Committee Information

Committee Purposes and local representatives

BCCA Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC)

Addresses issues relating to the environment and the management of water, wildlife and forage resources including associated legislation and regulations. Scope of work: 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 (Chair)

BCCA Land Stewardship And Aboriginal Affairs Committee (LSC)

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 (chair)

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 – Kristina Schweitzer

BCCA Beef Production and Innovation Committee (BPIC)

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 – Helen Harris

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 / Horn Levy Ctte

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– Judy Madden

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