January 8, 2019
by PETER MITHAM
BC Tree Fruits Co-op has lost long-time horticulturist Hank Markgraf.
The son of orchardists and a graduate of Washington State University, Markgraf joined the co-op in May 1988.
A comment wasn’t immediately available regarding the reasons for Markgraf’s departure. However, it comes as the co-op seeks new executives to oversee its operations.
It posted an ad at the end of November for a new CEO to replace Stan Swales, who had been with the co-op for just two years. He was the co-op’s third CEO since the amalgamation of packinghouses in 2008. An ad for a successor to Warren Everton, who had served as CFO since February 2013 was posted at the same time.
The co-op has not commented on the progress of the competitions, nor announced a deadline for the selection of new leadership.
The co-op has more than 430 members across the Okanagan Valley, and received sharp criticism in a report last summer regarding the competitiveness of the tree fruit sector.
with files from Tom Walker
Vol. 105 Issue 5
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
What on earth?
Opposition slams ALC bill
Sidebar: Protection & pushback
Editorial: Truth in labelling
Back Forty: So you don’t believe in climate change
Viewpoint: Don’t blame the cows for global warming
Ag council’s lobbying efforts produce results
Learning a new skill
Foundation’s nest egg for funding projects increases
Province will hold the line on piece rates
New CEO aims to kindle team spirit at co-op
FIRB decision prompts rethink of pricing scheme
Beekeepers see potential in technology transfer
AgSafe markes quarter century
Raspberries hit hard by harsh February
Blueberry growers anxious for new varieties
Biological controls for pests in demand
Sidebar: Pesticides in play
Growers urged to focus on fresh
Westgen celebrates 75 years of excellence
Top seller was no-show at Holstein sale
Spring show attracts exhibitors from Quebec
Cheesemakers unite to grow niche market
Range use permits under greater scrutiny
Sidebar: Range use plans go digital
Market Musings: Top bulls sell for top dollar at spring sales
Grapegrowers share sustainability objectives
Grape specialist honoured for dedication
Hazelnut production expands across BC
Sidebar: Pest pressures
Supporters take to AITC’s Sips & Sprouts
Research: Cultured meat fails to impress researchers
UAVs undergo testing for pesticide delivery
Sustainability goes beyond saving farmland
Father and daughter roll with the last of the steel wheels
Woodshed: Susan Henderson is warming to country life
Wannabe: Farming is more than just a job
Surplus, cull fruit finds new purpose as tasty snacks
Jude’s Kitchen: Special food for special moms