Temporary Foreign Workers Programs Update
Temporary Foreign Workers Programs Update
January 12, 2016

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Job Posting: Manager - BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
Job Posting: Manager - BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
February 09, 2016

The BC Cranberry Marketing Commission will be engaging a General Manager to administer the organization. The Commission provides for the promotion, control and regulation of any and all aspects of the transportation, processing, packing, storage and marketing of cranberries grown in British Columbia.

The Cranberry Commission focuses on services to growers and on industry regulation. The services to growers include promotion, research and education.

The BC Cranberry Marketing Commission will be engaging a General Manager to administer the organization. The Commission provides for the promotion, control and regulation of any and all aspects of the transportation, processing, packing, storage and marketing of cranberries grown in British Columbia.

The Cranberry Commission focuses on services to growers and on industry regulation. The services to growers include promotion, research and education.

The post is a one person home office that handles all of the administration of the Commission. Administrative duties include maintaining grower records, licensing growers, producer vendors and agencies, helping growers identify research needs and working with industry researchers to address those issues, organizing Board meetings, and managing contractors who provide services to the Commission.   A successful Commission Manager will work well with growers, be a self starter and will see to the detail work involved with organizing and presenting successful grower programs.

The Commission administers and funds the BC Cranberry Research Society, who operate the 20 acre Cranberry research facility in Delta.  The Commission Manager doubles as the “corporate secretary” of the Society.

If you or anyone you know might fit this position, please contact Jack Wessel at jackwessel@me.com or (778) 676-1046.

Job Posting: Executive Director - Agricultural Alliance of N.B.
Job Posting: Executive Director - Agricultural Alliance of N.B.
February 09, 2016

Find a copy of the job posting for an Executive Director position within the Agricultural Alliance of N.B. here. This posting is available for competition until February 29th, 2016.  Please circulate to any individuals who you feel may be interested and qualified for this position.

Find a copy of the job posting for an Executive Director position within the Agricultural Alliance of N.B. here. This posting is available for competition until February 29th, 2016.  Please circulate to any individuals who you feel may be interested and qualified for this position.

Genesis Reaches Important Milestone
Genesis Reaches Important Milestone
January 11, 2016

GENESIS GRAIN & FERTILIZER LIMITED PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES REACHING MINIMUM OFFERING

Investment by producers marks significant progression towards empowering today’s farmers and future generations.

GENESIS GRAIN & FERTILIZER LIMITED PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES REACHING MINIMUM OFFERING

Investment by producers marks significant progression towards empowering today’s farmers and future generations.

Genesis Grain & Fertilizer LP (Genesis), a strategic partnership formed to create a farmer owned fertilizer distribution business with potential future grain handling capabilities, announces today the reaching of their initial minimum offering. James Mann, CEO of Farmers of North America (FNA), the co-promoter of the offering, stated “This is the game changer farmers have been working towards for years”.

FNA along with AgraCity Crop & Nutrition, Ltd. (AgraCity) created the Genesis offering with the intent of building a highly efficient fertilizer distribution company that is majority owned and controlled by farmers to ensure that farmer investors are able to share in the market profits of their most expensive crop input. Terry Drabiuk, Genesis project manager says “achieving our minimum target is not only a major milestone in the vision and future of Genesis, it’s historic. Now we can initiate the construction process on our first supercenter at Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan”.  

The first Genesis Supercenter will be a state of the art 50,000 tonne facility located on the future site of proposed ProjectN, a farmer owned nitrogen fertilizer plant that is in the early development stage. According to Drabiuk, this is the first Supercenter, more will follow. “It’s great to see the large number and diversity of farmers with the confidence and excitement for investing in the Genesis offering. This level of energy and investment provides affirmation that farmers are prepared to take control of their future fertilizer needs” Drabiuk noted.

The minimum offering was reached at $15,300,000 which will form the basis of the capital needed to construct the Belle Plaine facility. Additional capital will be raised through debt instruments to complete the financing required to begin construction. The Genesis board expects financing for the Belle Plaine Supercenter to be completed within 90 days of the closing of the minimum offering.
Of note, farmers not yet invested in Genesis or those wanting to increase their initial investments will have the opportunity under a revised term sheet open to qualified investors beginning January 12th. Ongoing investments will focus on subsequent Supercenter locations.
Genesis will provide a full range of fertilizer services to its farmer owned customer base, as well as non-investor farms, including nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, potash, micro-nutrients and various liquid blends. It is estimated that once Genesis completes all seven Supercenters or acquisitions the company will service approximately 20% of cultivated acres across western Canada.

At the same time, longer term plans are to utilize the Genesis distribution business for ProjectN production, www.ProjectN.com, with Genesis acting as the main distributor for the nitrogen plant. Jason Mann, CEO of AgraCity has noted that “we’ve already begun the process of lining up supply partners for Genesis. We are working hard to ensure our farmer investors have access to a full range of fertilizer products”.

The Genesis business model has been sought by progressive farmers for a number of years. Allen Lind, an Admiral, Saskatchewan area farmer and long-time FNA member summed it up with “this is the best thing to happen for Prairie agriculture in years. It’s about time that we farmers are able to capture the margins in fertilizer, our biggest expense, in a meaningful way. My investment in Genesis is going to be a great hedge on fluctuating fertilizer prices”.

For additional information please contact:

Mr. Terry Drabiuk, Genesis Project Manager,  780-708-0510  tdrabiuk@agracity.com
Mr. Bob Friesen, Genesis Project Communications,    613-230-2222   bfriesen@fna.ca
320-22nd Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0H1

An invitation to young farmers for 2016
An invitation to young farmers for 2016
January 06, 2016

An invitation to young farmers for 2016

Are you interested in contributing to the BC Young Farmers (BCYF)?

The BCYF Board of Directors is looking for new young farmers to serve on the BCYF Board. Our requirements are: you should be between 19 and 40 and be passionate about agriculture. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow young farmers from the Fraser Valley and across all agricultural sectors. It’s a great opportunity to connect with Canadian Young Farmers Forum and young farmers across Canada.

An invitation to young farmers for 2016

Are you interested in contributing to the BC Young Farmers (BCYF)?

The BCYF Board of Directors is looking for new young farmers to serve on the BCYF Board. Our requirements are: you should be between 19 and 40 and be passionate about agriculture. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow young farmers from the Fraser Valley and across all agricultural sectors. It’s a great opportunity to connect with Canadian Young Farmers Forum and young farmers across Canada.

We have about eight Board meetings or conference calls a year, usually in the evenings. Meetings last between one and a half hours and two hours. Meetings are not generally held in July or August. Meeting focus on planning events for other young farmers.

If you’re interested, please forward your name and contact information to info@bcyf.ca before January 5, 2016. Include a short paragraph on your background and why you’d like to be part of BCYF.

The BCYF is a committee under the BC Agriculture Council. BCYF assists in the transition of young farmers to board rooms and to owning a farm. In social and interactive settings, our members learn leadership skills, explore community development, improve agricultural awareness, explore individual talents and most importantly, meet fellow young farmers. Our members are young farmers or young agricultural supporters between the ages of 19 and 40. Our Board has representatives from across agriculture and is passionate about agriculture and works hard for its continued success.

Extended Deadline for Consultation
Extended Deadline for Consultation
December 01, 2015

Minister's Bylaw Standards on Agri-tourism and Farm Retail Sales

The Ministry of Agriculture (Ministry) posted a discussion paper on the proposed Minister’s Bylaw Standard on Agri-tourism and Retail Sales. I am advising the consultation has been extended to include agri-tourism operators and the consultation has been extended and will now close at midnight PSTJanuary 15, 2016

Minister's Bylaw Standards on Agri-tourism and Farm Retail Sales

The Ministry of Agriculture (Ministry) posted a discussion paper on the proposed Minister’s Bylaw Standard on Agri-tourism and Retail Sales. I am advising the consultation has been extended to include agri-tourism operators and the consultation has been extended and will now close at midnight PSTJanuary 15, 2016

 Here is a discussion paper (white paper) prepared by the Ministry. This paper contains a draft set of criteria for developing local government bylaws regarding agri-tourism, agri-tourism accommodation and farm retail sales in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The criteria describe what is considered a permitted use in the ALR by the Ministry. 

 The discussion paper describes the issue, provides the framework for developing the Minister’s Bylaw Standards, and proposes criteria for developing local government bylaws. We are most interested in input on the criteria (Part 4) but we welcome feedback on all sections of the paper. Please provide us with comments directed specifically at the content of the paper so that your feedback can be effectively incorporated into the final document. We would like to receive all comments by January 15, 2015 (via mail, fax or email). Once stakeholder input has been received and incorporated into the discussion paper, the criteria will be sent to the Ministry executive and Minister for final approval. Once approved, the information will be distributed to local governments and incorporated into the Ministry’s “Guide for Bylaw Development in Farming Areas” (Bylaw Guide). All local governments are encouraged to incorporate these Minister’s bylaw standards into their bylaws. Communities regulated under Section 918 of the LGA are expected to achieve consistency with the Minister’s Bylaw Standards.

 Please note that the discussion paper contains proposed Bylaw Standard criteria (‘model’ bylaw provisions), that, once approved by the Minister, local governments throughout the Province will be encouraged to adopt into their own bylaws. These criteria are not Provincial regulations themselves, but guidelines for local governments to incorporate into their own amendments.

 As noted below, you may send your feedback by email, Canada Post, or fax.

EmailAgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca

 

Mail:

Agri-tourism and Farm Retail Sales in the ALR Consultation
Ministry of Agriculture
PO Box 9120 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC  V8W 9B4

 

Fax250 356-0358

 

Yours truly,

 

Arif Lalani
Assistant Deputy Minister

Business Development Division

Ministry of Agriculture