight for the second generation is done.

To help prevent the spread of the worms to the Coast and other areas we recommend the following practices:

  • Larvae will take refuge under swaths or bales. Do not move or sell hay immediately after baling.

  • Store bales in the field or shed for 1 - 3 weeks prior to transport to allow worms to move out or die.

  • Inspect bales to ensure there are no worms before transporting or selling.

  • If buying hay, inspect upon delivery to ensure there are no worms before unloading.

  • Hay equipment, farm trucks and other equipment should be cleaned between farms. Clean hay equipment by spraying with air or water.

  • Inspect equipment coming onto your property for worms.

Controlling Western Yellowstriped Armyworms in Home Gardens

Production Insurance

If you have an active grain, forage or vegetable Production Insurance policy, you should remit a Notice of Loss immediately to start the claim process.https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/production-insurance

AgriStability

Whole farm income declines may trigger an Agristability payment. You must be registered for the current program year, however the registration deadline has been extended until 2 July, 2019. Program staff are available at the number below to assist you with the Agristability registration and benefit processes.

Agristability - 1-877-605-8467 https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/agriculture-income-protection