R&D Project:

Peace Region Living Lab

Overview

Status: In Progress

Project Timeline: August 2022 – March 2027

Objectives

PRFA is one of nine partners in this 5-year federally funded project spanning the Alberta and BC Peace entitled “Enhancing agroecosystem services in the Peace Region.”

    • Peace River Forage Association (PRFA), Peace Region Forage Seed Association (PRFSA), BC Grain Producers Association (BCGPA), Peace Country Forage and Beef Association (PCBFA), North Peace Applied Research Association (NPARA), SARDA Ag Research, Mackenzie Applied Research Associaition (MARA), Fourth Sister Farm and Peace Region Agriculture Extension Institute.

Living Lab Priorities: implement Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) that (1) sequester carbon (2) reduce greenhouse gas emission, and (3) provide other environmental co-benefits. These BMPs also improve farm productivity, profitability, and environmental resiliency. To learn more about living lab priorites go to agriculture.canada.ca/en/….agricultural-climate-solutions-living-labs.

Who does what?: Producer partners (core-producers) are involved in the design of these field-scale experiments and carryout the treatments. PRFA contractors and Agriculture & Agrifood Canada (AAFC) researchers collect the baseline data for 5 years (soils, plants, yield).

PRFA’s Focus: Demonstrate Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) that producers have been trying, and collect scientific data that shows the benefits of those practices. Tame forage rejuvenation, composting and vermicomposting, extending the grazing season, and regenerative grazing management practices will be looked at.

What is unique about a Living Lab? Living Labs start with Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) producers want to evaluate. They test the BMPs at a field scale, allow producers to adapt the practices as they would in real-life, and focus on sharing results with other producers. Fostering adoption of the Beneficial Management Practices is the main goal of a Living Lab.

Peace Region Living Lab: To learn more about the Peace Region Living Lab go to peacelivinglab.ca,

Progress

  • 2022: Baseline site and environmental co-benefit measurements were taken on all sites.
  • 2023: 1 meter soil core samples were taken on all sites (control & treatment areas) by AAFC researchers and a second sample by PRLL contractors.  Beneficial Management Practice treatments were implemented by producers. PRFA Summer Tour visited two of the PRLL sites.  Soil, plant and yield measurements (aka environmental co-benefits) were completed by PRFA contractors.
  • 2024: Feb 21st all core-producers received a year 2 data summary of the environmental co-benefits measurements.

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Project Cooperators

  • G1
    Briar Ridge, BC, Canada
  • G2
    Montney, BC, Canada
  • G3
    Cecil Lake, BC, Canada
  • G4
    Doig River, Peace River, BC, Canada
  • G5
    Clayhurst, BC, Canada
  • G6
    Bonanza, AB, Canada
  • G7
    Goodlow, BC, Canada
  • G8
    South Taylor, Taylor, BC, Canada
  • G9
    Halfway River, Peace River, BC, Canada
  • G10
    Rose Prairie, BC, Canada
  • E1
    Rose Prairie, BC, Canada
  • E2
    Rose Prairie, BC, Canada

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