September 25, 2020 Newsletter
This is the 17th issue of our electronic news update.
Allocation Update
Regional allocations for periods A-163 and A-164 Next Steps
As a result of differences in market demands between the western provinces and the rest of Canada due to COVID-19, the CFC directors agreed to regional allocations in A-163 and A-164. The western provinces received 7.5% and 5.1% higher allocations, respectively in periods A-163 and A-164. In order to maintain equity and balance across all Canadian provinces, the CFC directors have approved a formula that will in effect repatriate missed production to Central and Atlantic chicken growers as follows:

Framework for periods A-163 and A-164 regional allocation kilogram recovery process:
• The recovery kilograms for periods A-163 and A-164 will be pooled together for a total of 5,309,340 kg eviscerated.
• Recovery will begin once markets have stabilized, and it will begin after two consecutive periods with national allocations set at 1% or higher above base allocation.
• Recovery will take place over a minimum of twelve allocation periods, not necessarily consecutive, to minimize the impact on all provinces as much as possible.
• Recovery over the minimum twelve allocation periods will only occur in periods when national allocation is set at 1% or higher above the base allocation.
• Recovery will take place in a minimum of twelve equal periodic amounts but will not result in any of the provinces’ allocations that have to return kilograms to Central and Eastern provinces to go below 0.5% of its base; if the recovery amount is less than the calculated periodic amount, the periodic amount for the following periods will be adjusted accordingly and/or the number of recovery periods will be extended.
• Recovery kilograms will be applied after all other components of the allocation formula have been applied.
• Recovery kilograms will be excluded from the initial base allocation calculations. When calculating the initial base allocations for periods A-169 and A-170, provincial domestic allocations for period A-163 and A-164 will be deemed to have been set at base to avoid unintended consequences on future base allocations and market shares. When calculating the initial base allocations for periods beyond A-170, the domestic allocations used in calculating the initial bases for future periods will be adjusted for recovery kilograms to avoid unintended consequences on future base allocations and market shares.
• Recovery kilograms will be excluded from the Atlantic Canada Safeguard Agreement eligibility calculations.

Note: As A-167 was set at .5% above base, the earliest period that the recovery process could begin would be A-170, but only if A-168 AND A-169 are set at a minimum of 1% above base nationally.

Update to annual licence fees for all growers, hatcheries, processors, transporters, chick brokers and chicken catching contractors

The Directors of the BC Chicken Marketing Board have approved a new two tiered licencing system with fees ranging from $0 to $150 based on a deadline for remittance of December 31st of the current year.
This change will take affect for all 2021 BCCMB licences.

The new policy in summary:
• All completed licence renewals received by December 31, 2020 will be processed for a fee of $0.00
• All licences received after December 31, 2020 will be processed at a fee of $150.00

We expect to send out licence renewal applications to all BCCMB licence holders by the end of October in order to provide adequate time for all licence holders to take advantage of this policy amendment.
B. Vanderspek
Executive Director

Holiday Update
BCCMB Holiday Office Hours:
Thursday, December 24
8:00 AM to noon
Friday, December 25
Closed –Merry Christmas
Monday, December 28
Closed- for Boxing Day
Tuesday, December 29
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, December 30
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday, December 31
8:00 AM to noon
Friday, January 1
Closed- Happy New Year
Monday, January 4
Normal schedule resumes 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Christmas Luncheon Update
Our annual BCCMB luncheon at Newland’s Golf and Country Club has become a tradition over many years and one that we all look forward to. A few years ago we had to cancel this event on very short notice due to an Avian Influenza situation in the Fraser Valley.
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions on group sizes and physical distancing have led to the cancellation of this year’s luncheon which is regrettable, but unavoidable at this time.
We will look forward to being able to be able to host this event once again in 2021.
Broiler Quota Ads 

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BC Agriculture News
CleanFarms will be collecting unwanted pesticides and animal meds on Vancouver Island from October 5-9 and in the Fraser Valley Region October 12-16, 2020. Okanagan collection will take place in the Fall of 2021.
The grandfathering period for manufactured homes in the ALR is being extended. Landowners in the ALR will have until July 31, 2021 to obtain the required permits and authorizations to place a manufactured additional residence for immediate family on their property without having to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission.  
Learn more here.
In memory of Stewart Paulson
Stewart Paulson passed away peacefully at home on August 12, 2020. Stew worked as the Poultry Industry Specialist for the BC Ministry of Agriculture and was a champion of the poultry industry for many years.
Family and friends are establishing a Stewart Paulson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The fund will support graduate students whose theses focus on sustainable poultry or animal production and marketing. 

Find out more here.
Click here to read the August/September edition of Chicken Farmers of Canada newsletter "The Chicken Farmer."
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