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B.C. Ministry of Agriculture radio and television commercials

  • GR-3373
  • Series
  • [ca. 1975-1981]

This accession mainly comprises radio commercials promoting British Columbia produce -- fruit, vegetables, eggs, turkey, pork, and dairy products -- and the B.C. Foodstakes. There are also a few recordings that were produced to serve as sound tracks for audio-visual (i.e., slide-tape) presentations.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture and Food (1980-1986)

Report on the physical features, soil conditions and agricultural possibilities of the N.E. section of the Province of British Columbia...

  • C/D/30.9/C24
  • Series
  • 1913-1915

The series consists of a report collected by the Dept. of Agriculture in 1915. The report was written by Agricultural Surveyor W.H. Cartwright and contains information on the physical features, soil conditions and agricultural possibilities of an area just north of the Peace River Block, recorded between April 1913 and October 1914. The report is illustrated with 22 black and white photographs and is accompanied by meteorological readings and some correspondence between Cartwright and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture.

British Columbia. Dept. of Finance and Agriculture

Dept. of Agriculture lantern slides and negatives

  • GR-3599
  • Series
  • [between 1900 and 1915]

The series consists of 214 photographs, mostly glass lantern slides and glass negatives, created or collected by the Dept. of Agriculture sometime between 1900 and 1915.

The lantern slides contain images of fruit trees, orchards, farms, packing boxes, greenhouses, crops and other agricultural activity. A few have descriptive labels which indicate that they were taken in Victoria, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Summerland, and some have photographers identified (D.J. Dwyer, J. Howard A. Chapman and Edgar Fleming). These photographs may have been used for a variety of purposes including public lectures and as illustrations for reports. Some of the slides have been hand coloured. These slides are from accession 198012-018.

The glass negatives from this accession consist of two files. The first file contains 13 negatives identified as being from Atkinson's mushrooms; images of mushrooms and fungi from book on same and appear to have been photographed directly from George F. Atkinson's 1901 books called "Studies of American Fungi". The second file consists of 24 negatives identified as Morris Middleton pruning lecture. Middleton was an assistant horticulturalist for the Dept. of Agriculture and gave pruning workshops and lectures.

The 27 glass negatives from accession 198410-027 show farms and farm buildings, fruit and berry growing as well as fruit packing and pruning classes in Creston, B.C. in 1914 (F.B. Turner photographer) and photos of apple growing medals presented to the Government of British Columbia in 1909.

British Columbia. Dept. of Finance and Agriculture

Okanagan Valley irrigation reports

  • GR-0316
  • Series
  • 1926-1927

This series consists of 16 volumes of reports on irrigation districts in the Okanagan valley from1926 and 1927. Volumes include one summary report for the Okanagan and two copies each of detailed reports on the following irrigation districts: Black Mountain, Glenmore, Naramata, Peachland, South East Kelowna, Vernon, and Westbank. The reports include a history of the project, and statistical information. There is also an appendix to the Scotty Creek irrigation district report included in the series.

Volumes 2-8 are signed by Major J.C. Macdonald, Comptroller of Water Rights and are illustrated with b&w photographs and have maps. The duplicate volumes 9-15 contain holographic alterations and are initialed by J.W. Clark, Inspector, Water Rights Branch.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Correspondence, memoranda and reports of the Chairman

  • GR-0900
  • Series
  • 1942-1943

This series consists of the records of the Inter-Departmental Advisory Committee on Agriculture Land Settlement, 1942-1943. Records include correspondence, memoranda and reports of the Chairman of the Land Settlement Board, William Turnbull, relating to his activities as chairman of the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Land Settlement established by the Post-War Rehabilitation Council. The Council had the task of planning civil employment and vocational training of veterans of World War II.

British Columbia. Inter-Departmental Advisory Committee on Agriculture Land Settlement

Development program files

  • GR-2372
  • Series
  • 1990-2001

The series consists of development program files created by the Industry Organizations Development Branch and the Resource Management Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, and its predecessor body Financial Development Programs Branch, from 1990 to 2001. The files include policy and procedures; final reports, some illustrated with photographs; correspondence; and memoranda and studies relating to various economic development programs including:

Canada-British Columbia Agreement on the Agriculture Component of the Green Plan, established to assist the agri-food sector to strive toward environmental sustainability and socio-economic viability;

Canada-British Columbia Farm Business Management Agreement, a program of conditional grants to develop and facilitate the upgrading of the business management skills of B.C. farm managers;

Partners in Progress program, conditional grants to members of the agriculture, fisheries and food industries to form partnerships to act on and develop new ideas and ways of dealing with increasing competition of world markets;

Fisheries Development and Diversification Program (FDDP), established to provide assistance to the commercial fishing industry by stimulating and encouraging the development of scientific research and seafood products, and the application of technology;

Soil Conservation program, a program to accelerate the adoption of environmentally sustainable agricultural production systems to reduce water pollution and soil erosion.

Intermingled within the files, there are eight VHS videocassettes, fourteen 3 1/2 inch floppy disks, three CD-ROM disks and four objects including a cloth bag, two plastic lids and a plastic bag.

The records have been classified under the Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Operational Records Classification System (ORCS) as:
24200-60: Green plan project final reports.
24500-60: Farm business management final reports.
24600-60: FDDP final reports.
24900-60: Partners in Progress final reports.
25200-60: Soil Conservation project final reports.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (2000-2005)

Committee files and other administrative records

  • GR-2491
  • Series
  • 1929-1998

The series consists of committee files created by the Industry Organizations Development Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, and its predecessor body Financial Development Programs Branch, from 1984 to 1998. The files include reports, correspondence, agendas, minutes and other material relating to various economic development committees including: Farmers Institute Advisory Board; Potato Industry Research and Development Advisory Committee; Raspberry Industry Development Trust Fund Advisory Committee; Green Plan Management Committee and the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration.
The series also includes administrative records related to some of the programs including executive correspondence referrals, inquiries, communication plan and audit files. In addition there are four files relating to the dissolution of a Farmers Institute and three files relating to the dissolution of Women's Institutes, 1929-1997.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-1998)

Ministry of Agriculture cabinet and Treasury Board submission records

  • GR-3930
  • Series
  • 1987-1999

This series consists of cabinet and Treasury Board submission records from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and its predecessors from 1987-1999. Cabinet, also known as the Executive Council, sets priority issues for government, approves policies set by ministries and approves the regulations and orders-in-council that flesh out the generalized language of laws passed in the Legislative Assembly. These are records leading to the preparation of cabinet submissions by the ministry and document the development of information that goes before Cabinet or that is used in developing a Cabinet submission.

Files regard a variety of topics related to agriculture, food production, food distribution, and fisheries. Some topics include: loans and financial assistance for farmers and food producers; development of food industries, including wine; aquaculture and fisheries issues; agriculture policies; use of agricultural land reserves for golf courses; export, trade and treaty negotiations with the US for products such as salmon; Indigenous involvement in fisheries and Nisga’a fisheries negotiation; and environmental issues such as soil conservation and droughts. First Nations mentioned in these records include the Sto-lo Nation, Musquem, Tsawwassen First Nation, Nat’oot’en, Gitxsan, Wet’suwet’en, Gitanyow, Tsimshian, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Tk’emlúps (Kamloops Indian Band) and Nisga’a Lisims Government.

Cabinet records include cabinet submissions, correspondence, financial records, Treasury Board financial impact assessments, notes, reports, drafts, briefing notes, presentations, records of decision, order in councils, requests for legislation and background information providing context to submissions.

The Ministries responsible for these records over the years are:
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (1986-1991)
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-1998)
Ministry of Agriculture and Food (1998-2000)

These records are classified as ARCS number 201-40 and 1250-20.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-1998)

Legislative Assembly committee transcripts

  • GR-2038
  • Series
  • 1973

Transcripts produced by the Hansard Office of sittings of Select Standing Committees and Special Committees of the BC Legislative Assembly, 1973. Not all committees were recorded since each committee had the choice of whether to accept Hansard's services. Of those that did, some met in camera without transcription services or "on the road" where recording was not feasible.

Included here are the Select Standing Committees on Agriculture, on Forestry and Fisheries, Public Accounts and Printing, Municipal Matters, Social Welfare and Education; and to Special Committees on Coastal Oil Spills and Television Broadcasting.

British Columbia. Hansard Office

Commission to Enquire Into the Economic Conditions in the Several Areas under Irrigation Projects

  • GR-0314
  • Series
  • 1927

This series consists of the records of the Commission to Enquire Into the Economic Conditions in the Several Areas under Irrigation Projects from 1927. The enquiry examined the following areas: Glenmore Irrigation District, Grand Forks I.D., Heffley Creek I.D., Naramata I.D., Peachland I.D., Rutland I.D., Scotty Creek Development District, South East Kelowna I.D., Vernon I.D., West Summerland, Westbank I.D., and Winfield. The records include 4 volumes of submissions to the commission, two copies of the Commission's final report, and 1 volume of exhibits.

British Columbia. Commission to Enquire Into the Economic Conditions in the Several Areas under Irrigation Projects, 1927

Tax assessments and financial records kept by the Inspector of Dykes

  • GR-1988
  • Series
  • 1898-1976

Tax assessment rolls for South Westminster, Sumas, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Matsqui, Chilliwack, Nicomen Island, and Nicomen Dyking Districts, 1898-1976; general expenditure journals, voucher records, receipts, and financial statements, 1917-1974.

British Columbia. Office of the Inspector of Dykes

Select Standing Committee on Agriculture proceedings

  • GR-0764
  • Series
  • 1925

This series consists of the Legislative Assembly Select Standing Committee on Agriculture proceedings of meetings held December 3 t0 10, 1925 to review a bill on the Sumas dyking. Extensive testimony was given by Premier John Oliver.

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Select Standing Committee on Agriculture

Records of emergency aid and damage assistance pertaining to the Fraser River flood of May 1948

  • GR-1313
  • Series
  • 1948-1950

This series contains records of emergency aid and damage assistance pertaining to the Fraser River flood of May 1948, pursuant to the Flood Relief Act, 1948. The records consist of subject correspondence files, correspondence with local rehabilitation committees, appraisals of property damage reviewed by the Authority, and accounts of damage to stock, feed, seed, and crops.

Fraser Valley Rehabilitation Authority

Inspector of Dykes records

  • GR-1011
  • Series
  • 1895-1974

Correspondence, general files and accounts files relating to dyking and drainage districts, improvement districts, flood control and agricultural development in the Fraser Valley, 1917-1974. Minute books of dyking districts; Pitt Meadows, 1895; Nicomen, 1912-1930; South Westminster Dyking District, 1920, 1923, 1928.

British Columbia. Office of the Inspector of Dykes

Inspector of Dykes administrative records

  • GR-0972
  • Series
  • 1874-1981

This series consists of indexes to records relating to dyking and drainage held by the Inspector Office, Surrey, B.C. Records include subject file lists of correspondence regarding dyking districts and general administration, 1871-1881; index of maps, plans, topographical maps, etc. regarding dykes and dyking rights-of-way; index of engineers' drawings, Fraser Valley Dyking Board. These file lists and indexes were created between 1974 and 1981, but they make reference to records dating from 1871 to 1981.

British Columbia. Office of the Inspector of Dykes

Dyking records

  • GR-1569
  • Series
  • 1916-1975

The series consists of the records of the Sumas Drainage, Dyking and Development District created between 1916 and 1975. The records conain general files, orders-in-council, financial statements, engineering reports, assessments, purchase agreements, minutes, history. In addition there are 73 photographs and maps.

British Columbia. Office of the Inspector of Dykes

District Agriculturist memoranda

  • GR-1813
  • Series
  • 1930

Copy of a memorandum (undated) to P.D. Walker, Deputy Provincial Secretary, from Rodney DeLisle, District Agriculturalist (Columbia-Kootenay), describing his visit to Colony Farm at the Provincial Mental Hospital (Essondale), Alexandra Ranch at Tranquille Sanatorium and the Provincial Industrial School for Boys at Port Coquitlam in 1930.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Sharon Rempel fonds

  • PR-2189
  • Fonds
  • 1897-2008; predominantly 1987-2000

The fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Sharon Rempel in the course of her work as an agricultural and garden heritage consultant in Alberta and British Columbia ca. 1987-2000. The files include research and project files with the headings: Horticultural history, Heritage gardens, Agriculture and Agricultural history. The files also contain copies of Sharon's published works and copies of reference publications relating to agriculture and garden history she used in the course of her work. Other files includes class work and research material relating to her studies at York University and other institutions ca. 1989-1994. The fonds also includes approximately 660 colour slides, 14 audio cassettes, four VHS cassettes and 1 minidv cassette that contain interviews with Sharon regarding the grist mill and other issues relating to heritage gardens, heritage seeds and food security.

Rempel, Sharon, 1956-

Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands crop reports

  • GR-3639
  • Series
  • 1914-1965, predominant 1926-1965

The series consists predominantly of fruit and vegetable crop reports and figures for District I, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, for the years 1926-1955. Other records included in this series relate to crop production and climate on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Also included in this series is a partial run of the annual Department of Agriculture publication “The Climate of British Columbia” (1924-1945). Some records also document the involvement of the Chinese community in the operation of greenhouses and market gardens.

Some of these records were created by Alan Littler, who served as District Horticulturalist for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands (District I) between 1952-1971 (from 1971-1981 he served as Supervising Horticulturalist for the Coast). However, the majority of the files were created by Littler’s predecessor, E.H. White, who also served as District Horticulturalist for District I. The District Horticulturalist for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands was responsible for monitoring and reporting on fruit and vegetable production, primarily on southern Vancouver Island.

British Columbia. Horticultural Branch

Media Production Centre films and videos

  • GR-3947
  • Series
  • 1973-1989

The series consists of release prints, printing elements, film out-takes and videos created between 1973 and 1989 by the Media Production Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and its predecessor agencies. The Media Production Centre was situated in Kelowna, B.C. Many of the films were produced by third party production companies.
Accession F1981:14 includes 19 reels of miscellaneous film footage, stock shots and out-takes, on colour reversal magnetic stripe stock, except for the last roll, which is black and white.
Accession F1981:15 includes printing elements for 33 completed films. Most film printing elements consist of an A roll, produced by splicing original reversal film, and an optical sound track. A few others are more complex with A & B rolls (also spliced original reversal), sometimes C rolls and both optical track and magnetic master mix. 31 of the 33 films were produced by the Media Production Centre and present various aspects of agriculture in British Columbia and were made for educational purposes and to promote B.C. agriculture. Two other films were produced by the Department of Health on the subjects of nutrition and on radiation protection services.
Accession 95-1658 (2021:01) includes seven reels of colour reversal film, 14 release prints (9 of which are the release print of the films represented in the earlier accession of printing elements), 25 videocassettes and 1 colour slideshow with accompanying cassette tape.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (1986-1991)

Agriculture today : items and out-takes

  • GR-3937
  • Series
  • 1959-1973

The series consists of 64 film reels of stories or items (including out-takes from items) dealing with various aspects of agriculture in BC, produced for television broadcast by the Horticultural Branch of the B.C. Dept. of Agriculture, between 1959 and 1973. Topics include: cattle, chinchilla raising, diseases of plants, fruit-growing, fruit tree care, grain growing, insects, irrigation, mushroom growing, poultry raising, ranching, vegetable planting and harvesting, etc. The series was originally broadcast by CHBC-TV Kelowna, and later by several other stations as well.

British Columbia. Horticultural Branch

Regulated marketing policy development files

  • GR-2324
  • Series
  • 1988-2003

The series consists of regulated marketing policy development files created by Trade Competition Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (and its predecessor bodies), from 1988 to 2003. The files include correspondence, memoranda, reports and studies from local and other jurisdictions, relating to regulated marketing policy development issues in British Columbia. Regulated marketing issues include regulated pricing, quota allocation policy and exceptions to regulated marketing. In addition there are some trade competitiveness issue files related to food issues and international trade agreements.

The records have been classified under the Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Operational Records Classification System (ORCS) as
44100-00: Policy and procedures.
44100-03: Quota allocation policy development.
44100-20: Regulated marketing policy development issues.
46100-20: Trade Competitiveness issues.
46200-20: International agri-food trade issue.
46200-40: International trade agreements.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (2000-2005)

Agricultural program policy files

  • GR-2323
  • Series
  • 1975-1999

The series consists of eight policy files and reports relating to Agricultural programs of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, and its predecessor agencies, created from 1975 to 2001. The records have been classified under the Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Operational Records Classification System (ORCS) and consist of the following files:
21200-00 - Agricultural loans : agriculture land development assistance program (ALDA), 1975-1994
22300-00 - Agricultural loans : guarantees feeder associations program, 1990-1995
22300-00 - Agricultural loans : guarantees feeder associations program : manual of policy and procedures, 1991-1994
25200-60/EOFL - Economics of off-farm litter disposal options for South Coastal BC poultry farms, 1992
32200-00 - Education & awareness : exhibitions, fairs & societies, 1999
44200-30/BCEMB - British Columbia Egg Marketing Board : regulation impact report, 1998.
46200-40/FTAA 01 - Policy, innovation & development : Free trade of the Americas : general, 2001.
46200-40/BTISS 14 - Policy, innovation & development : bilateral trade issues : Canada/USA : cattle & beef, 1999.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (2000-2005)

Trade issues and agreements

  • GR-2322
  • Series
  • 1978-2001

The series consists of trade issues and agreement files created by Trade Competition Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (and its predecessor bodies), from 1986 to 2001 and includes some earlier files from 1978 to 1986. The files include correspondence, memoranda and reports relating to international and interprovincial trade issues and their impact on B.C.'s agriculture, fisheries and food industries, impact assessment and development of industry strategies. In addition there are policy development files regarding foreign and international trade laws and agreements, notably GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). There is also a single file documenting an inter-ministry agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways regarding FOI and records management services.

The records have been classified under the Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Operational Records Classification System (ORCS) as
46200-20: International agri-food trade issues.
46200-30: International fisheries trade issues, including driftnet fishing, international catch sharing arrangements, unprocessed fish exports etc.
46200-40: International trade agreements, includes the impact of trade agreements on B.C.'s agriculture, fisheries and food industries.
46200-50: International trade reports and studies.
46300-20: Interprovincial agri-food trade issues.
46300-40: Interprovincial trade reports and studies.
and under the Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS)
151-25: Approved inter-ministry and inter-agency agreements.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-1998)

Select Standing Committee on Agriculture reports

  • GR-3923
  • Series
  • [CA. 1977-1978]

This series consists of reports, working papers, and records used in the creation of final reports for the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture from primarily 1977-1978.

In April 1977 the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture led an investigation into the state of the province’s food industry, including an extensive research program to create detailed reports on the status of several food industries in the province, including production, processing and distribution of food products in the province. This included three phases of research:

I. The inventory and suitability of agricultural land; supply and demand for agricultural land and associated impact of land prices on food cost
II. Comparing production costs to neighboring regions; impact of marketing boards on farmer income and consumer cost
III. The cost factors, structure and performance of processing, wholesaling and retailing

The committee had its own research staff responsible for creating their final reports and created a variety of records in the process of researching and writing these reports.

Records include graphs, reports, tables, data, notes, drafts, surveys, correspondence, copies of legislation, marketing board annual reports, instructional manuals for computer systems and recording data, computer data print outs, and other reference materials used in creating reports. Records may be created by the committee or submitted to the committee from various industry groups for informational purposes.

Records address topics such as: the state of various livestock and other agricultural industries; creating a farm financial analysis system to process data; economic expansion and business practices of the food industry; consumer studies; results and impacts of government aid and legislation on farmers; marketing boards and farmer’s co-operatives for different food items and how they operate; and farming practices in various industries. Various food related industries are studied including: fish, dairy, eggs, meat, vegetables, grains, baking, and retail outlets.

These records are classified under Administrative Records Classification System number 201-01 (ARCS schedule 10001).

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Select Standing Committee on Agriculture

Soil conservation project final reports

  • GR-2321
  • Series
  • 1990-1994

The series consists of soil conservation project reports created between 1990 and 1994 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and its predecessor agency, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Canada-British Columbia Soil Conservation Program (CBCSCP) was a program created to accelerate the adoption of environmentally sustainable agricultural production systems to reduce water pollution and soil erosion. The program concluded March 31, 1994.

The records contain final reports submitted to the Ministry, arranged by project code. In some cases, the files include preliminary reports and correspondence. There are also program evaluation reports from 1994. The records have been classified as 25200-60 under the Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-1998)

ARDSA final reports

  • GR-2200
  • Series
  • 1976-1994

The series consists of ARDSA reports created between 1976 and 1994 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and its predecessor bodies. ARDSA (Agriculture and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement) was a joint Canada and British Columbia agreement, originally signed in 1977, which committed up to $60 million to projects which would identify or pursue opportunities for development in the agriculture and food sector. The original agreement was for five years with a one year extension. In 1985, ARDSA became Agri-food Regional Development Subsidiary Agreement and a new five year agreement was signed to provide $40 million to assist in the growth and development of the agri-food sector.

The records contain final ARDSA reports submitted to the Ministry, roughly arranged by date or by ARDSA project code. In some cases, the files include preliminary reports and project proposals. The records have been classified as 21700-60 under the Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).
The following ministries were responsible for the creation of these records:
Department of Agriculture (1963-1976)
Ministry of Agriculture (1976-1980)
Ministry of Agriculture and Food (1980-1986)
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (1986-1991)
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-).

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1991-1998)

Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement project photographs

  • GR-3340
  • Series
  • 1982-1984, 1992

The series consists of photographs created by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food between 1982 and 1984. These photographs were taken to document irrigation and drainage projects carried out by the Ministry under the Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement (ARDSA). ARDSA projects were managed and administered by the Agriculture and Rural Development Agreement branch (ARDA) of the Ministry. This federal-provincial program provided joint funding of up to $60 million from the federal Department of Regional Economic Expansion (DREE) and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food. ARDSA funds were directed into four areas including primary resource development funds for irrigation and drainage projects which increase the agricultural productivity of land resources. The 419 photographs in this series include black and white and colour prints and negatives, and colour slides of various projects which took place around the province. Many of the projects and locations in the photographs have been identified but some have not. Not all the prints have negatives and not all the negatives have associated prints. In addition there are negatives intermingled on the strips that appear to be personal photographs of children and houses; probably associated with the photographer. The series also includes a published copy of an executive summary which evaluated the ARDSA program in 1992.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture and Food (1980-1986)

Agriculture public information photos

  • GR-3660
  • Series
  • 1963-1984; predominant 1977-1980

Series consists of public information photographs from the Dept. of Agriculture and its successors. The photos depict a wide range of agricultural activity in the province and were used by the ministry to promote the industry and the work of the department. The photographs were originally brought together by the ministry’s Kelowna office and document many industries including farming and food processing. There are files containing images of fruit, vegetable, poultry, dairy, honey and wine production. There are also a large number of files relating to the Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement (ARDSA) which document farming and food processing as well as other areas such as irrigation and fencing.

The files have been arranged into three main groupings: ARDSA images, slide presentations, and general images. The records consist primarily of 35 mm slides although there is also one audiotape and one file that contains contact prints and negatives. Some files also contain the script that was used for presentations.
The records were selectively retained by the BC Government Records Management Branch in accordance with the Special Media records schedule (102905).

The following ministries were responsible for the creation of these records:
Department of Agriculture (1963-1976)
Ministry of Agriculture (1976-1980)
Ministry of Agriculture and Food (1980-1984)

British Columbia. Dept. of Agriculture

Agriculture risk management executive files

  • GR-3893
  • Series
  • 2004-2008

This series contains records from the Risk Management and Competitiveness Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, and later the Strategic Industry Development Branch. More specifically, these records originated in the office of Harvey Sasaki who was Assistant Deputy Minister in that division.

The records cover a variety of executive functions, notably committee work, correspondence, and briefing notes. Within committee and group work, the series contains Strategy meeting agendas and meeting minutes. These files concern agricultural issues, fisheries issues and minister’s issues. The files are accompanied by copies of presentations, technical reviews, action items, notes and reports. There are also a significant amount of files from the Canada-British Columbia Agricultural Framework Implementation Agreement Management committee, Executive/Directors meetings, Executive Committee of the Investment Agriculture Foundation. MAFF chapter leads meeting and Competitiveness Circle meetings. Please note that meetings regarding policy discussions and recommendations related to an agricultural framework for Canada can be found in GR-3894.
There are also a small number of files dealing with executive issues. These files are arranged into folders by issue and contain meeting minutes, reports, financial statements, correspondence and memos from ad-hoc groups tasked with discussing these issues. This includes topics such as the Orchard Replant Program and disaster planning, among other topics.

Briefing notes in this series cover topics related to the Risk Management and Competitiveness division and are typically destined to the attention of the Deputy Minister or Minister. Briefing notes are divided by tabs and folders contain a cover page listing a table of contents with information such as CLIFF number, issue title, date, tab number and the originating branch that sent the briefing note.

Correspondence files contain letters written by the ADM Risk Management and Competitiveness Division or letters on which the ADM was copied to. Letters are mainly replies to inquiries sent from other government agencies to Sasaki or his associates. There are also letters addressed to agricultural foundations, courts, agriculture councils and industry members.

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

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