Agrologists visit valley

The B.C. Institute of Agrologists is holding its 68th conference and annual general meeting.

Professional agrologists will be arriving in the Okanagan from Thursday to Saturday for the B.C. Institute of Agrologists’ 68th conference and annual general meeting.

Two hundred guests will attend the annual event in Kelowna and they will explore orchards, vineyards, packinghouses, composting facilities, laboratories and nurseries throughout the Okanagan.

“Agrologists from all over B.C. will have a chance to discover what the experience economy is in the Okanagan, touring orchards in bloom, visiting the century-old Summerland Ornamental Gardens, and tasting local wines and beer at their finest,” said John Garland, president of the BCIA’s Okanagan branch.

In addition to the field tours, communication workshops are also on the agenda.

Experts from the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus and panel guests will work with BCIA members to develop media communication and expert witness skills, create effective presentations, and use social media.

Dr. David Chanasyk, a professor from the University of Alberta, will deliver the conference keynote address.

Chanasyk’s expertise is in hydrology, soil physics and reclamation.

Presentations of the BCIA mentor of the year award are a highlight of the banquet and entertainment will be provided by the Sonny Boys from Vernon.

“The 2015 BCIA conference and AGM offers new ideas, interesting people to meet and beautiful sites to see,” said Garland.

“Participants will leave with an understanding of the experience economy, Okanagan-style, and new friends and colleagues.”

For more information about the conference, go to www.bcia.com.