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- August 14, 15, 2013 Succession Planning Workshops 9:00 am to 3:30 Aug. 14 - Penticton Chamber of Commerce Boardroom Aug. 15 - Osoyoos Sonora Community Centre. $20 per person up to $100 per family (max 10). Contact Elaine at BCFGA for details Ph: 1-800-619-9022, ext 21 or email at email@example.com
MRL Tables for 2013 have been updated to June 21. Please review below.
SWD Captures are HIGH for this time of year! Weekly reports are uploaded to show activity in your area. Click here to view the current monitoring report and Click here for June2013 Emergency Use registrations for control. Related resources for SWD monitoring and control are found below.
The summer BCCA Newsletter is available on this site. Click here for the Newsletter.
CFIA and Chinese AQSIQ have agreed terms for a Pilot year for Canada to export cherries to China. This is a tremendous achievement and we are very appreciative of the work done by CFIA and the Canadian Consulate and Chinese counterparts in coming to a workable agreement. The Chinese market is a very important opportunity to our industry and this agreement should pave the way for increased exports over future years, providing the results of this year are satisfactory. The pilot year program requires orchards to be registered and meet terms of the agreement. Chinese inspectors are expected to be in Canada for four weeks to check and approve orchards and shipments for this year. CFIA are working with registered growers on compliance details and protocols to be followed. Industry and CFIA are working to maximize the potential of this opportunity, and ensure the Pilot year is a success.
A video demonstrating China Program Fruit Sampling techniques to be followed is available in a video. Click here.
The Cherry Picker Training Guide is now available also in Spanish for you to download. This is a four page pamphlet you can view online or print out (double sided) to make your own pamphlets for cherry picking. This is part of an ongoing project to delelop a manual for good cherry harvest and packing practices. Remember, bruised cherries are culls (if you can see and sort them), but potentially claims if you don't. Take the time to train and supervise the picking of your precious fruit!
We have a new name! The OKCGA is now officially the BC Cherry Association. This website will be converting to a new website - with our new name - soon.
2013 Maximum Residue Level (MRL) information for all current export countries is now available. Please consider your marketing plans with your marketer and plan your spray program carefully. Also read and heed the article about testing in the EU from the last newsletter. Thanks to Hugh Philip for updating this again, and to the BCFGA who arranged funding for it this year.
The BC Cherry Association is addressing upcoming needs such as hosting an official Chinese inpsection visit this summer, and ongoing research planned for problems including "Slip-skin" and SWD. Some growers have not renewed their membership or contributed any levy money yet this year while we were expecting we would be shifting to a mandatory levy under a Council. But we still have the work to do, and need your financial support more than ever before. Please renew now, and contribute whatever you can manage! We are applying for matching funds to get work done, so the more we have, the more we can apply for!
We have an active and enthusiastic new board elected from the AGM on March 7th. New members include Joe Hart, Gordon Sandhu, Ravi Dhaliwal, Manjinder Khela, Bill Sandhers, Don Westcott, Andre Bailey, and David Geen. Continuing directors are Christine Dendy (Chair), Sukhpaul Bal (Vice Chair), Dr. David Geen (Treasurer), Graem Nelson (Secretary), Greg Norton, and Chris Danninger (Research Director). Dr. Peter Toivonen has kindly consented to continue in his ex-officio role. The board has worked very hard on everyone's behalf over the last year and their work is greatly appreciated. Our special thanks to David Stirling, Glen Wood, Hank Markgraf, Charlotte Leaming, Duane Holder, Sukhdeep Brar, Roger Bailey, Rick Faynor and Gary Snow for their huge contribution as Directors over the past years. Many of these have kindly offered to continue their work as committee members. Thank you!
Our hopes of organizing a BC Cherry Council may have been dashed, but the work planned for it still needs to be done. The BC Cherry Association is looking at options for restructuring to enable this to happen.
The intent as we restructure is to delegate the work load to specific committees with members with the expertise and specific interest to do the work. Please let us know if you have a particular interest in helping on a committee, or in any other aspect such as website maintenance, administrative help, promotion, workshops and education.
2012 Research reports are now available in the Members Area.
The latest newsletter is now available on this website.
2013 Membership Renewals and 2012 Research Levies are now due. Please send in your renewal and payment to Connie Bielert. Please print out the current membership form and mail it in to us. And remember, the rebate of up to 40% of it through SR&D Tax Credits means a penny a pound for research really only cost you 0.6 of a penny! To meet and beat the growing competition in our cherry industry, research is as important as ever! Please support this essential part of our industry. Cherries are our business!
A website for the Western Agriculture Labour Initiative (WALI) is now available
for SAWP application details and other related information. Please note that WALI is no longer processing applications for SAWP.
Revisions to the BC Water Act are in development and we have been very active in representing BC agriculture interests in general and southern interior watershed and irrigation issues in particular. Follow the issues and participate
Click here for Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management Recommendations for Commercial Tree Fruit and Grapes in the Interior of British Columbia from Dr. Acheampong.
Please click on the attached publication "Surveillance and Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) in the Interior of British Columbia" for more information. For links to current updates and further information please go to
BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands: http://www.al.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/swd.htm and Oregon State University: http://swd.hort.oregonstate.edu/
SWD posters to raise awareness and help control SWD spread are available for your farm, employee accommodation, fruit stands, neighbours, and local produce stores. They can be downloaded here to print. Poster 1 Poster 2
For a full and very interesting report, click on the 2009 International Cherry Symposium and Chilean tour report which is now uploaded on this site. Thanks to Nicole Verpaelst for the great work in putting this together and including a lot of interesting observations and photos!
The presentations from the OKCGA February 9th annual research meeting are now available in pdf format: 2010 AGM Presentations
BE PATIENT WHEN OPENING, SOME OF THESE FILES ARE BIG AND TAKE TIME TO LOAD.
- A first step in this was to strike a Research Committee to ensure the ongoing research program continues to get the attention it deserves. Appointed to this committee are Chris Danninger (Director) and Ravi Dhaliwal, Duan Holder, Dr D. Geen, Dr. David Lane, Glen Wood, Hank Markgraf, Charlotte Leaming, Sukhdeep Brar, and Dr Peter Toivonen.
- Another committee is the Market Access Group which has been working hard since late December. It is chaired by David Geen and includes Andre Bailey, Bill Sandhers, Don Westcott, Clive Sutherland and Christine Dendy.