Ottawa is looking for BC farmers to tell them which way the wind is blowing – literally.
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada is seeking agroclimate impact reporters to complete a monthly survey regarding weather conditions in their area. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and helps federal staff identify climate and weather-related risks to agriculture in regions across Canada. The responses in turn supports federal planning and programs aimed at addressing weather-related risks.
“While in Alberta dozens of surveys have been completed across the province, in BC so far only two producers have done so,” program staff have told Country Life in BC. “It would be incredibly helpful if producers and agrologists could complete these surveys.”
Canada’s obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change commit it to take steps towards climate preparedness and mitigation. Surveys such as this will complement high-level observation by three newly launched SAR satellites as part of the RADARSAT-Constellation mission to improve measurements of crops and conditions, and the ability of government scientists and forecasters to detect changes.
There isn’t a specific sign-up provided. Instead, we are told:
1. Sign up for the Agroclimate Impact Reporter email list here.
2. Once a month during the last week of the growing season, you will receive an email with the link to AAFC’s agroclimate survey. Open this link to fill out a 2-5 minute survey on climate and weather impacts to agriculture in your area. If you have any questions about the survey, contact the National Agroclimate Information service here.