Ag Working Group

Moving Agriculture Forward

Project Background and Description

The North Cariboo Community Opportunities Session was held on September 20, 2016 to support increased economic development and diversification with a focus on small business. Representatives from First Nations, other levels of government, and community leaders collaborated with North Cariboo region stakeholders on future economic opportunities.

Following the session, the Quesnel Small Business Resource Team and other key stakeholder groups including agriculture, moved forward the implementation of the priority actions identified at the meeting, by holding a “Working Group” session on October 7th, 2016. During this session, the status of the priority actions was discussed and working group team leaders identified. The North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Association (dba FARMED) was selected as the team leader for the Agriculture Working Group. Through further outreach members of the Agriculture Working Group were identified and a Terms of Reference developed. 

Project Scope

The purpose of the Agriculture Working Group is to support the implementation of the priority actions 

Identified at the North Cariboo Opportunities Session, which include:

  • The formation of an Agricultural Development Advisory Committee;
  • Furthering progress on the Quesnel Agriculture Centre Feasibility Study;
  • Developing an agricultural employment strategy; and
  • Developing a marketing plan for the “Grown for you” brand.

For information on the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee go to:

Progress Report

The Agriculture Working Group is pleased to announce approval by the Cariboo Regional District for the formation of a North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee (ADAC) through the North Cariboo economic development function and the adoption on April 13, 2018 of the CRD North Cariboo Rural Agricultural Development Advisory Committee Bylaw No. 5137, 2018.

The purpose of the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee of the North Cariboo includes:

  • Partnering with local government to further economic development and build critical mass within the industry;
  • Providing a coordinating body for accessing funding for major projects;
  • Providing links between producers, processors, agriculture organizations, Farmers Institutes and government at all levels;
  • Raising awareness of agriculture; and
  • Enhancing an understanding of agriculture’s role in the local and/or regional economy.

Agricultural Development Advisory Committee North Cariboo


Organization Name
Kersley Farmers Institute Martin Rossmann – Chair
BC Forage Council – North Cariboo Representative Sheri Schweb – Secretary
Quesnel Farmers’ Market Rob Borsato – Treasurer
Quesnel Cattlemen’s Association Erin Durrell
Horticulture Roy Josephy
Post-Secondary Education-CNC To be determined
Ministry of Agriculture Nicole Pressey
CRD Liaison CRD Vice-Chair John Massier

North Cariboo Agricultural Working Group



Lori Fogarty

Agriculture Working Group Team Leader; Secretary FARMED; Secretary Growing North Cariboo Society

Nicole Pressey

Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Agrologist, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Lynda Atkinson

Secretary Kersley Farmers Institute; Vice- President FARMED & Growing North Cariboo Society; Director BC Agriculture Council & Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Wilma Watkin

Treasurer FARMED; Treasurer Growing North Cariboo Society; Treasurer Kersley Farmers Institute

Wylie Bystedt

President, BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM); Director, Quesnel Farmers’ & McLeese Lake Farmers Market; President, North Cariboo Sheep Producers Association and Cariboo Central Interior Poultry Producers Association

Emily Colombo

Community Wildfire Recovery Branch – Acting Manager, Cariboo Region; Rural Development, Lands and Innovation Division Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development

Laurey-Anne Roodenburg

North Central Local Government Association

Greg Brink

President, Alex Fraser Park Society

Janet Knopp

FARMED; Growing North Cariboo Society

David Zirnhelt

Applied Research-BC Cattlemen’s Association; TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching; Chair-Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance

Martin Rossmann

Quesnel Cattlemen’s; Kersley Farmers Institute

Morgan Ross

CNC Quesnel – Principal

Serena Black

Manager; BC Forage Council

Rob Borsato

Chair, Kersley Farmers Institute; Director, Quesnel Farmers Market



For more information on the Agriculture Working Group contact

For information on the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee go to: