Emergency Flood Forage Program

The program supports commercial livestock businesses in the response stage i.e., as they respond
to the impacts of the Atmospheric River event (“the Event”) and transition to a revised operational
strategy. The program provides immediate emergency forage support to facilitate those transitions
and/or to continue to respond flooding impacts.

Read the full News Release here.

This program is now CLOSED and we are no longer accepting applications.

Information on program eligibility can be found in detail here. The flood forage program does:

  • Provide farm businesses with relief during an approved timeframe, allowing businesses time to find alternative forage options and supporting immediate livestock health and welfare
  • Provide hay for eligible livestock based upon standard animal consumption levels
  • Encourages businesses to begin transition planning as soon as possible
  • Require that the feeding and forage storage locations are safe, feed transportation can be done in a safe manner and livestock caregivers are secure.

The flood forage program does NOT:

  • Allow the supplied hay to be stockpiled for use outside of the approved, immediate time frame
  • Supersede other response strategies, such as farm/ranch emergency plans or the livestock relocation program
  • Provide reimbursement for field, storage, or other losses
  • Address drought conditions or other events that have occurred in 2021

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The current forage or hay resources have been deemed unsafe, forage is not able to be accessed, or was completely destroyed due to flooding event and, no alternative forage resources are available.
  • Businesses must also meet the following criteria:
    • The livestock operation must be a commercial livestock-based farm business. Farm business operations are defined by the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act as business operations where there is a reasonable expectation of income based on sales of commercial livestock (and/or their products).
    • The livestock operation must be prepared to provide proof of filing a 2020 income tax as a farm operation or provide proof of a recent purchase of a farm operation.

First Nation Communities and community members must also meet the following criteria:

  • Livestock must be essential for food security in these communities.
    • Eligible animals would include horses.
  • Eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate they are directly impacted by the Event and have an immediate need for forage. To determine eligibility for this program, First Nations operators are encouraged to apply for an assessment of eligibility.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

BC Forage Council is administering the program for the Fraser Valley, and the BC Cattlemen is administering the program for the Interior of BC. Producers that are eligible for the program can contact the program partners to complete an application and assess their required need with:

Stay informed about the AgriRecovery Program by emailing agrirecovery@gov.bc.ca to receive an alert when the program is announced.