In the News

August 11, 2023

New website launched on orderly marketing of BC apples

July 10, 2023

Challenging BC Cherry Harvest Underway - More Great Summer Cherries on the Way

April 30, 2023

Province of BC - Perennial Crop Renewal [Replant] Program Announcement

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April 26, 2023

Despite Delay, Optimistic Crop Expectations for the 2023 Season

March 30, 2023

US and Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers Program Analysis and Comparison Highlights the Potential for Access by Smaller Canadian Farms

February 3, 2023

SIR Board Report - February 3, 2023

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August 12, 2022

Forest Fire Information Bulletin for Workers

 Many farm workers in the Okanagan are from Quebec, or internationally from Caribbean countries or Mexico, and these workers may not be as aware of forest fires as local residents.  In order to reduce anxiety
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August 12, 2022

Worker Safety Incentive Announced by BCFGA

On August 12, 2022, the BCFGA introduced a $250 to $500 incentive for growers who receive a COR certification from AgSafeBC.   Here is the
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August 12, 2022

BCFGA Seeks Communications and Membership Manager

The BCFGA is seeking a Communications and Membership Manager. Here is the  
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August 9, 2022

Packer Group Formed

July 15, 2022

Mental Wellness Resources July 2022

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July 8, 2022

Update on the BCMAF Tree Fruit Industry Stabilization Plan

April 14, 2022

BCFGA seeking a Project Manager

The BCFGA is seeking a
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November 24, 2021

BCFGA's New Business Model

The BCFGA released its new business model today, reflecting current financial challenges to the industry and a desire to move forward with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries'  19 Recommendations in the
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September 8, 2021

Federal Election - party platforms on agriculture

August 27, 2021

Notice of BCFGA Special General Meeting September 21, 2021

  Here is the
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August 25, 2021

Reminder- September 31 2021 Deadline for Harmonized AgriStability Forms

August 13, 2021

Heat Damaged Crop - Apple Adjusting Notice

 Production Insurance Branch issues update on heat damage and claims process -
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April 30, 2021

2021 Tree Fruit Production Guide - updates and printed spray schedule

The BC Tree Fruit Production Guide is available on-line.  Updates have been made for
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April 30, 2021

Travel letter for Quebec workers

Many Quebec youth (and youth from other parts of BC and other provinces) travel to British Columbia each year to plant trees in forested areas and then to help with the harvest of the Okanagan Cherry crop.  During
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February 26, 2021

Province announces Tree Fruit Stabilization Initiative

 The Province announced the Tree Fruit Stabilization Initiative on February 26, 2021. Here is the
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October 20, 2018

Final Provincial Election Results for Tree Fruit Growing Areas - Nov. 8 2020

October 6, 2018

Party Platforms for October 26 2019 Federal Election

March 21, 2018

New! Mow-Chip Rebate Alternative to Outdoor Burning

  The Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality Program is offering a rebate through the new Mow-Chip program.
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November 2, 2017

National Apple Competition Nov. 2, 2017

Congratulations to all of the BC growers who placed at the National Apple Compeition held November 2, 2017.  Here is
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July 18, 2017

New Minister of Agriculture

Click here for our press release on welcoming the new Agriculture Minister for B.C.

July 18, 2017

BC New Democrats Announce Minister of Agriculture

 Click here to view the press release from BCAC welcoming the new Minister of Agriculture.

May 10, 2017

BCFGA pleased with results in 2016 Ag Census

 Here is our
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May 9, 2017

2016 Ag Census backgrounder for Tree Fruit Sector

January 10, 2017

2017 BCFGA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

 Here is
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January 10, 2017

2017 BCFGA Executive Elected

 Here is
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December 6, 2016

Apple Maggot - new single detection, but different site

 Here is the
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November 4, 2016

2016 National Apple Competition Results

  BC apples captured several of the top spots at this year’s National Apple Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto, Ontario.
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September 30, 2016

BCFGA Announces Food Safety Incentive Program 2016

BCFGA  Food Safety Incentive Program -
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May 6, 2016

Cherries to California 2016

Program registration for exporting BC origin cherries to California is now open. The program
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February 1, 2016

BCFGA Executive Elected for 2016

 The new BCFGA Executive, elected January 30, 2016 for a one-year term, is The
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January 30, 2016

2016 BCFGA Award Recipients

  Wilfrid and Sally Mennell, BCFGA Life Members.  The Mennells are known worldwide as the discoverers of the Ambrosia
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November 17, 2015

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair - National Apple Competition Results

  Here are the results of this year's National Apple Competition, as well as some pictures of the BC winners:
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March 20, 2015

Arctic Apple Approved In Canada

Here is a BCFGA press release on the approval of the Arctic Apple (Granny Smith and Golden Delicious) in Canada.

February 23, 2015

BC Fruit Growers' Association February 20-21, 2015 Annual Convention

 Here is a
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February 17, 2015

BC Budget 2015/2016 budget

 The BCFGA Issued a
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February 13, 2015

GM Apple Approved in US

 Here is a
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January 14, 2015


January 14, 2015 "Summerland, BC – The Summerland Varieties Corporation (SVC, formerly PICO) announced that it has hired a new senior manager to pilot the company. Michael Bechtel
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November 16, 2014


BC apples captured the top spots in the Ambrosia, Golden Delicious, Aurora Golden Gala, and Heaviest Apple categories at this year's National Apple Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto, Canada.
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September 30, 2014

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Pre-Budget Consultation

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September 29, 2014

Harvest is Here | Are You Ready to Report? - September 2014

  The BC Ambrosia Apples Newsletter for the month of September 2014 is now available! Sign up now to view their monthly e-newsletter! Please click on the link below:
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September 2, 2014

Eminent Researchers added to SVC Board

BCFGA press release on the two pre-eminent scientists appointed to the Board of Directors of Summerland Varieties Corp.

July 11, 2014

Management Opportunity at Summerland Varieties Corp

Summerland Varieties Corportation is seeking a General Manager for its operations.

Here is the job ad.

Position description to follow.

June 26, 2014

Summerland Varieties Corp (PICO) update

Summerland Varieties Corp (PICO) / BCFGA
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May 28, 2014

Press Statement- Stan Vander Waal- Bill 24 Closure

May 27, 2014

ALC Update for BCAC Membership

April 25, 2014

BCAC sets position on proposed ALR Legislation - Bill 24

The BCAC set its
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February 5, 2014

BCFGA Timeline

We are working on a BCFGA timeline,
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January 23, 2014

results for Apple Council are in - "not proceeding at this time"

The results of the vote on the proposed Apple Research and Promotion Council were announced on February 19, 2014.  Here is the
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January 23, 2014

BCFGA Election of Executive for 2014

Here is a
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November 28, 2013

Apple Commission Vote Launched

November 14, 2013

BCFGA calls for Moratorium on the release of the GM Apple

The BCFGA responded to recent news of the Arctic Apple, a genetically modified food, proceeding through the regulatory system, by requesting a moratorium on the approval of the Arctic Apple, currently being reviewed by
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November 1, 2013


September 2, 2013

Joe Sardinha, BCFGA President from 2005-2011 Has Died

We are deeply saddened to report that Joe Sardinha, past president of the BCFGA has died at age 52 of an appraent heart attack. We will be posting further information in coming days.  Here is the original
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August 19, 2013

South Kelowna Hail Tour for Local MLAs Thomson and Letnick and MP Cannan

Kelowna area MLAs Steve Thomson and Norm Letnick and MP Ron Cannan toured the orchard area damaged by the hail storm of August 12.  See the
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May 16, 2013

School Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition - looking for BC suppliers

Looking for fresh fruits and vergetables - request for proposals. The School Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program provides fresh BC fruits and vegetables to school children.  The program provides nutritious
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May 3, 2013

May 14 2013 Provincial Election - Party Platforms

Here are the party platforms on Agriculture for the May 14 Provincial Election:
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March 21, 2013

AgriInvest Interim Payment deadline is March 31

The AgriInvest interim Payment deadline is March 31.
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March 21, 2013

SemiosBio offers trial on-farm monitoring

March 21, 2013

BCAC Releases Provincial Election Questions for Candidates

March 20, 2013

BCFGA Awards presented to outstanding growers, March 6, 2012

At the recent Horticutlural Symposium, held March 6 in Kelowna, BC, several growers were recognized for their achievement in growing top-quality fruit using advanced horticultural practices.  Congratulations to
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February 22, 2013

BCFGA Reacts to February 19 Provincial Budget

2013 Provincial
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February 19, 2013

February 19 Brief to MLAs on Budget Day

Brief to MLAs on Feburary 19.

February 14, 2013

BCFGA Brief to Hon. Norm Letnick and Premier Christie Clark,

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January 20, 2013

BCFGA Recognition Awards

The 2013 Recognition Awards in two categories - Press and Award of Merit - were presented to Barry MacDivitt of CHBC News and to Keith Carlson, Summerland grower.  
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January 19, 2013

2013 BCFGA Executive elected

The 2013 BCFGA Executive was elected at the January 19, 2013 BCFGA Annual Convention.
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November 1, 2012

National Apple Competition 2012 Success

Apple Growers competed at the National Apple Competition on October 31, 2012.  In the category 'five varieties in a backet', BC placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to
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August 23, 2012

ALC Changes and New Direction

July 3, 2012

Genetically modified food - National survey results July 3, 2012

The BCFGA and the Québec Apple Growers' Association released the results of a national survey on genetically engineered food.  The survey was conducted to provide insight into consumer thinking about genetically
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May 17, 2012

NEWS RELEASE: BC Fruit Growers Survey Surprises

February 21, 2012

NEWS RELEASE: BC Fruit Growers React to the 2012 BC Budget

January 30, 2012

NEWS RELEASE: BCFGA Welcomes New Executive Members

January 18, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: BCFGA 123rd Annual General Meeting - Water: Achieving Balance and Sustainability

January 3, 2012

Genetically modified food - National survey results July 3, 2012

The BCFGA and the Québec Apple Producers Association commissioned a national survey.  The purpose of the survey was to gain insight into consumer thoughts about genetically engineered food and the possibility
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November 17, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY: BC Fruit Growers Bring BC's Top Fruit to 2011 Canadian Western Agribition

November 7, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: B.C. Farmers And Ranchers Meet With Premier And Ministers

Abbotsford, BC – The British Columbia Agriculture Council (BCAC) and a small contingent of BC farmers and ranchers met with the Premier on November 2nd in Victoria, BC, to discuss critical areas
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November 3, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: BC Apple Growers Get Royal Recognition at National Apple Competition

October 11, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: NDP Announcement - Local Purchasing Can Bolster Okanagan Agriculture

PENTICTON – Promoting the Okanagan’s agricultural sector through local purchasing needs to be a priority under the government’s jobs plan, said leader Adrian Dix today. “Okanagan
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September 30, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Fall is Here Which Only Means One Thing - Apple Season!

August 26, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: BC Fruit Growers React to the HST Referendum Results

August 11, 2011

NOTICE TO GROWERS: Funeral of Allan Claridge

We are sad to announce that long time orchardist and past president of the BCFGA, Allan Claridge has recently passed away. Growers, friends, and family are invited to attend the Funeral on Thursday, August 11th,
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July 28, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: BC Cherry Growers Hit by Labour Shortage

July 21, 2011

LETTER: Celebrating BC Tree Fruits Ltd. 75th Anniversary

July 6, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Municipalities Support Increased Agricultural Funding by the Province

June 10, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: BCFGA Launches Summer Awareness Campaign

June 10th, 2011 (Kelowna, BC) – The BC Fruit Growers’ Association, today, launched the start of a new advertising campaign to enhance public awareness of the quality and availability
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June 9, 2011

NOTICE TO GROWERS: AgriStability Postal Strike Industry Advisory

If you are expecting 2009 a Benefit Payment or 2010 Interim Payment   Alternative arrangements have been made to ensure producers get their benefit payments during this labour
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May 17, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Premier Clark Expands Kids' Fruit and Veggie Program

COURTENAY - More B.C. children will have access to fresh, B.C.-grown fruit and vegetable snacks in the classroom thanks to a $3-million expansion of the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program, Premier Christy
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March 10, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: 2011 Tree Fruit Industry Awards

Kelowna, BC - The BC Fruit Growers' Association (BCFGA) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Tree Fruit Industry Awards. The awards were presented during this year's 1st Annual BC Tree
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March 7, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY: BIGGER & BETTER 1st Annual BC Tree Fruit Horticultural Symposium

The year 2011 will celebrate a first for the BC tree fruit industry. The BC Fruit Growers’ Association had joined forces with the Okanagan Packinghouse Fieldmen’s Group to create the 1st Annual BC Tree Fruit
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February 8, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Tree Fruit Industry Meets to Seek Way Forward Through Third Of Poor Returns

February 1, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: BCFGA Welcomes New Executive Members

Kelowna - On Friday, January 28th, 2011, members of the BC Fruit Growers' Association held their 122nd Annual Convention where they got to vote for the 2011 BCFGA Executive.  
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November 8, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT: New format for the BCFGA Annual Horticultural Forum

November 5, 2010

NEWS RELEASE: BC Apple Growers Get National Recognition

October 4, 2010

NEWS RELEASE: Let's Celebrate Fall and BC Apple Harvest

July 15, 2010

NEWS RELEASE: Seasonal Workers in the Okanagan

On July 15, 2010, the Town of Osoyoos hosted 25 representatives from the Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Environment, Conservation Officer, RCMP, Bylaw Enforcement, BC Fruit Growers’ Association (BCFGA), Regional
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May 28, 2010

LETTER: BC Tree Fruits Dying at Roots

January 20, 2008

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