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!

Branding, Packaging and Labelling

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Presenter: Andrea Gray-Grant is the founder of Good to Grow Natural Products Coaching (Good to Grow)

Biography: Andrea is a 25-year veteran of the natural and organic food industry. She has represented iconic natural food brands (Yves Veggie Cuisine, Nature’s Path, Rice Dream and Happy Planet Foods), launched her own brand (Tarragon Foods) and manufacturing plant and has taught, coached and mentored hundreds of BC local food and beverage processors. 

Description: Having an effective, eye-catching package on shelf is important but ensuring your product is compliant is essential. Learn how to make sure you focus on both as you navigate label design and regulations. 

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Andrea Gray-Grant


Webinars on Demand

Farm Food Safety: How to Travel the Road to Certification

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Presenter: Elsie Friesen is the BC Ministry of Agriculture Food Safety Specialist

Biography: Elsie provides technical food safety expertise, develops food safety and good agricultural practices training resources, manages projects, facilitates food safety workshops and responds to food safety issues. She has a Master’s degree in education from Simon Fraser University, a diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and a Diploma in Food Technology Administration - Food and Nutrition Management, Food Science and Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science Technology (SIAST).

Description: This webinar on Farm Food Safety explains GAP Certification to make producers aware of the CanadaGAP program and what certification entails.

Video not available at this time. 

Farm Food Safety: How to Travel the Road to Certification

Market Research to be Market Ready

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Presenter: Andrea Gray-Grant is the founder of Good to Grow Natural Products Coaching (Good to Grow).

Biography: Andrea is a 25-year veteran of the natural and organic food industry. She has represented iconic natural food brands (Yves Veggie Cuisine, Nature’s Path, Rice Dream and Happy Planet Foods), launched her own brand (Tarragon Foods) and manufacturing plant and has taught, coached and mentored hundreds of BC local food and beverage processors. 

Description: Entry into the retail market channel requires planning, positioning and foresight. Learn how to research your category and product to position your brand for success in the retail market.

Video not available at this time. 

Andrea Gray-Grant

Hemp Production, Challenges and Opportunities

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Presenter: Dane Froese

Biography:

Dane is an experienced agronomist who, besides his current position with the Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture, has worked as an agronomist for Paterson Global Foods and Richardson International.  He completed his B.Sc. Agriculture in Plant Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Description: The Manitoba industrial hemp industry has developed over the last two decades and now has 15,000 acres of annual production. Dane's presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities for accessing the hemp market.

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Organic Certification Regulation in B.C.

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Presenter:

Karina Sakalauskas, acting Organics Specialist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture

Emma Holmes, Organics Industry Specialist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture

Biography:

Karina has been with the BC Ministry of Agriculture since 2017 when she undertook the role of Acting Berry Specialist.  She is from Argentina and attended the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata where she completed her MSc in Agronomic Engineering.

Emma started with the Ministry of Agriculture in 2017 as the New Entrant Agrologist.  She has an MSc in Soil Science from The University of British Columbia. 

Description: This presentation will provide an update on the recent Organic Certification Regulation and what it means for producers, processors, and retailers in B.C.

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Adaption Pathways: How to Plan When the Climate...Keeps Changing?

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Presenter: Liese Coulter

Biography:

Dr Liese Coulter received her PhD from Griffith University in Australia where her research focused on how climate knowledge is used to envision, communicate, and manage climate change adaptation. She brings experience in the adaptation pathways approach and is excited about engaging decision-makers in future thinking.

Description: This presentation explains the adaptation pathways approach and introduces both a user guide and a well-referenced technical framework. The three main benefits of adaptation pathway are to: better apply climate knowledge so agriculture becomes less vulnerable; structure long-range planning to include agriculture in community adaptation, and identify climate, social and economic triggers for transformation.

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ALC Oil and Gas Delegation Agreement

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Presenter: Martin Collins, Director of Policy and Planning, ALC

Biogrpahy:  Martin has been with the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) since he was a summer student in 1990.  Currently, he is the Director of Policy and Planning, ALC and has been the staff member responsible for the the Peace River Regional District ALR for more than 20 years. 

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the ALC’s 44 year interaction with the Oil and Gas industry in the Peace River Regional District, including a review of the ALC’s philosophy towards Oil and Gas development, an overview of its pro-active administrative actions, the changing nature of the Oil and Gas industry, and the evolving Delegation Agreement between the ALC and the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC).

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The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Agriculture

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Presenter: Tristan Skolrud is an Assistant Professor in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan.

Description: The impact on farming in an environment of increased interest rates.

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Business Development Consultant Training

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Presenters:
Erica Nitchie – BC Ministry of Agriculture Indigenous Agrologist

Trish Laugharne - BC Ministry of Agriculture Agrifood Business Management Specialist

Kate Turner – BC Ministry of Agriculture Indigenous Project and Communications Agrologist

Description: Informational videos for qualified business consultants.

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Bacteriophages and their Applications in Foods

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Time: 2 pm P.S.T

Presenter: Dr. Siyun Wang, Principal Investigator of the Wang Lab of Molecular Food Safety

Biography: Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor of Food Safety Engineering at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, where she conducts research on microbial safety in the Ulrich Freybe Food Safety Laboratory. She received her B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Fudan University (2005) and Ph.D. degree in Biology from the Institute for Food Safety and Health at Illinois Tech (2010). Prior to joining UBC in 2013, she was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University.

Description: What bacteriophages (phages) are, why there is growing interest in using phages in foods, what phage preparations are currently available for agriculture and food products and future applications of phages to food products.

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Emerging Sectors in BC Aquaculture Aquaponics

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Presenter: Myron Roth is the BC Ministry of Agriculture Team Lead, Aquaculture and Marine Fisheries

Biography: Myron is a Biologist with 30 years of experience in aquaculture, biotechnology, and veterinary vaccine and drug research and development, quality systems, regulatory affairs, and business development.  He holds PhDs in Fish Pathology, from the University of Sterling (Scotland) and Zoology, from the University of British Columbia.

Description: An overview of aquaponics and its potential in BC.

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Hazelnut Market Outlook

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Presenter: Douglas Hart is the president of Hart & Associates Management Consultants Ltd., a senior management advisory firm focused on the food processing and agricultural sectors.

Biography: Douglas has been the President at Hart & Associates Management Consultants Ltd. for over 31 years.  He has a BA in economics from Western University, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Description: Douglas will provide a market assessment for hazelnuts, including, opportunities and potential prices for hazelnut growers.

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Seven Characteristics of Top Producers

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Presenter: Heather Watson is the Executive Director of Farm Management Canada (FMC)

Biography: Heather obtained her Bachelor’s from the University of Guelph, and went on to obtain her Master’s degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Heather grew up in Strathroy, Ontario and now lives in Ottawa.

Description: Seven management practices driving farm success, the financial gain farmers can expect from adopting these practices and how to make farm business management a reality on your farm.

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Retail Trends and Their Impact on Producers & Processors: Webinar 2

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Presenters:

  • Peter Chapman is a Retail Marketer, Author, Speaker & Consultant with SKUFood
  • Gary Morton is a Consultant, Coach, Trainer, Author & Speaker with SKUFood

Biographies:

Peter Chapman is a food marketing specialist with a commerce degree from Mount Allison University.  With over 19 years as Senior Director of Merchandising at Loblaw Companies, 11 years as the president of GPS Consulting and three years as a partner in SKU Food, Peter has considerable experience in developing relationships with suppliers throughout the supply chain, to retail merchandising.

Gary Morton is a professional agrologist with a BSc Agr. University of Guelph.  He is also certified as a Family Business Succession Planning Advisor, Silver Toastmaster, and Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). He is co-author of the best-selling Farm Management Canada books, “Building Added Value through Farm Diversification” and “Business Planning, Understanding, Preparing and Using.”

Description: Food trends come from everywhere. To understand what is right for you and your business-define the consumer buying your products; then figure out which trends apply. You cannot be everything to everybody. Topics include:

  • How / what people eat
  • Agri-food depends on innovation & technology
  • Food safety can be a competitive advantage

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Retail Trends and Their Impact on Producers & Processors: Webinar 1

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Presenters:

  • Peter Chapman is a Retail Marketer, Author, Speaker & Consultant with SKUFood
  • Gary Morton is a Consultant, Coach, Trainer, Author & Speaker with SKUFood

Biographies:

Peter Chapman is a food marketing specialist with a commerce degree from Mount Allison University.  With over 19 years as Senior Director of Merchandising at Loblaw Companies, 11 years as the president of GPS Consulting and three years as a partner in SKU Food, Peter has considerable experience in developing relationships with suppliers throughout the supply chain, to retail merchandising.

Gary Morton is a professional agrologist with a BSc Agr. University of Guelph.  He is also certified as a Family Business Succession Planning Advisor, Silver Toastmaster, and Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). He is co-author of the best-selling Farm Management Canada books, “Building Added Value through Farm Diversification” and “Business Planning, Understanding, Preparing and Using.”

Description: Food trends come from everywhere. To understand what is right for you and your business-define the consumer buying your products; then figure out which trends apply. You cannot be everything to everybody. Topics include:

  • Whole Foods 2019 trends
  • Acosta 2019 food trends        
  • Marketing Magazine 2019 trends

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Introduction to Agricultural Soils

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Presenter: Josh Andrews is a BC Ministry of Agriculture Nutrient Management Agrologist

Biography: Josh came to the Ministry from The University of Georgia Extension Service and has experience working on agricultural and natural resources extension and outreach programming. Josh has a BSc in Agriculture and an MSc in Crop and Soil Sciences from The University of Georgia. 

In his spare time, Josh can be found hiking, bicycling, and playing disc golf.

Description: Knowing the chemical, physical, and biological components of a soil and how they interact with one another is key to creating a healthy soil environment for productive crop growth. The webinar will feature management practices for agricultural soils, including interpreting a soil test.

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

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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.

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What to do When Your Birds are Sick

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Tony Redford, Veterinary Avian Pathologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.

Biography: 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.

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Premises ID Online Registration Wizard Demonstration

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Presenter: Anders Hopperstead, Premises ID GIS Analyst, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Abbotsford, B.C.

Biography: Anders has over 20 years of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and development. He has managed of the BC Premises ID program database since 2013.

Description: Screen-by-screen demonstration of the B.C. Premises ID online registration wizard

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Premises ID Online Registration Wizard Demonstration


Field to Packer: Post Harvest Methods for Fruit Quality

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Presentation Materials


Who Gets the Farm and When

Recorded: March 2011

Presenter: Elaine Froese, Farm Family Coach, Boissevain, Manitoba

Biography: Elaine Froese is a professional speaker, writer, and coach who specializes in helping farm families work through issues surrounding succession, business or that family favorite – communication.

Overview:  When it comes to succession issues and "who gets the farm" – many families just don’t want to talk about it. It is time for practical tools for courageous conversations.

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