AgriService BC Webinars

AgriService BC webinars help you keep up to date on current issues, overcome challenges, and achieve your business and production goals. Connect and get answers directly from topic experts as well as other audience members on topics ranging from farming practices to agribusiness, succession planning, risk management and marketing.

Attend from your desk or mobile device. If you are unable to attend a live session, access video recordings of past webinars from the list of Webinars on Demand.

Upcoming Live Webinars

AgriService BC webinars are broadcast live on Wednesdays at 2 PM Pacific Standard Time (P.S.T.). Register for upcoming webinars today and mark your calendar. The line-up of new webinars is updated regularly, so check back often to see what's new!

What to do When Your Birds are Sick

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time: 2 PM P.S.T.

Presenters: Dr. Victoria Bowes, Veterinary Avian Pathologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr. Tony Redford, Veterinary Avian Pathologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.

Biographies: Dr. Victoria Bowes has spent the last 30 years employed at the Provincial Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Abbotsford, B.C. as a specialist pathologist with expertise in Avian Pathology. The diagnostic caseload involves disease investigations in all species of birds (wild, pet, zoological and poultry).

Dr. Tony Redford is originally from Kamloops and completed the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Tony’s job is primarily focused on poultry, but he also has a heavy caseload of a variety of wild bird species and has participated in a number of wildlife projects. When not covered in feathers in the post-mortem room, ​Tony can be found hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing in BC and Washington with his wife Melissa.​

Description: An overview of recommended procedures for small flock poultry owners in the face of a disease event, including recognizing disease, self-quarantine and lab submission.


Victoria Bowes

Tony Redford

The Cherry Industry: A Made in B.C. Success Story

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Time: 2 PM P.S.T.

Presenters: Carl Withler, Industry Specialist for Treefruits and Grapes, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture

Biography: Carl has worked for the B.C. government since 1984 and has been the Ministry of Agriculture’s treefruit and grape specialist since 2015. He and his wife’s family have owned an orchard in Osoyoos for 25 years.  Carl and Isabel live in South East Kelowna, where they grow peaches in the backyard, raise rabbits, buy pears from a friend and buy locally raised beef and lamb.

Withler is also an accident prone snowboarder, mountain biker and coach for his teenage sons’ soccer teams.

Description: A snapshot of the success story that is B.C.'s cherry industry.


Carl Withier

Webinars on Demand

Field to Packer: Post Harvest Methods for Fruit Quality

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 2 PM P.S.T.

Presenter: Peter Toivonen, Ph.D. Research Scientist, Postharvest Physiology, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, B.C.

Biography: Peter is an expert in the post-harvest physiology of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, has a lengthy list of publications and has a strong international profile in the field of postharvest research and science of fruits and vegetables.

Description: Production, harvest and handling practices to optimize fruit quality.


Batty About Bats: Why Bat Health is Important for B.C. Agriculture

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Presenter: Dr. Glenna McGregor, Veterinary Pathologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture

Biography: Glenna joined the Animal Health Center with the Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia as a diagnostic pathologist in October, 2015.  She enjoys working with all species of Canadian wildlife, with an especial fondness for bats. 

Description: Overview of bats in B.C. agriculture.


From NAFTA to USMCA: What Does it Mean for Agriculture?

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Presenter: Danny Le Roy, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Lethbridge

Biography:  Danny teaches courses in agricultural systems modeling, commodity marketing, agricultural policy and micro-economics. He has been involved in numerous studies involving systems modelling of farms in Canada and assessments of agricultural policy and trade alternatives. In 2004 and in 2008, he received the Agricultural Students Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

Description: Overview of the USMCA trade deal and its impact on the B.C. agriculture industry.


Farm Diversification Through Agri-Tourism

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Presenter: Nicole Vaugeois, Associate Vice President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Biography: Nicole is currently a Director on the Board of Destination BC, the Travel and Tourism Research Association (Canadian Chapter), and Innovation Island. She has held past Board positions on the BC Rural Network, Tourism Vancouver Island, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and the Tourism Leadership Committee for the City of Nanaimo.

Description: A discussion of farm diversification through Agri-Tourism.


Grow Feed Buy

  • Recorded: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Presenter: James Street, Manager, Food Processing, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
  • Biography: James provides strategic and technical advice based on a thorough analysis of the food processing sector and its current and emerging issues. Passionate about the BC food sectors, James has specialties in: seafood, locally sourced products, kitchen efficiency, staff retention, local food systems, waste management, meat cutting, product/menu development and cost control methods.
  • Description: Ministry programs to help food processors improve business skills, find efficiencies and increase revenues. Topics include the Grow BC, Feed BC, Buy BC strategy, the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), an overview of ministry programs/initiatives, and LEAN success stories for food processors.


So You're Thinking of Getting Sheep or Goats...

  • Recorded: October 10, 2018
  • Presenter: Dr. Glenna McGregor, Diagnostic Pathologist, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
  • Biography: Glenna joined the Animal Health Center with the Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia as a diagnostic pathologist in October, 2015.  She enjoys working with all species of Canadian wildlife, with an especial fondness for bats. 
  • Description: Sheep and goat health for small scale operations.


Introduction and Overview of Cooperatives in Agriculture

  • Recorded: September 26, 2018
  • Presenters: Brett Fairbairn, Incoming President of Thompson River University
  • Biography: Brett's research and teaching are concerned with the history and interdisciplinary study of democracy, social movements, and co‑operative enterprises in Canada and around the world.
  • Description: An introduction to the formation of various types of agriculture cooperatives, including the history of cooperatives in North America, cooperative principles, different types of cooperatives, governance and strategy, and how to form an agriculture cooperative.


Maintaining the Safety of Fresh Produce by Monitoring the Quality of Irrigation Water

  • Recorded: April 18, 2018
  • Presenters: 
    • Justin Falardeau, PhD Researcher, UBC Land and Food Systems
    • Dr. Siyun Wang, Research Supervisor, UBC Land and Food Systems
    • Elsie Friesen, Food Safety and Education Specialist, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Description: An introduction to best practices and sampling techniques to maintain the safety of fresh produce and monitor the microbial quality of agriculture surface water.


Maintaining the Safety or Fresh Produce by Monitoring the Quality of Irrigation Water

Land Based Aquaculture Opportunities for New Entrants

  • Recorded: March 21, 2018
  • Presenter: Myron Roth, Ph.D., P.Ag., Industry Specialist – Aquaculture & Seafood, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture
  • Overview: This webinar provides an overview of design, permitting and financial considerations for small scale land-based fish farms


New and Emerging Pests - Army Worm & Western Corn Rootworm

  • Recorded: February 21, 2018
  • Presenter: Tracy Hueppelsheuser, Entomologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture
  • Overview: Learn about two new pests to B.C. and what can be done to monitor and control them.


Webinar, Emerging Pests, Army Worm and Western Corn Rootworm. Recording, February 21, 2018

Groundwater Licensing - What You Need to Know

  • Recorded: January 17, 2018
  • Presenters:
    • Emily Elsiger, Groundwater Protection officer, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD)
    • Andrei Dmitriev, Natural Resource Specialist, FrontCounter BC, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD).
  • Biographies:
    • Emily’s primary responsibility is to carry out statutory responsibilities to promote and verify compliance with the Water Sustainability Act and Groundwater Protection Regulation, and to provide technical expertise on groundwater protection and management issues within the South Coast Region.
    • Andrei focuses on land and water authorizations by assisting clients & stakeholders with licences, permits, registrations and other authorizations to utilize the Province's natural resources.
  • Overview: Join FrontCounter BC to learn about Water Sustainability Act, how to apply for your agricultural groundwater licence, and important deadlines.


Webinar, Groundwater Licensing,  What you Need to Know. Recorded January 17, 2018

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