BC Agri-Food Industry Gala 2019

January 23, 2019 - Abbotsford, BC

Timed to coincide with the Pacific Agriculture Show, this annual event attracts over 450 BC farmers and ranchers, industry organizations and government officials. The BC Agriculture Gala is British Columbia's premier celebration of agriculture. Tickets can be purchased here. See photos from the 2018 gala here. Feel free to like, tag or share!


"Grow Your Food Business" Workshop Series

This one-day course gives you the cold splash in your face that you’ve needed to take a serious look at your product’s true potential. Knowing your metrics is key to stopping a costly business idea in its tracks or getting the green light to proceed – and we have the tools to help. Take a closer look at the basics on business planning, market access, financial planning, labelling & packaging, distribution and digital strategy in this one-day workshop. Ready for a deeper dive into business planning for a food processing business?

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Pacific Agriculture Show & Island Agriculture Show Short Courses:

January 24-26th, 2019

The Ministry supports Short Courses at the Pacific Agriculture Show on January 24-26th and the Island Agriculture Show on February 1-2. Ministry staff will also be in attendance with our booth so come by and say hello.

The Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association (LMHIA) Horticulture Growers' Short Course is the feature event for the Agriculture Show and is jointly produced by LMHIA and the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. Register for the Horticulture Growers' Short Course

The year’s Island Agriculture show covers a range of topics including soil compaction, wire worm control, land matching, small scale food processing, industrial hemp, financing and more. Register for the Agriculture Show conference sessions.

Top 10 Farm Financial Mistakes and How to Avoid Them with Rossworn Henderson LLP:

January 26th, 2019

Using interactive audience participation and professional farm accounting expertise, we will discuss some common pitfalls, strategies to stay on track, and existing resources available to help you and your agriculture business thrive. Subjects include but not limited to:

  • Factors to consider: scaling up or down
  • Leasing vs purchase land & capital investments
  • Micro loans & financing: finding your needs
  • Hedging Risk: AGRI Support Programs and strategies
  • True cost of a dozen eggs / knowing your costs
  • Return on investment and deprecation
  • Perspectives on debt: short game long game
  • Importance of paying yourself
  • Improve your business strategy
  • Farm Tax accounting basics

The next workshop takes place Saturday, January 26th in Quesnel at the Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre. If you want to RSVP for the event, please email

AgriServiceBC webinars:

AgriService BC webinars help you keep up to date on current issues, overcome challenges, and achieve your business and production goals. Connect and get answers directly from topic experts as well as other audience members on topics ranging from farming practices to agribusiness, succession planning, risk management and marketing.

  1. Field to Packer: Post Harvest Methods for Fruit Quality
    Production, harvest and handling practices to optimize fruit quality.
    Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Time: 2 PM P.S.T.
    Presenter: Peter Toivonen, Ph.D. Research Scientist, Postharvest Physiology, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, B.C. Peter is an expert in the post-harvest physiology of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, has a lengthy list of publications and has a strong international profile in the field of postharvest research and science of fruits and vegetables.
  2. What to do When Your Birds are Sick
    An overview of recommended procedures for small flock poultry owners in the face of a disease event, including recognizing disease, self-quarantine and lab submission.
    Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Time: 2 PM P.S.T.
    Presenters: Dr. Victoria Bowes, Veterinary Avian Pathologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr. Tony Redford, Veterinary Avian Pathologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.
  3. The Cherry Industry: A Made in B.C. Success Story
    Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Time: 2 PM P.S.T.
    Presenter: Carl Withler, Industry Specialist for Treefruits and Grapes, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture

The next workshop takes place Saturday, January 26th in Quesnel at the Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre. If you want to RSVP for the event, please email

CAFA Meeting: Canadian Dairy Farms and USMCA — What’s The Beef?" with Dave Taylor

January 15, 2019

Event Organizer: Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) - Dave Taylor, a 3rd generation dairy farmer will provide a historical and current perspective on dairy farming in B.C. His focus will be to outline the discouragement that dairy farmers and the dairy industry have faced with recent trade deals including the decisions surrounding USMCA. He will also discuss why it is important that Canadians are aware of the impacts even if they are not directly impacted by these trade deals.

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COGA Session: Strategic Planning and Goal Setting

January 17, 2019

Event Organizer: Centre of Organizational Governance in Agriculture (COGA) - Session details and registration is available online.

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Pacific Agriculture Show

January 24-26, 2019

Event Organizer: JGS Events - The Pacific Agriculture Show will showcase the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry. Join thousands of farmers and agri-food producers in comparing and investigating what over 300 exhibitors have to make your operation more efficient.

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Islands Agriculture Show

February 1 - 2, 2019

The Islands Agriculture Show is the only agricultural trade show serving the farm and food community on Vancouver Island, the Coast and Gulf Islands. The Islands Agriculture Show provides a venue for farmers, rural landowners, farm organizations, equipment dealers, service providers and the general public to learn, connect and engage.

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BC Fruit Growers' Association 130th Annual Convention

February 12 - 13, 2019

Event Organizer: BC Fruit Growers' Association - The 130th Annual Convention and AGM will take place at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

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BC Tree Fruit Horticultural Symposium

February 20, 2019

Event Organizer: BC Fruit Growers' Association - The 2019 Tree Fruit Horticulture Symposium will be on Wednesday, February 20 in Kelowna at Trinity Baptist Church.

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BC Cherry AGM

February 21, 2019

Event Organizer: BC Cherry Association - The annual general meeting will take place in Kelowna.

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COABC 2019 Conference

February 22 - 24, 2019

Event Organizer: Certified Organic Associations of BC - COABC members from all over the province attend this annual conference, which focuses on sharing technical information, resources, and time to celebrate the organic community.

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2019 BC Poultry Conference

February 27 - March 1, 2019

Event Organizer: BC Broiler Hatching Egg Producers' Association, BC Chicken Growers' Association, BC Egg Marketing Board & BC Turkey Association - The annual conference provides industry themed sessions to give attendees the opportunity to share, learn, and network in a highly engaging setting.

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COGA Session: Governance - Board Succession

March 13, 2019

Event Organizer: Centre of Organizational Governance in Agriculture (COGA) - Session details and registration is available online.

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Ignite - FCC Young Farmer Summit

March 21, 2019

Event Organizer: Farm Credit Canada (FCC) - Register for this free event today - if you're under 40 and involved in agriculture, agribusiness or agri-food, Ignite is the place for you. Space is limited. Reception to follow.

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BC Dairy Industry Conference

November 28-30, 2018

Event Organizer: BC Dairy Association & BC Milk Marketing Board - The conference provides BC’s dairy industry with a unique opportunity to gather together under one roof to network, socialize and learn from industry experts.

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BC Landscape & Nursery Association AGM

December 6, 2018

Event Organizer: BC Landscape & Nursery Association - Join the BCLNA Board of Directors and staff to participate in developing key strategies to move the Association forward. There is no cost to attend the AGM however registration is still required.

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Great Boards and Meetings Workshop

November 15, 2018

Event Organizer: Farm Credit Canada - an exclusive hands-on workshop where you’ll get practical tips and tools for running effective board meetings, discovering the strengths of your present board and building future board health.

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