District A meeting January 29th – Report on AGM

District A Farmers' Institute includes the Farmers' Institutes on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. The AGM of District A was January 29th at Nanoose Place, Nanoose, BC.  That agenda is here District A Agenda 2017 and the minutes of the 2016 AGM are here District A 2016 AGM Minutes .  The minutes and treasurers report of the 2017 District A meeting are here Minutes_of_the_January_29_2017_AGM Meeting Highlights: 29 members and guests attended.  Guests included Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union; Sean Dory, Young Agrarians; James Street, Food Processing Consultant with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Institutes presented their reports and upcoming events and activities. District A has a representative on the Coastal Invasive Species Committee.  Copies of Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and Other Selected Invasive Plants of BC were distributed. There is a new Mid-Island Farmers' Institute.  They have 70 members. District A will have a booth at the Islands Agriculture Show on Feb3/4, and will be presenting in the Community Agriculture section. In June of 2016 there was an advisory board meeting with the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister, with Superintendant of Farmers' Institutes and person in charge of Meat Processing.  Six items were discussed, and meat regulation issues, wildlife issues, invasive species and year-round Farmers' markets were highlighted for discussion.  The Farmers' Institutes are to identify items that they would like discussed at the upcoming meeting in June 2017. Dues were discussed.  They are currently set at $5.00 per member, to a maximum of $200, as institutes can afford. There was discussion about strengthening ties between farmers institutes around the province, especially now that FARM Community Council is being disbanded so there will be no representation to BC Agriculture Council. District A is considering a Website, Brochure, Card, Facebook presence - generic materials which individual institutes can add their information to ie staple a card, put a sticker on. Elections President Janet Thony Vice President Blaine Hardy Treasurer Kathy Millar Secretary Marion  Woloschuk For more information contact Barbara Johnstone Grimmer