ARPA will have the authority to collect levies and fulfill the objectives that are outlined in the published plan. The Council will secure a larger funding base, from government matching funds and potentially from a levy on imported apples (a proposal is currently being developed by a national committee of apple producers). ARPA will promote apple consumption, as well as horticultural and packing research. The Council will represent all apple producers regardless of how their apples are packed or sold.


Growers with over 2 acres of apples are eligible to vote. A registry will be maintained by an independent registrar / returning officer. All contact information for growers will be held confidentially by the registrar / returning officer. Registered growers who do not vote at initial public sessions on November 27 and 28, 2013 will receive a voting package in the mail.


For growers who are qualified to vote, but who do not received the voting package in the mail by December 15, 2013, or have misplaced the voting package, there are two ways to vote:

  1. Get a ballot mailed to your address. Contact Mike Sanders, registrar by email: bcapplecouncil@gmail.com

  2. Vote in person at the BCFGA Annual Convention. The voting table will be open from 10 am to noon, February 15, 2014, at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel in Kelowna.

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