The Agrifood Resource Guide has been developed primarily for all agrifood producers (farmers, ranchers, growers) and food processors in B.C.
It was developed for the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture by Mighty Oaks, a software development company based in Victoria. Funding was provided by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
Why do we need the Agrifood Resource Guide?
Industry and government want to ensure that scarce program resources are used as efficiently as possible. Therefore, we would like to direct you to programs that meet your greatest need. The Agrifood Resource Guide is designed to assist you in this process.
How are my results calculated?
A team of subject matter experts has pre-established numeric weightings for the different response options. The questions are worded so that YES answers indicate low risk and low opportunity, while NO answers indicate higher risks and opportunities. The averages of the calculated responses for each section are converted into a risk/opportunity rating on the results page.
How accurate are my results?
The questions in the Agrifood Resource Guide are quite general so they don’t allow for precise analysis. The idea is to have a small set of questions that you can work through quickly and get a general assessment of priority needs for your business operation.
Why should I register?
Registering allows your data to be saved in the program database. If you address some of the risks or opportunities identified, you may find that when you run through the resource guide again in the future, a different resource will now be the best match for your agrifood business.
What happens to my information?
Your responses are stored on a database that is on a secure server, housed in Canada. The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture intends to analyze the data periodically to better understand who is using the Agrifood Resource Guide, and summarize overall results.
After I get my results, what do I do next?
For each set of results, we have provided you with information on program resources to provide more detailed assistance. Some are offered by the Ministry of Agriculture and others by third party partners such as B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp). Check your results to see where your highest risks or highest opportunities exist, and then go ahead and contact the appropriate program representatives to learn more about resources available to assist you.
Will the Agrifood Resource Guide be changed in the future?
The Agrifood Resource Guide was developed to be very flexible. If new program resources are made available for a new topic area (e.g. animal care), it is quite easy to add a new section with a set of questions related to that topic.
The developers welcome your feedback at any time. You can submit feedback to the Ministry of Agriculture through the contact information on the Contact page.