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Living with Agricultural Practices

Learn how to manage some of the unavoidable disturbances associated with farm practices. The Provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Lands have created publications to learn how to control these issues.

  • Dust (PDF. New window) describes a range of particules sizes of material transported by air.
  • Noise (PDF. New window) details sound that is unpleasant or unwanted by the listener.
  • Odour (PDF. New window) explains the effect of various substances on the human olfactory system.

Bird control methods

Farmers often seek audible bird scare devises to protect their agricultural crops from damage to birds. Farmers commonly use Audible Bird Scare Devices (Website. New window) to protect blueberry, cherry and grape crops.

But, farmers also must consider neighbouring residents when using these devices. The Proposed Amendments to the Surrey Noise Control By-law - Use of Audible Bird Scare Devices (PDF. New window) reflects the revised provincial guidelines on noise control. Also review The Use of Propane Cannons in Agriculture (PDF. New window), to see regulations on using propane cannons to address bird predation issues.

New farmers can find details on day-to-day farm activities in The Countryside and You - Understanding Farming (PDF. New window).

Urban land use challenges

The agricultural community also faces challenges from neighbouring urban land uses. These challenges include pollution, soil erosion, competition for water, changing land values, flooding, and changing growth patterns of crops (caused by changes in shading or lighting).

The following issues can have significant economic impact on farmers, and result in liability and safety concerns:

  • Litter can cause damage to crops and equipment, injury to animals and people, and a reduction in the value of crops to be processed.
  • Unleashed dogs can harm small farm animals and dig holes that can cripple cattle and horses.
  • Trespassers onto farms can damage crop and soil conditions and allow animals to escape.
  • An overgrowth of weeds from the urban side can introduce pests and diseases to neighbouring farms and can poison livestock.
  • Theft of crops, livestock, and equipment, and vandalism to machinery, buildings, and fences are issues farmers may also face.


BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Provincial Agricultural Land Commission