The BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) represents over 14,000 BC farmers and ranchers and close to thirty farm sector associations from all regions of the province.
Our mission is to continually improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of BC Agriculture.Our mandates:
- Advocacy - Support and lead BC farmers and ranchers on key issues for agriculture in BC.
- Proactive Communication – Distribute relevant information to increase industry awareness.
- Deliver Resources – Provide programs, funding, and expertise to enhance the competitiveness, innovation, and viability of BC agriculture
- The long-term economic success of BC farmers and ranchers.
- Successful farms existing in harmony with the environment.
- BC farms that are a part of and support healthy, vibrant local communities
The British Columbia Agriculture Council (BCAC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides leadership in the advocacy and proactive communication of the collective interests of all agricultural producers in British Columbia, and facilitates the delivery of programs and services that benefit BC agriculture.
The BC Agriculture Council emerged in 1997 as a centralized, pan-agriculture farm organization after the disbanding of the BC Federation of Agriculture. The establishment of BCAC was funded by the Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) through the Central Farm Working Group. The IAF was mandated by the federal government to administer BC’s portion of the federally-established Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development Fund (CARD), a fund created in 1995 to foster growth, employment and competitiveness in the agriculture and agri-food industry.
The BCAC owns the BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation (ARDCorp), a wholly-owned subsidiary organization which delivers and administers several third-party, government-funded programs on behalf of the BCAC. This organizational separation assures BCAC’s ability to operate transparently.
The BCAC is supported by its Member Associations, which are BC producer and grower associations, each of which maintains its own membership of individual producers.