Media Contacts

Blake Bilmer

Junior Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Agriculture
778 698-4786

Katie Hawkins

Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
613 773-1059

Media Relations

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
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613 773-7972
1 866 345-7972


B.C. projects receiving funding in 2018

The following projects received Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation funding in 2018, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership:

Advanced Intelligent Systems: $159,200 to develop an autonomous ground vehicle that can perform manual labour in the nursery sector.

Commissary Connect: $95,625 to develop a supply chain module within its technology to streamline the procurement, logistics and financial transactions simplifying these processes for small-scale farmers, primary producers and processors.

Cowichan Green Community Society: $26,343 to fund a pilot project by Cowichan Green Community, True Grain Bakery and Small Block Brewery to utilize recovered bread and process it into beer.

Craft Metrics Inc.: $15,000 for two products that will aid small craft and farm-based producers. The first device monitors and assists with the in-bottle pasteurization of cider or other beverages. The second is a system that monitors the fermentation of beer, wine, cider or mead.

Earth’s Own Food Co. Inc.: $12,614 to adapt and optimize a process for grinding nuts into smaller particle sizes that can be used to develop new products and improve existing nut-based products on the market.

FCOM Services Co. Ltd.: $10,000 to research using sound as a pest management strategy to protect vineyards, crop and fruit fields.

Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies: $77,000 to develop a safe and renewable plant-based biorubber.

NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics: $68,291 to develop barn-scale animal studies for their safety and efficacy (results) testing, develop protocols for the incorporation of the product into feed, and pilot sample production and purification processes.

Rich Naturals Inc.: $74,250 to finalize construction and test a prototype of a closed-loop low-temperature dryer.

Seabreeze Farm: $18,732 to examine the effectiveness of a new product, MicroNOX, as a more cost-effective option of hydrogen sulfide removal from biogas.

TechMist Spray Solutions Inc.: $169,210 to develop and improve the effectiveness monitoring, data analysis and treatment cycles that control pathogens in greenhouses.

The Mesh Exchange: $45,000 to develop a food recovery network that would connect B.C.’s primary producers to new economic opportunities by increasing access to free animal feed and new markets for unsold food products.

Trident Processes Inc.: $149,545 to evaluate equipment that could take manure (or partially dried manure) to a higher solid content level to economically produce a high-value, precision fertilizer.

University of British Columbia: $30,655 to conduct whole genome sequencing on wine yeast that would aid wineries carrying out spontaneous fermentations and contribute to wine product differentiation by terroir.

University of British Columbia: $40,000 to use a microwave-enhanced advanced oxidation process for the treatment of dairy manure and fat, oil and grease to optimize this feedstock for anaerobic digestion.

University of British Columbia: $62,500 to research the connection between microbiomes (microorganisms living together in one habitat) and hive treatments that beekeepers use, and their impacts on bee health.

University of British Columbia: $75,000 to develop and demonstrate a manure treatment technology for the dairy industry using a process developed by UBC called radio frequency-oxidation process.

University of British Columbia: $90,000 to research a triple vaccination treatment to better treat salmonella and campylobacter in chickens.   

Valid Manufacturing: $204,000 to design, engineer and manufacture a prototype dewatering centrifuge tailored to the financial and environmental needs of the B.C. dairy industry.

West Coast Wild Foods: $67,345 to commercialize an organic pest control, germ reduction and drying system that can help reduce the presence of pests’ eggs in wild mushrooms. The drying capability of the system will also improve the drying process, without adding extra time.