On February 23 and 24, the BC living Lab (LL-BC) and the BC Agricultural Climate Action Research Network (ACARN) hosted a BC Agricultural Research Data Protocol workshop. during the two-day interdisciplinary workshop participants and presenters worked together to define collective approaches for measuring soil organic carbon, greenhouse has emissions and co-benefits of beneficial management practices for agricultural production systems in BC.

Research methods for a range of objectives related to agricultural climate solutions were discussed in depth with the goals of defining common approaches, better integrating data collection efforts and advancing data sharing.

Day one of the workshop focused on how to build common approaches through the LL-BC and day two looked at how to extend beyond the LL-BC.



ACS Living Labs strategy for socio-economics  | Video

Challenges of scaling soil carbon data over space and time | Video

Co-benefits measurements for the BC Living Lab: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s approach | Video

Choosing soil health measurements for large-scale adoption | Video

Farm Nitrogen Budgets | (see video below)

Nutrient management with growers | Video

Socio-economics designing the research | Video

Soil Microbiology Evaluation Methods | Video

Soil organic carbon measurements for BC Living Lab: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s approach | Video

Prevalence of soil-borne pests and diseases in relation to soil health | Video


Data requirements to model carbon and GHG emissions and removals for Canada’s GHG inventory | Video

Data stewardship and data governance | Video

i-Open agri-data: ethical use | Video

LITEFARM: tools for farmers | Video

Remote sensing for evaluating health of agricultural ecosystems | Video

Soil technical working group draft recommendations | Video

Soil health and carbon sequestration protocol for B.C. | Video

Priorities, programming, & reporting | Video


Recommendations Soil TWG

Soil health indicator selection summary 2022


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This workshop was supported in part by the BC Living Lab. Additional funding was provided by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food.