Minister Pillai (responsible for agriculture), representatives from Wildlife Branch, and the acting director of agriculture joined the board meeting to review new updates about the management of elk herds in the territory, especially those in the Takhini Valley
The annual population census of elk will take place this month
YAA is preparing to work with Yukon Archives to donate several boxes of documents as well as photo albums. This work was prompted by the work of Sally Robinson who is curating an exhibition about Yukon agriculture, which will take place at Arts Underground in the summer of 2021
Yukon’s chief veterinary officer also joined the meeting to discuss the Sheep and Goat Control Order, related to a request for more information
Wendy Morrison joined the meeting in her role as a consultant who is training YAA in preparation for the negotiation of a new Transfer Payment Agreement
The board decided to renew current Custodians of YAA’s rental equipment have
A committee has been formed to start drafting YAA’s new strategic plan. The current plan expires this year. The board is asked to contribute to the development of a member survey, which will be managed by Stratus Ag Research
Mario reported back to the board about discussions at the Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee held in December
On behalf of YAA membership, board members who are not connected to abattoirs or butchers will complete a questionnaire about meat processing. It will be submitted to Jesse Walchuk by January 29th. Board members whose businesses are connected to abattoirs will be submitting individual responses.
The Fairgrounds Use Policy Committee will be meeting soon to respond to two requests for the use of YAA’s fairgrounds in the summer of 2021. A draft policy has been completed. The committee will finalize the policy and report back to the board in February
This meeting was Jennifer Hall’s last board meeting. The board thanked her for her dedication to YAA and five years of service. Jennifer’s last day is January 28th.