Past Events

January 8-9, 2018: Agriculture use of Herbicide – Best Management Practices

Ken Sapsford, Pesticide Specialist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture will be presenting on “Agriculture use of Herbicide – Best Management Practices” early in the New Year. Two evening presentations will be held; stay tuned for venue details finalised start times.
Evening of Monday January 8th in Vanderhoof, estimated start time 7pm
Evening of Tuesday January 9th in Prince George, estimated start time 7pm

Please see below for a brief biography from Ken:
Ken Sapsford P. Ag.
Received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979. He has spent most of his career in Saskatchewan in the areas of soil conservation, zero-till systems and managing a field research program for Weed Control at the University of Saskatchewan. All of this time Ken has been farming with his brother, co-managing a 3000 acre grain farm. In 2012 they sold the farm and Ken and his wife, Joy, purchased a small vineyard south of Penticton, BC. In 2015 Ken left his position at the University of Saskatchewan and began working as the Pesticide Specialist with the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture in the spring of 2016.
In 2008 Ken was the recipient of the “Distinguished Agrologist” Award from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologist and in 2014 was awarded the “Excellence in Weed Extension” Award from the Canadian Weed Science Society.


Please take note of the following provided by staff at FLNRO. There are two regulation amendments that were just approved by Government:

  1. The exemption period for application fees for existing non-domestic groundwater users has been extended from March 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The extension responds to the challenges that some existing groundwater users have experienced with the online application system, and the ongoing task of communicating the new licensing requirement to users across the province.
  2. The exemption from the need for obtain a water authorization for mineral exploration activities and small scale placer operators with a Mines Act permit has also been extended from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2017. The additional one year exemption will provide more time to work with the industry on a longer-term regulation while providing certainty for the upcoming 2017 season. “

For more information related to water licensing and well registration click on the following links:

Update from CFIA

Enquiries have been received related to the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) investigation in Alberta and Saskatchewan, for those that are seeking information CFIA has provided update information at: and general information regarding Bovine TB at: and

Update on Farm Business Advisory Services (FBAS) Program

The deadline for FBAS applications for the 2016-17 fiscal year will be on December 15, 2016. If you are working on an application please keep this mind.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list please contact me:
Lavona Liggins │ Regional Agrologist Hwy 16 East BC Ministry of Agriculture
p: 250-614-7438 │cell: 250-565-5280 1-888-221-7141

Alfalfa Crop Loss

"A wet fall and a lack of snow cover has resulted in winterkill of more than 20,000 acres of alfalfa in the Nechako Valley." Tamara Leigh of 'Country Life in BC' wrote a great article about the winter loss of alfalfa crops in the Nechako Valley. Click here to read the article.

March 25, 2017: Northern Alliance Bull Sale

Northern Alliance Bull Sale, March 25th - 2017 - 1PM in Vanderhoof BC
at the BC Livestock Co-op Yards. Join us at 11:30 AM for lunch.

Click here to go to the Northern Alliance website.

Keeping your Flocks (Sheep and Goats) Healthy Workshop

This event will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 (8:30 – 4:30) at the Sandman Hotel in Quesnel. Please see the attached poster for registration details.

Exporter Sessions

Upcoming information sessions for those agrifood business looking to export to China (February 22 event) or the US Pacific Northwest (March 6-7 event). Interested parties should view the attached posters for more detail.

January 20, 2017: BCCA Water Licensing Seminar

BCCA is hosting a Water Licensing Seminar for people who haven't already or are confused on how to complete their water licensing, or have troubles on the computer. Here is a great opportunity to get it done.

On January 20, 2017 there will be 2 classes 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. There will be no cost and this is open to all members of the Ccattlemen's Association and to anyone not a member but is looking to license. The seminar will be held at the College of New Caladonia in Vanderhoof. Due to limited spacing registration is a must. To register contact Lyla Brophy 250-567-0403 or Liz Legebokoff 250-567-4787.


February 9, 2017: Double Header FCC Event

Plan Ahead for the Farm Credit Canada Event - “Double Header: Trends and Trade Opportunities in Beef Markets PLUS Economic Advantages of Cow-Calf Nutrition” with speakers Anne Wasko and Jeremy Plesman.

Thursday February 9, 2017 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Vanderhoof Elks Lodge.

For more information and to register click here.


  1. This is a FCC event and BC Ministry of Agriculture cannot register anyone so be sure to visit the link above and use FCC’s online registration.
  2. If you can’t make the event in Vanderhoof, please be aware that the event is also being offered in Williams Lake on February 8, 2017

March 4, 2017: NVRCA AGM

The NVRCA AGM will be held at Elks Hall in Vanderhoof. More information about our AGM to come in the new year.

View the Agenda.