NEWS RELEASES

NEWS RELEASES



2020

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. A working group with up to 20 representatives from the agricultural sector and regional and provincial governments will oversee the development of priority projects. The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative will manage project implementation.

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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.

"We are facing a critical time where it is imperative that farmers and ranchers receive the immediate support they need," says Stan Vander Waal, BC Agriculture Council president. "We must ensure that Canada’s domestic food supply is secure not only now, but for months to come. I am encouraged and grateful for the support from our provincial government so far, to help address critical labour concerns. What we need now, is for the federal government to come to the table with a support plan for agriculture that encourages farmers to continue growing and raising safe, nutritious food for Canadians, even while facing challenges with labour shortages and market uncertainty."

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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

A growing chorus of business, Indigenous and community leaders are calling for a commitment to certainty and future prosperity following weeks of economic disruption.

“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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2019

Record Year for Food Sales in B.C. 

December 16, 2019

B.C. farmers, ranchers, seafood and processing workers contributed to a recordsetting year in 2018, with annual revenue from businesses in those sectors reaching $15 billion for the first time.

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B.C. Farmers and Ranchers Connect with Government in Victoria  

October 29, 2019

British Columbia farmers, ranchers and industry leaders are in Victoria today to connect with government for the annual Ag Day in Victoria. Ag Day’s main objective is to connect key sector representatives with government to increase awareness around the positive impacts agriculture has on B.C.’s economy and speak to specific challenges.

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Liberal Party’s Salmon Farming Platform Threatens Jobs and Ignores Facts

October 1, 2019

The BC Salmon Farmers Association issued this statement from Executive Director John Paul Fraser today in response to the Liberal Party of Canada’s new platform on salmon farming...

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New Legislation Will Strengthen Independence of Agricultural Land Commission

March 7, 2019

Legislation has been introduced to strengthen the independence of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), so it can better fulfill its mandate of preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), while encouraging farming and ranching within British Columbia.

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2018

B.C. Farmers and Ranchers Talk Land Use and Labour in Victoria

November 6, 2018

Farm and ranch leaders from across the province have arrived in Victoria for “Ag Day”, BC Agriculture Council’s premier advocacy event.

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Planning for Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector

August 15, 2018

The British Columbia agriculture sector will have new resources available to support its efforts in adapting to climate change. The Climate Change Adaptation Program is providing $6 million in federal and provincial government support, over the next five years, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The program builds on previous government-supported work and is focused on building resilience to climate change at the farm level, and at the wider regional level.

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Economic Strategy Explored at Annual Industry-Government FPT Roundtable on Agriculture

July 19, 2018

Agriculture industry leaders highlighted several options for economic strategy in their meeting today with federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) annual industry-government FPT Roundtable took place in Vancouver, BC, where farm leaders from each province sat side-by-side with their provincial agriculture ministers to talk about how local and regional aspects connect with the national plans to grow the sector.

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Province Relaunches Buy BC to Connect People to Made-in-B.C. Products

June 23, 2018

Buy BC programming is being relaunched to boost B.C.’s agriculture industry and fuel public interest in shopping for made-in-B.C. products.

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British Columbia Environmental Farm Plan Program Continues

June 5, 2018

The B.C. Agricultural Research & Development Corporation (ARDCorp) will continue to deliver the Environmental Farm Plan Program (EFP) on behalf of the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Funding for this program is provided by the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year 3-billion-dollar investment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that aims to support the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

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Wine Industry Disappointed with Supreme Court Ruling

April 19, 2018

The British Columbia Wine Institute and its members today expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling on Her Majesty the Queen v. Gerard Comeau. The case challenged restrictions on interprovincial trade, an issue the BCWI and the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) has been working on for over a decade.

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The Co-operators Welcomes BC Agriculture Council as Its Newest Member

March 22, 2018

The Co-operators Group Limited is pleased to announce its newest member organization, the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC). The Co-operators, a Canadian insurance and financial services co-operative, now has 44 members, including co-operatives, credit union centrals and representative farm organizations.

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Media Statement on Rail Transportation

March 1, 2018

Farmers from across Canada are in Ottawa to convey a unified message that urgent action is required to prevent another grain crisis in Western Canada.

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John Horgan's BC NDP Government Releases its First Full Budget

February 20, 2018

Today, John Horgan's BC NDP government released its first full budget after delivering a throne speech last Tuesday. The Ministry of Agriculture was the only resource-based ministry highlighted in today’s budget. The Ministry will receive a $29-million increase in funding over the next three years to support GrowBC, FeedBC and BuyBC.

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Award Winners Announced at the 2018 B.C. Agri-Foods Industry Gala

January 24, 2018

The BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is pleased to announce the award recipients from the 16th Annual B.C. Agri-Foods Industry Gala.

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2017

Silent Auction Proceeds Donated to BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

December 5, 2017

All proceeds from the BC Agri-Food Industry Gala’s silent auction will be donated to the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation announced BC Agriculture Council Chair, Stan Vander Waal today.

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Ag Horticulture & Landscape Sectors Tackle Labour and Skills Shortages

November 30, 2017

The BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA) is partnering with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to develop deeper insights into alleviating the labour shortages of workers in the landscape, agriculture horticulture and turf sectors.

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Helping British Columbia Farmers Identify and Manage Risk

November 24, 2017

The Government of Canada is committed to working with agricultural industry partners and the private sector to explore and develop new risk management tools that meet the needs of Canadian farmers when faced with serious challenges beyond their control.

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B.C. Farmers and Ranchers Connecting With Government in Victoria

November 7, 2017

Eighty farm and ranch leaders from across the province have arrived in Victoria for “Ag Day”, BC Agriculture Council’s premier advocacy event.

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BC New Democrats Announce Budget

September 11, 2017

Today, the British Columbia's NDP government announced its first budget after delivering a throne speech last Friday. However, the party's full financial plan won't come until February 2018. British Columbia's Finance Minister, Carole James, says the budget will outline the "first steps" of some programs, but warned that the government is taking its time to ensure they are implemented correctly.

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BC New Democrats Announce Minister of Agriculture

July 18, 2017

The B.C. New Democrat Party (BC NDP) has announced Lana Popham as the Province’s new Minister of Agriculture today during the swearing in ceremony in Victoria, B.C.

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Invitation to Attend 2017 National Environmental Farm Plan Summit

June 30, 2017

The National Environmental Farm Plan (NEFP) steering committee invites Agri-food stakeholders from across the value chain to attend the second annual NEFP Summit in Ottawa this November.

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BC Agriculture Council Announces 2017 Board of Directors

June 28, 2017

The BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) and BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation (ARDCorp) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board directors and the results from the election of the executive.

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BC Agriculture Council Welcomes Director of Communications and Engagement.

June 9, 2017

The BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) announces the addition of Danielle Synotte as Director of Communications & Engagement. The position will play a key role in leading collaboration among members and will also support the Council’s mandate to deliver proactive communication.

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