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B.C. farmers, ranchers benefit with extreme weather support

B.C. farmers and ranchers looking to improve their climate preparedness and resiliency to wildfires, flooding and extreme heat, can apply for the second intake of funding through the Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture program.

The new program is helping reduce the effect of climate change and extreme weather events and build a more resilient and competitive agriculture and food sector that puts food on the tables of British Columbians and employs B.C. workers.

The $1.5-million Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture program supports a variety of projects tackling wildfires, flooding and extreme heat. To date, 50 applications and more than $440,000 have been approved from the first intake this past summer, including:

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Biological Nitrogen Fixation for All Crops - Phil Bernardin

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Phil grew up in Manitoba and spent time in the seed and equipment industries before joining Engage Agro/Belchim Canada in Saskatchewan, where he conducted research with plant regulators, specifically chlormequat chloride (Manipulator), and bringing it to market in western Canada.

More recently Phil has joined Azotic North America to develop Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Envita), a nitrogen fixing bacteria for both legume and non-legume crops and bring it to market.

Phil will review the science behind Envita, what it is and how it works, and provide small plot replicated and large-scale trial results in a number of crops including wheat and canola. Phil will also cover best management practices on how to incorporate Envita into existing agronomic programs.