We assist hard-working farmers who look after their land, so the land can continue to work hard for us.

Farmland Advantage is a research and development project that works with farmers to conserve and enhance critical, natural values in British Columbia, Canada.

Farmland Advantage works with farmers to enhance the natural values on their land. These natural values are often referred to as ‘ecosystem services’; services of a natural environment that benefits humans. They are values that are not traded in the markets but have great value to us all. They can include areas like wetlands that filter and purify water, and forests that clean the air and provide habitat for healthy wildlife populations.

The project helps farmers identify the natural values which can be protected and enhanced, and develops recommendations and plans to preserve them. These plans can include actions such as water or stream setbacks, strategic fencing, reforestation, or rangeland enhancement. Farmers then carry out the recommendations, and Farmland Advantage helps to provide compensation based on successful implementation.

Program Overview

Farmland Advantage takes a regional approach to address environmental and climate concerns. Using site selection methodology that is unique to an area’s specific challenges (e.g. wildfire, drought, or flooding), Farmland Advantage targets farms that have the potential to improve the health of the ecosystem in the immediate and surrounding areas.

Farmland Advantage helps farmers identify the natural values on their land that can be protected and enhanced, and develop recommendations and plans to preserve them.

These plans include:

  • Water or Stream Setbacks

  • Strategic Fencing

  • Reforestation

  • Rangeland Enhancement

Farmers or ranchers contracted through the Farmland Advantage Program carry out the recommended actions and are provided modest financial compensation once the activities are completed.

Program Timeline

Farmland Advantage began in 2016. It started small, as a five-year research and development pilot project of the Windermere Farmers Institute and other partners. In that time the project established 60+ demonstration sites across BC.

  • 2016
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022

Program Funders

In Spring 2021, IAF began officially administering and delivering the Farmland Advantage program following the success of a one-year pilot. The program is supported by a variety of partners, including:

Our Funders

Program

What is Farmland Advantage, and why is it important?

Approach

How are sites selected, and what sites are best suited to a project?

Impact

Exploring Farmland Advantage’s Impacts Across BC.

Projects & Research

From stream health to grasslands, see a sample of the ongoing projects & research.