February 27, 2019
by PETER MITHAM
New leadership is in the offing at the BC Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.
During the association’s annual general meeting in Tsawwassen this week, chair Bill Zylmans announced his resignation and members approved the board’s expansion to nine members to better handle the association’s work on behalf of the sector.
Speaking with emotion, Zylmans was grateful for the chance to build the profile of the sector since he took the helm of the association 12 years ago but emphasized the significant work it’s taken. It’s now time for him to spend more time with his family, and give younger growers a chance to serve.
“It’s time,” he said.
However, he won’t be going away just yet. The next six months will be a chance to identify a successor and mentor them in what the work entails. He’ll also continue to represent seed potato growers on the association’s board for the foreseeable future.
Among the association’s achievements of the past year has been collaborating with other farm groups to address labour issues and securing $150,000 worth of provincial funding over five years, cash that will support the association’s ongoing work and research on behalf of growers.
The association’s new board includes Ab Singh and Blake Lundstrom; Judy Galey, Cory Gerrard, Blair Lodder, Hugh Reynolds and Randy Sahota; and Peter Guichon of the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission as well as Zylmans representing seed potatoes.
Vol. 105 Issue 5
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Sidebar: Protection & pushback
Editorial: Truth in labelling
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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
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Growers urged to focus on fresh
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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
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Grapegrowers share sustainability objectives
Grape specialist honoured for dedication
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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
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Wannabe: Farming is more than just a job
Surplus, cull fruit finds new purpose as tasty snacks
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