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2022

Unique Surrey Farmland Should Be Protected

June 24, 2022

BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is deeply concerned by the recent reports that the lands that have been farmed by Heppell’s Potatoes for more than three generations are now at risk of industrial development, announced BCAC Executive Director, Danielle Synotte.

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Census Shows Agriculture is a Growing Economic Driver in British Columbia

June 23, 2022

Last week, Statistics Canada released new data from the Census of Agriculture that told readers that the agriculture sectors’ contributions to the provincial economy are growing. Operating revenue in the province totalled $4.8 billion in 2020 which is a significant increase over revenue in 2019 of $3.9 billion.

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BCAC Fund for Farmers Receives Nearly $800,000 in Donations

May 5, 2022

As of today, BC Agriculture Council's (BCAC) Fund for Farmers has reached nearly $800,000 in donations announced President, Stan Vander Waal. Canadians donated in response to flooding in B.C. communities last November after learning of the devastating impacts to farmers and ranchers, particularly in Abbotsford, Merritt, and Princeton.

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Agriculture Award Winners Announced at 20th B.C. Agri-Food Industry Gala

March 30, 2022

Richmond farmer Bill Zylmans and long-time agriculture consultant Christine Koch were recognized for their contributions to B.C.’s agriculture sector this evening at the virtual B.C. Agri-Food Industry Gala hosted by BC Agriculture Council (BCAC). In addition, Royal Bay Secondary teacher Robin Ruff was presented with an Outstanding Teacher Award by BC Agriculture in the Classroom (BCAITC).

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The BC Agri-Food Industry Gala Online Auction Is Now Live!

March 21, 2022

Get your bids in now! BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is thrilled to announce that the BC Agri-Food Industry Gala Online Auction is open for online bidding now to April 3. British Columbians can bid on over 100 items including entertainment, accommodation, gift cards, memorabilia, and more!

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20th BC Agri-Food Industry Gala Celebrates Agriculture in B.C.

March 16, 2022

For the second time in 20 years, the BC Agri-Food Industry Gala will take a virtual format as farmers, ranchers, and supporters from across the province tune in to celebrate the agriculture sector in British Columbia. BC Agriculture Council’s (BCAC) virtual Gala will air on March 30, 2022, at 6:00 P.M.

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2021

BC Agriculture Council Establishes Fund to Support Farmers

November 19, 2021

BC Agriculture Council is accepting donations on behalf of our province’s farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by the recent severe weather events. The organization has already received $100,000 in donations, including $30,000 from Scotiabank, $25,000 each from CIBC and Envision Financial, and $20,000 from Mertin Auto Group in Chilliwack.

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B.C. Farmers and Ranchers Connect with Government for Ag Day

October 26, 2021

It has been two years since British Columbia’s farmers, ranchers and industry leaders last gathered for Ag Day in Victoria where they connected with government to discuss matters impacting the sector. While the annual event won’t take place in Victoria this year, Ag Day will go forward virtually, beginning today. This year’s discussions will focus on three top priorities for agriculture: food security, water security, and labour.

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Celebrate Summer with Free Cook-Along

June 2, 2021

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to try some tasty new recipes! BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and We Heart Local BC are hosting a free cook-along webinar from 5:30pm to 7:00m on June 21, 2021 that features fresh, fabulous and fun summertime recipes and ag-education!

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Provincial Budget Is Preparing for Economic Recovery

April 20, 2021

Today, Finance Minister Selina Robinson tabled the 2021 provincial budget amid COVID-19 financial pressures. The budget funds a range of new measures to protect the health and safety of British Columbians while supporting people and businesses and preparing for recovery from the pandemic.

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Free Cook-Along BC Series Launches

April 6, 2021

BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) and We Heart Local BC, are partnering again to provide a new series of free virtual cook-alongs! The exciting new series will feature a variety of educational cooking demonstrations with Chef Trevor Randle on April 24, May 8, June 21 and fall/winter 2021.

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Auction Proceeds Hit All-Time High!

February 3, 2021

BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is thrilled to share the results from the annual silent auction which saw proceeds hit the highest level it has ever raised, wrapping-up at $13,255. For the fourth consecutive year, the proceeds from the auction will be donated to BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC)."

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Start Your Bidding - The BC "Ag Gala" Silent Auction Is Now Live!

January 21, 2021

Today, BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is thrilled to announce the launch of the annual BC Agri-Food Industry Gala online silent auction. For the fourth consecutive year, the proceeds from the auction will be donated to BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC). "The BCAC Board is again thrilled to support the work of BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation whose activities are something our whole sector can unite on," says BCAC President, Stan Vander Waal. "Given the past year, it is critical that we continue to collaborate and show support from within our community."

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2020

B.C. Agriculture Sector As The Economic Stabilizer After COVID-19

October 23, 2020

Today, BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) and Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAF) announced the completion of a B.C. agriculture economic impact study that illustrates how agriculture is a significant economic contributor and an important piece of B.C.’s identity. Not only is the sector a core component of the province’s economy, it can play a major role in helping the province weather and recover from the pandemic-induced economic downturn, particularly in rural communities.

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New Plan Helps Island Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

July 13, 2020

Farmers on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands will have more support to adapt to climate change following the development of the Vancouver Island Adaptation Strategies plan. The plan identifies 11 strategies for increasing the resilience of producers in the region. The governments of Canada and B.C. will provide $300,000 in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support projects that achieve those strategies.

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Canadian Federation of Agriculture Warns Domestic Food Supply Needs to be the Biggest Government Priority, Following Healthcare, in Fight Against COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Today Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), hosted a virtual press conference to address the extraordinary challenges being faced by Canadian farmers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Robinson warned that without immediate assistance from the federal government, the Canadian agriculture sector cannot ensure our domestic food supply will remain secure for the immediate and long-term benefit of all Canadians.

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BCAC Adds Voice to a Call for a Return to Order, the Free Movement of Goods and People and a Commitment to Certainty and Future Prosperity

March 5, 2020

“British Columbia is recognized globally for producing high-quality, safe, nutritious food and agricultural products," says Stan Vander Waal, BCAC President. "Without a reliable supply and delivery system, our domestic and global customers will lose confidence and turn to other countries to source their food, leaving local farm businesses at risk of losing hard earned markets. Agriculture continues to suffer from the effects of events that remain out of our control such as the gas pipeline rupture, rail strikes and trade disputes. Reversing the impact of this is a long and difficult process.”

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B.C. NDP Government Releases Disappointing Budget for Agriculture

February 19, 2020

This week the BC NDP government released its third budget after delivering a throne speech last Tuesday. The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture received a $2.8-million reduction in funding for 2020. The reduction is primarily targeting travel and office expenses, a freeze on hiring and anticipated program slippage. Out of all the provinces, British Columbia continues to have the lowest government expenditures in agriculture as a percentage of agriculture GDP.

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Op-Ed: Metro’s Attempt to Regulate Cannabis Odour Threatens B.C.’s Agriculture Sector

February 12, 2020

In our collective effort to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases, who knew that plants and crops were the problem? Officials at the Metro Vancouver Regional District think so as a Metro committee called “Climate Action” is proposing to regulate naturally occurring emissions from plants. Starting with cannabis, Metro Vancouver is proposing to regulate the natural scents and compounds that come from plants and trees.

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