Challenge Scenarios

RESILIENCY OF B.C. BERRIES

Field crops are one of B.C.’s top agricultural commodity exports. Blueberries, for example, are in demand globally.  In order to further maximize the productivity and resiliency of these types of commodities, innovations are sought that will improve mechanization, harvesting, processing, plant breeding and storage to maximize export opportunities. Innovations for this challenge should consider how the technologies and solutions will apply across other B.C. commodities.

Examples of innovations in this area:

  • Infrared technology for grading and improved efficiency of sorting
  • Modified atmosphere that extends shelf life, and other such innovations
  • Mechanized harvesting hand

Resiliency of B.C. Berries: One Page Overview | Presentation


PEST MANAGEMENT AND LOSS REDUCTIONS

Wildlife and pests, such as deer, coyotes, birds weeds and insects, can create losses for farmers and ranchers and represent an ongoing, age-old challenge.  Currently, innovations are sought to effectively manage pest, wildlife and invasive species concerns in a socially responsible way.

Examples of innovations in this area:

  • 3D fencing
  • Use of drones

Pest Management and Loss Reductions: One Page Overview | Presentation


GREENHOUSE EFFICIENCY

The B.C. greenhouse sector is a significant contributor to the agriculture sector and supply chain, producing high-value vegetables and a wide range of ornamental plants.  The industry is however, cost and resource intensive, relying on state-of-the-art facilities and advanced production practices to produce high-quality products. Innovations are sought to further enhance the reputation of the sector as a leader in innovative and sustainable practices.

Examples of innovations in this area:

  • Energy and water conservation systems
  • Biodegradable or recyclable options, bioplastic innovations for greenhouse debris

Greenhouse Efficiency: One Page Overview | Presentation


NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

The over application of nutrients in the form of animal manures and commercial fertilizers is creating environmental challenges, leading to the need for changes in management practices.  Producers are incurring costs for disposing of by-products, when they could be realizing revenue streams from excess nutrients.  Currently, nutrient management and recovery innovations are sought to maximize potential across many sectors within the agriculture industry.

Examples of innovations in this area:

  • Solid/liquid manure separation (centrifuge, rotary screen, etc.)
  • Nutrient recovery systems
  • Value added processing systems to generate revenue streams (i.e. anaerobic digestion and gasification technologies)

Nutrient Management: One Page Overview | Presentation

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