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 Agriculture Events 2017


Farm Management Canada Free Webinars


2017 Pacific Agriculture Show

Date: January 26 - January 28, 2017

Place: Abbotsford , BC


Poultry Flock Health Workshop

Date: January 28, 2017          Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Place: Coombs Fairgrounds – 1014 Ford Rd - Coombs

Cost: $5 includes coffee, tea, snacks and lunch

RSVP by January 21 to Suzin at


Young Agrarians Vancouver Island 4th Annual Winter Farmer Mixer

Date: January 28 -29, 2017

Place: Coast Salish Territory - Camp Pringle, 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC

Host: Young Agrarians Vancouver Island

Learn more & register:

Cost: Sliding scale $75-150. Work trades are available


New Farm Start-up Workshop

Date: February 2, 2017

Place: Port Alberni

Host: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. Contact Anna Lewis 250 735 to Register:


Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer

DateEvening - February 2, 2017

Place: Port Alberni

Host: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. Contact Anna Lewis 250 735 to Register:


2017 Islands Agriculture Show

Date: February 3 - 4, 2017

Place: Port Alberni

Host: Islands Agriculture Show Society and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District to Register:


Soils Fertility Workshop

Date: February 11, 2017

Place: Duncan

Host: Cowichan Agriculture Society To register:

For more information contact Bev Suderman:


Cowichan Valley Regional Adaption Strategies Update – Workshop

Date: February 21, 2017        Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Place: Mesachie Meeting Room – Island Saving Centre - 2687 James St – Duncan

RSVP or contact with questions: or call 778-676-7657


Certified Organic Associations of BC - 2017 Annual Conference

Date: February 24 – 26, 2017

Place: Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo



Farmer2Farmer Conference

Date: March 2, 2017

Place: Saanich Fairgrounds, Saanichton



Learn How to Keep Your Sheep and Goats Healthy: Learn more about sheep and goat disease and ways to prevent them. These sessions will focus on basic nutrition, biosecurity, and disease and parasite management related to small flock sheep and goat production.

Date: Saturday March 4th, 2017       Time: 9:30 am — 4:30 pm

Place: The Eagles Hall, 921 First Ave, Ladysmith, BC

Cost: $10 to hold your seat

RSVP by calling: Penny Stapleton 250-713-1984 cell Leave name and number if no answer. Additional info can also can also be requested via email to

You can also contact Lori Vickers, Regional Agrologist with the BC Ministry of or 250-784-2559





BC FoodWorks Program will accelerate the success of agrifood processing companies based in British Columbia. The Program will support individual small- and medium-sized enterprises in the food, functional food, and natural health product sector by providing business training, customized workshops, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, ongoing business support, networking and marketing opportunities to address challenges related to business planning, human resources, export development, investment attraction, operations, regulatory processes and/or sales and marketing. If you are aware of any companies that might be interested in participating in the program, feel free to direct them to the BC FoodWorks webpage:



Traceability Speaker Funding is available again for 2016/17!

The TSF provides funding to agri-food or seafood industry organizations to bring speakers to industry events to speak on traceability systems, technologies, practices or infrastructure. The funding supports up to 100% of costs associated with traceability speaker expenses, to a maximum of $3,500 per event, or $10,000 per sector. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program ends on March 31, 2017. For a copy of the application form download at



Investment Agriculture Foundation - General IAF Application Deadline Feb 10, 2017


Government of Canada Funding: Canadian Summer Jobs - Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Your application must be submitted by 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time), on January 20, 2017.


The Pacific Field Corn Association's Silage Corn Hybrid Yield Trials are now complete for 2016. Abbotsford site is seeded early and had 47 entries; Agassiz site is seeded late and had 25 entries; the Interior site had 21 entries. All data tables report the 2016 results and the Long-term average results.

Link to data: 2016 Data tables