Events

The BCFC coordinates annual Field Days and Workshops to help producers keep up to date with the latest develops in the industry and connect with others in the industry. Interested in coordinating an event near you? Contact our manager (bcfc@bcforagecouncil.com; 250-564-4115 loc233)- we love collaborating with other associations to make things happen.

Upcoming Events

BC Forage Council Pasture Walk

When & Where: Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ Australian Ranch

The BC Forage Council is excited to invite you to a Pasture Walk on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, at the Australian Ranch (6666 Yorston Rd, which is 34km south of Quesnel – look for Cariboo Corn Maze, Haunted Maze and House!). Australian Ranch is one of four research sites for our “Demonstration of Innovative Pasture Rejuvenation Practices in Central and Northern Interior of BC,” a project that is part of the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program, and is also funded in part by the BC Forage Council, the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

The research plot at the Australian Ranch compared two types of no-till seed drills (a Disc Drill compared to a Tine Drill), with two different crop mixes, under irrigated and non-irrigated conditions. Farm-partners Bob and Holley Yorston will be on site to provide an overview of their objective with their trial and impressions from year one, and will also provide an in-formal our of other experiments they have on the ranch this year, including grazing turnips in a relay blend, and July inter-cropping of turnips into a harvested alfalfa stand.

The Pasture Walk will run from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. (feel free to arrive anytime after 5p.m., to ensure that you don’t miss the walk!). Registration is FREE, just send us an email (bcfc@bcforagecouncil.com) to let us know you are coming. Home-made desserts will be a wonderful bonus to the event!

Pasture Rejuvenation with Nicole Masters: 2-day Workshop

When & Where: September 26th-27th @ Greenwood, B.C.

Join Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils, New Zealand, for a two-day intensive workshop on soil health and regenerative agriculture.Topics include soil management, enhancing soil biology to increase productivity, water management, grazing and compost systems.​ Workshop is relevant to anyone who works with soil and land management! For more info: https://www.kbfa.ca/events

First Annual On-Farm Research Forum with TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching

When & Where: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm @ Laughing Loon Pub, Williams Lake

TRU Ranching students and local producers will be showcasing their on-farm demonstration research projects for 2019. Everyone is welcome, come on out and enjoy great food, drink, and an evening of fun and networking and see what the students are up to.

Canadian Forage and Grassland Association 2019 Conference

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is hosting their 2019 conference in Moncton, New Brunswick!
For more information or to register visit https://canadianfga.wixsite.com/conference2019

MFGA AGM & Regenerative Ag Days

When & Where: November 19-20, 2019 @ Brandon, MB

Our Regen Ag Days committee has put together a very exciting program and would like to extend an invitation to register for this event!

Nov 19 evening: AGM & Producer Panel
MFGA hosts our AGM followed by a small panel of experts talking regenerative ag, research and innovation.
Nov 20 full day: Workshop & Tradeshow
Learn more about healthy soil, water management, livestock and grain producer prosperity and other important topucs by leading industry experts!

For more info: denice@mfga.net or go here: https://www.mfga.net/regen-ag-days#regen-ag-days-sponsorship Register early as it’s expected to be a jam-packed event!

Western Canada Conference on Soil Health & Grazing

When & Where: December 10, 11 & 12, 2019 @ Edmonton, AB

Two great conferences come together: Western Canada Conference on Soil Health & Western Canadian Grazing Conference. Our Future Is In The Soil. Register now!

KFBA– Year-Round Grazing Systems Workshop

When & Where: January 8, 9 & 10, 2020 @ Cranbrook, B.C.

​Join Steve Kenyon for this three-day intensive business management and grazing school that includes; economics, finances, human resources, grazing, cell design, rejuvenation, the grazing chart, dormant season grazing, swath grazing and bale grazing. It goes into not only the production side of a ranch, but the business side as well.

Canadian Forage Seed Conference: Improving the Cropping System Resiliency

When & Where: February 25th and 26th 2020 @ Edmonton, AB, Fantasyland Hotel located in the West Edmonton Mall.

Forage seed growers, researchers, extension staff and agribusinesses will congregate for the first Canadian Forage Seed Conference since 2006! The goal of this conference is to unite the industry throughout Canada and increase awareness and interest in forage seed production. With the current challenges in Canadian grain markets, we have a great opportunity to increase awareness of the benefits of incorporating forage seed crops into any cropping system. Perennial forage seed crops can offer these growers market diversity and dispersal of timing in terms of workload. For the faithful forage seed grower, it will be an opportunity to hear about new technologies in the industry and where research is headed. For more information Click Here or visit peaceforageseed.ca

Past Events

Train the Trainers and Raising the Next Generation Field Day When: August 29th, 2019 11:30am – 4:00pm Where: D&S Zirnhelt Ranch, Beaver Valley

Last fall, four producers (the “Trainers”) and TRU students (the “Next Generation”) took a one-day module to learn how to use the On Farm Demonstration Research Guide, led by Dr. Catherine Tarasoff. They each designed and implemented a demonstration research project summer 2019.

The Field Day was a FREE event to showcase one of the research plots installed this year. It was a great opportunity to see a research plot in person, ask the producer questions, and see some preliminary results. There were speakers talking about Seed Selection in forage establishment, and a tour of a recent Silvopasture experiment on the property.

Over 60 people came out to learn about current on farm research at D&S Zirnhelt Ranch.

BC Cattlemen’s Association AGM and Convention
When: May 23-25th
Where: Williams Lake BC.
More info: https://www.cattlemen.bc.ca/agmsite.htm

Annual Cover Crops Field Day
When: April 17th, 1-3p.m.
Where: Agassiz Research and Development Centre (6947 Highway 7, Aggasiz BC)
More info: contact Gary Telford at gary.telford@canada.ca, 604-796-6101

Cover Crops (Beef Cattle Research Council)
When: March 26th, 2019
Where: Online!
What: Join Jillian Bainard, PhD, Research Scientist at Agriculture Agri-Food Canada in Swift Current, SK, to discuss cover crops. Cover crops can have many benefits including improving soil health and prolonging the grazing season. To learn more, and to register, visit: http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm 

Grazing Management Webinar (Beef Cattle Research Council)
When: February 12th, 2019
Where: Online!
What: During this webinar you will hear from grazing experts on different grazing management techniques that can help your pastures to become more productive and profitable. Speakers TBA. To learn more, and to register, visit: http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm

Young Agrarians: Williams Lake Mixer
When: February 9th to 10th, 2019
Where: Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus
What: The first YA event in the Cariboo, this year’s Williams Lake Mixer will include two full days of workshops and sessions that will sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. There will be two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. There will be a potluck Saturday night, and share your stories at the Farmers Slideshow!  Cost is a sliding scale $50-100. Please pay what you can, but no body will be turned away due to lack of funds—volunteer work trades are available. More information, including schedule outline, at: http://youngagrarians.org/williamslakemixer2019/

Top 10 Farm Financial Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
When: January 26th 2019 (9a.m.-3p.m.)
Where: Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre, Quesnel, BC
What: The goals of this workshop are to 1) share experience and overview about what solid farm financial management looks like, 2) using interactive audience participation and professional farm accounting expertise, they will discuss some common pitfalls, strategies to stay on track, and existing resources available to help you and your agriculture business thrive, 3) leave participants with a better understanding of their individual farm finances and/or next step for improvement (each participant leaves with top 3 action items for implementation!) and 4) raise awareness of the BC Ministry of Agriculture Business Risk Management Programs peer support and importance of maintaining regional industry associations.
RSVP to Marisa.Nightingale@gov.bc.ca by January 16th.

Sustainable & Profitable Ranching with Steve Kenyon (Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors)
When: January 9th and 10th, 2019
Where: Cranbrook and Greenwood, BC, respectively
What: Steve Kenyon is well respected in the agriculture community for his business management and innovative ideas and is also a regular contributor to Canadian Cattlemen Magazine. Steve runs a custom grazing business in Alberta under the name of Greener Pastures Ranching, where they run just over 1200 head of livestock on 3000 acres of leased land. Steve uses a combination of intensive cell grazing, dormant season grazing, swath grazing, crop residue grazing and bale grazing to pasture cattle year round. Steve’s presentation will cover soil building, water management, grazing plans, bale grazing and economic viability. For more information this FREE event, visit https://www.kbfa.ca/events.

November 14-15th, 2018 – CFGA is hosting its 9th Annual Conference, “Foundation Forage: Built From the Ground  Up,” in Calgary, Alberta.

November 27-28th, 2018 – Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is thrilled to be holding our first-ever Regenerative Agriculture Conference in Brandon, using the theme “Adapting to Today’s Food and Farm World“.

August 25th, 2018BCFC 2018 Field Day – at Roddie Creek Ranch, Quesnel, BC
August 26th, 2018 – BCFC Annual General Meeting – Quesnel, BC