Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 27, 2007 14:37 ET

1500 Farms in B.C. Take Steps to Improve the Environment

LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - In British Columbia (B.C.), 1500 farms have completed Environmental Farm Plans (EFP), announced the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board at an event with Honourable Pat Bell, B.C. Minister of Agriculture and Lands, and B.C. Agriculture Council (BCAC) Chair Dick Klein Geltink.

The announcement took place at Driediger Farms, where participation in the EFP program resulted in conversion to a drip irrigation system to improve water efficiency.

"The Environmental Farm Planning Program provides funding to our most important environmental stewards - our farmers - and challenges them to achieve the highest possible standards of environmental performance," said Minister Strahl. "Canada's New Government is committed to supporting concrete actions to improve our environment, and British Columbia farmers and ranchers have been doing their part by reducing the impact of agricultural operations on the environment."

"B.C. farmers have long balanced the need to produce top-quality products with the need to protect the land they are farming on and the environment as a whole," said Minister Bell. "This government is committed to protecting the environment and combating the effects of global warming - the EFP program is a positive step in that direction."

The Environmental Farm Planning Program is delivered by the BCAC and funded by the federal and provincial governments under the Agriculture Policy Framework Agreement. The program helps B.C. farmers and ranchers to identify environmental risks in their operations and develop and implement a plan to reduce risks over the long term.

The National Farm Stewardship Program (NFSP) provides assistance to producers in implementing their EFP. The Environmental Farm Plan and NFSP in British Columbia receive $18 million, over five years, in federal funding for on-farm beneficial management practices. Applications to the National Farm Stewardship Program can only be made once producers have successfully completed an EFP. The program runs until March 31, 2008.

"The B.C. Agriculture Council takes environmental farm planning seriously and we recommend all farmers and ranchers take advantage of this program," said BCAC Chair Klein Geltink. "We see this program as vital to a prosperous, sustainable future and the ongoing confidence of our consumers."

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is working with provincial and industry partners to develop programs and promote farming practices which contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment for all Canadians and safe, healthy food for consumers.

For more information on AAFC's stewardship programs, visit or for more information on Environmental Farm Plans in British-Columbia, please visit

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
    Liz Bicknell
    Communications Director
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary
    B.C. Agriculture Council
    Steve Thomson
    Executive Director