Farming in British Columbia is as diverse as its agricultural regions. From Fraser Valley blueberries to cattle raising in Peace to agri-tourism businesses in the Vancouver Island region, BC is home to over 200 agricultural commodities. Thanks to its varying climates and landscapes, BC’s commercial farming industry provides local, national and international markets with necessities in foods, fibers and medicinal products.
But regardless of where you are or what you farm in BC, you have to deal with crop failures, insects, diseases, wildfires, flooding, farming equipment, buildings, your personal dwelling and more. Which is why farm insurance in BC is necessary for all agri-businesses in the Pacific Province. Aside from information on how farm insurance in BC can help you protect your farm, we’ve also included risk management resources for BC farmers in this post.
Quick Facts About Farming in BC
Some interesting facts about the British Columbia’s farming industry include:
- BC has the highest percentage of female farm operators in Canada at 37.5%, almost 10 percentage points higher than the rest of Canada which is at 28.7%
- There are approximately 2,000 farmers under the age of 35 in BC
- There are approximately 17,500 farms in BC, a number that’s decreasing.
- The average farm size in BC has increased from 327 acres to 365 acres
- 98% of farms in BC are family-run
BC farmers sell more blueberries, cherries, raspberries, garlic, apricots and leeks than farmers anywhere else in Canada
Risk Management 101 for Farms in BC
The Government of BC has categorized some of the risks facing BC farmers into the following categories:
- Human Resources
The following are their recommendations on what you, as an agrifood business manager, need to consider to help you predict potential risks to your BC farm and some resources to help you inform yourself on how to mitigate those risks. They include:
- Following good production practices for farms in BC
- Diseases and pests, food safety and traceability, machine readiness for operation, and labour availability
- Having a marketing plan and knowing how marketing tools can help in volatile market conditions
- Make sure you’re getting current and accurate market information
- Identifying pricing trends
- “How secure are your financial arrangements with lending agencies?
- Will the current levels within your production insurance coverage meet your cash flow requirements?
What is the worst-case scenario for production loss?”
Human Resources Risks
- Have a plan to deal with management and/or skilled labour losses
- Implement an HR strategy
- Know the national and international policies that can negatively affect the market for your products
- Know the federal, provincial and municipal policies and regulations that affects commercial farming in your jurisdiction and have a plan to deal with changes to them
Below are some of the coverages available as part of a farm insurance plan in BC.
Farm Insurance BC – Farm Machinery Coverages
While the first steps to addressing the above risks include informing yourself and implementing plans and procedures to deal with them, there is no getting around the fact that to run a successful farming business in BC, you need farm insurance tailored to your BC farming operations. Machinery and equipment breakdown is an inevitable fact of life, business and farming. With the following coverages, you can help your BC farming business protect itself from some of the costs of some unexpected events. The following are a few of the farming machinery coverages available through ALIGNED:
- Coverage for tractors and field cultivators
- Coverage for plows, spreaders, etc.
- ATV and UTV coverage including coverage for farm gators, side by sides and more
- Farm vehicle coverage and auto insurance
- Drone coverage
- Farm key person travel insurance coverage
Again, these are just a few examples. Contact us to find out if your farming equipment and machinery are covered under BC farm insurance plans brokered through ALIGNED.
BC Farm Insurance Through ALIGNED, Protecting your Livestock and Crops
Our policy provides insurance protection and coverage for livestock such as cattle, sheep, hogs and poultry and harvested crops including:
Our BC farm insurance plans also include
- Commercial General Liability Insurance for BC farming operations
- Farm Home Insurance / Property Insurance for structures on your land
For more information on Farm Insurance for BC farming, visit our Canadian Farm Insurance Coverage Overview page.
ALIGNED – Your Source for Comprehensive Farm Insurance in BC
Our ALIGNED insurance brokers are specialists in commercial insurance coverages and risk-management. We know the unique risks faced by every kind of farmer in BC and we know how to make sure their farm business or hobby farms are fully protected. Contact ALIGNED farm insurance specialists and get a free quote in minutes.
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