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Incorporated in 1953

Committee Information

Committee Purposes and local representatives

BCCA ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Addresses issues relating to the environment and the management of water, wildlife and forage resources including associated legislation and regulations. Scope of work 2013-14: Water Act modernization, Water rights and licensing, Water Storage & Dams, Riparian Management & Stewardship (via FRISP Program), Wildlife conflicts, Species at Risk, Agricultural Waste Control Act & Regulations, Environmental Farm Plan, Air Quality regulations, and Invasive Plants

BCCA Environmental Stewardship Ctte. Representative – Judy Madden

BCCA LAND STEWARDSHIP AND ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Works on range tenure related issues; reviews and recommends changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act, the Range Act and the Range Planning and Practices Regulation and related policy; reviews and recommends changes to ‘other’ related legislation and policy (ie Land Act, Trespass Act); mitigating mountain pine beetle impacts; funding applications; monitors the BC Treaty process; provides assistance to members and associations related to local treaty negotiations and issues.

BCCA Land Stewardship Ctte Representatives – Mike McConnell (committee chair)

BCCA LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY PROTECTION COMMITTEE

Deals with issues surrounding the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, Livestock ID, Age Verification, Verified Beef Production, SPCA, Meat Regulations, Emergency Management, and Traceability. Work with the BC Highways Fencing program, and look at issues including National Safety Code, Off-Road Vehicle Licensing, Registration and other transportation issues.

BCCA Livestock Protection Ctte Representative – Aron Collins ( NP Cattlemen’s Assn)

BCCA PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Responsible for promotion of BC Cattlemen's Association and the beef industry in BC. Works on a variety of projects specifically related to consumer education and promotion of beef and communications from and about BC's beef industry. Currently, Behind the Beef consumer education program, Meet a Rancher program, video development for consumer education and trade, market development and supply chain alignment for BC beef

BCCA Public Affairs and Education Ctte. Representative – Art Seidl

BCCA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

Looks for and follows agriculture related research projects. The committee provides the directors and members of the BCCA with the latest information on current research projects, their progress and final outcome. Where possible, the committee remains involved with research completed through external sources such as the Beef Cattle Research Council and the Thompson Rivers University Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability. The committee oversees the management of Memorial/Bostock Grant research applications and selects grant recipients. Most recently, the committee is looking for ways to bring research back to the producer through extension and technology transfer activities

BCCA Research and Development Ctte. Representative – Karen McKean ( NP Cattlemen's Assn.)

FLNRO FORESTS AND RANGE PRACTICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC)

The Minister of Forests has appointed a practices advisory council to periodically review and evaluate requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act for its continued improvement.

Considering a broad range of interests, the Forest and Range Practices Advisory Council will report and provide recommendations to the Minister of Forests on policy matters related to forest and range practices. The minister considers council recommendations and may refer them to cabinet for decision.

FLNRO Practices Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative – Mike McConnell

CATTLE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD

The Cattle Industry Development Council (CIDC) is a group of producer volunteers elected by industry organizations to administer the CIDC check-off, the Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund and the Horn Levy Fund.  Council meets quarterly to review operations and consider funding applications.

Cattle producers in British Columbia have supported the levy (check-off) on cattle for many years.  The current $3.00 per head CIDC levy paid at the time cattle are sold or slaughtered in BC is working for the good of the beef industry. Of the $3.00 levy, $1.00 per head is designated for the National Check-off -- these funds are directed to national promotion, developing international markets, and for research. The other (refundable) $2.00 per head becomes the CIDC fund which is used to promote the cattle industry in BC and to support research or education programs.

HORN LEVY - A $10.00 per head levy is collected when producers sell horned cattle in British Columbia.  The levy is to encourage the de-horning of cattle in order to reduce economic impacts of injuries caused by animals with horns.  Originally the levy was set at $2 per head and remained that way for more than sixty years until votes by provincial cattle organizations recommended that the levy be increased and that it be a levy under the Farming and Fishing Industries Development Act administered by the Cattle Industry Development Council.

On September 1, 2005 the levy was increased to $10 per head following an extensive education and promotion campaign to make producers aware of the increase

Cattle Industry Development Board / Horn Fund– Representative Bill Bentley

TIMBER AND RANGE IMPACT MITIGATION COMMITTEE

Peace Forest District (PFD) approximately 40 percent of the forest tenures contain overlapping licenses to graze under the Range Act Agreement on Crown range. The majority of the overlap occurs on deciduous and mixed wood forest cover types. With the increase in deciduous and mixed wood stand utilization throughout this forest district, the potential for resource conflict increases.  This committee was formed to identify losses sustained by grazing tenure holders and determine what mitigation measures were appropriate where losses were occurring.

TRIMC Representatives– Mike McConnell, Lary Fossum, Mac Leask

PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT INVASIVE PLANT CTTE

Put in place by the Peace River Regional District Board, this is a committee of all stakeholders to identify concerns with, and suggest controls of, invasive plants in the Peace River region.  This committee has undergone several changes in purpose over the past few years as the government funding and responsibility for weed control has dwindled.

PRRD Invasive Plant Ctte (Weeds) Representatives– Art Seidl and Brian Stratuliak

PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT AGRICULTURE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A growing number of municipalities and regional districts have appointed agricultural advisory committees (AACs) to provide a direct link to their farm and ranch communities.  The AACs provide an effective way to gain advice on a wide range of agricultural issues.

PRRD Agriculture Advisory Representative – Judy Madden (PR Regional Cattlemen's Assn.)

PEACE RIVER CLIMATE ACTION INITIATIVE

The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (Initiative) was developed in 2008 by the BC Agriculture Council to enable a proactive and pan-agriculture approach to climate change issues. The Initiative is supported by the BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation and the Investment Agriculture Foundation with funding provided by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

The strategic direction of the Initiative is guided by regional advisory committees.

PR Climate Action Initiative Representatives–Brian Stratuliak and Renee Ardill ( NP Cattlemens’ Assn)

NE AIR MONITORING INITIATIVE ADVISORY CTTE

The objectives of this project are to initiate an Air Quality Assessment Program in the Northeast with the

goal of capturing air quality data to make informed decisions regarding public health.

NE Air Monitoring Initiative Advisory Ctte. Representative – vacant

WILDLIFE CONFLICT RESOLUTION CTTE

Initiated by the Conservation Officer Service of BC.  Representatives can be contacted for information on the purposes and objectives of these regional committees.

Wildlife Conflict Resolution Ctte. Representatives– Art Seidl, Don Dunbar, Lary Fossum