AUGUST 2019 • COUNTRY LIFE IN BC
Marketing board names new entrant winners Process
awarded quota to three out of 95 applicants
by DAVID SCHMIDT ABBOTSFORD—The BC
Milk Marketing Board has chosen the first three successful applicants in its New Entrant Program. After clearing the waitlist
in its previous Graduated Entry Program, the BCMMB introduced the NEP in August 2018. Ninety-five applicants paid the $250 fee to be included in the first draw, held in February 2019. A random draw selected eight applicants for the second step in the process. Each was required to submit a detailed business plan to a board- appointed selection committee. Chaired by Walt Goerzen, who also chairs the board’s Milk Industry Advisory Committee and Specialty Producers Advisory Committee, the committee included two agri-business reps, one financial services rep, one processor rep from the Western Dairy Council, one producer chosen by the BC Dairy Association and one current GEP producer. After meeting with each applicant and studying their business plans, the committee recommended and the board accepted Edward and Melanie Dyson of Port Alberni, Jonathan and Eleny Quapp of Rosedale and William Romeyn of Chilliwack to be the first three successful applicants. “It was quite a challenge to
pick three from the eight,” Goerzen said, noting they had a “diverse” set of applicants to choose from. In the end they focused on each applicant’s experience, business plan and passion for the industry.
Experience was critical. The committee questioned the chances of an applicant
succeeding without any direct experience in dairying, Goerzen says, and he expects the committee to recommend tightening future application criteria to weed out unsuitable applicants. “It’s a new program so the
process has some room for adjustments,” he notes, pointing out the BC Egg Marketing Board’s NEP has a more detailed initial application process which may have some merit in the dairy industry. Another important question was whether the applicants could begin a dairy operation without the help of the NEP.
“Helping new entrants into
the dairy industry that otherwise couldn’t do that is a key aspect of the program,” Goerzen states.
Melanie and Edward Dyson of Port Alberni are one of three successful applicants for BCMMB’s New Entrant Program. SUBMITTED PHOTO Edward Dyson, one of the
three successful applicants, calls himself “a second- generation wannabe dairy farmer” at 27 years old. His parents, Agricultural Land Commission chair Jennifer
Dyson and her husband, were once on BCMMB’s GEP waitlist but gave up waiting after several years. Instead, the Dysons moved
to Port Alberni in 2003 and started a water buffalo dairy.
The herd has 70 animals and they’re currently milking 20 water buffalo. (The number fluctuates.) “I’m already running a
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BC Milk Marketing Board Member Appointment by the Milk Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC)
The British Columbia Milk Marketing Board (BCMMB), under federal and provincial law, promotes, controls and regulates the production, transportation, packing, storing and marketing of milk, fluid milk and manufactured milk products in BC.
The British Columbia Milk Marketing Board (BCMMB), under federal and provincial law, promotes, controls and regulates the production, transportation, packing,
A Board member is due to be appointed by MIAC with an effective date of November 27, 2019 for a three-year term. (Reference: BCMMB Election and Appointment Rules and Procedures, May 16, 2018)
manufactured milk products in BC.
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Board duties include the analysis of detailed statistics in relation to production, industry economic impacts, and direct involvement in regional, national and international policies.
A Board member is due to be appointed by MIAC with an effective date of December 2, 2016 for a three-year term. (Reference: BCMMB Election and Appointment Rules and Procedures, May 19, 2015)
The person appointed will have strong skills in communication, complex analysis and decision- making. Good background knowledge of the dairy industry and supply management is key. Board members are required to have the confidence of producers, processors, and other stakeholders.
The person appointed will have strong skills in communication, complex analysis and decision-making. Good background knowledge of the dairy industry and supply management is important. Board members are required to relate well to and have
suppliers, Board staff and other stakeholders.
Board duties include the analysis of detailed statistics in relation to production, product quality, consumption patterns, and industry economic impacts, and direct involvement in regional, national and international policies.
This part-time position is suitable for an individual who can commit to Board and other meetings, likely or approximating three
This part-time position is suitable for an individual who can commit to Board and other meetings, approximating three to five days a month, and who can undertake some travel.
This Board member cannot be a licensed producer.
This Board Member cannot be a licensed producer.
The BC MIAC invites applications from
The BC MIAC invites applications from qualified individuals who are keen to make an active contribution to the dairy industry.
active contribution to the dairy industry.
are asked to please send their resume via
m Attention: Walter Goerzen, Chair Milk Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC)
Attention: Walter Goerzen, Chair Milk Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC)
To apply for an interview, qualified applicants are asked to please send their resume via email, in confidence, by September 13, 2019 to:
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