Every regional panel consists of a vice chair and two commissioners, each of whom were just appointed earlier in the week.
In Fort St. John, Sandra Busche, appointed for a term of 3 years, is the newest commissioner on the North panel.
Busche is the administrator and bookkeeper for Eagle Vision Video Productions Ltd., a company that she and her husband started over 15 years ago. Her experience in aerial photography, according to the ACL, has given her insight into the Agriculture, Forestry, and Oil and Gas industries.
Previously, she was the administrator and accounts payable for Murphy Oil Co., and before that she was a personal care aide at Holly MacDonald House.
Busche completed her Bookkeeping certificate at Northern Lights College.
The new vice chair of the North panel is Dave Merz, appointed on a four year term and a resident of Fort Fraser.
Merz is the owner and operator of Nechako Bend Ranch Ltd. with almost 50 years of experience in British Columbia’s Agriculture industry.
Active in his community, he serves as a member of the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District Area Planning Commission and as chair of the Fort Fraser Volunteer Fire Department.
Previously, Merz served as president of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association; chair of the Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund; chair of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society; member of the B.C. Farm Industry Review Board; and member for Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs for the Northern Interior Regional Advisory Committee.
He holds his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering from Oregon State University.
Rolla is also being represented in the North by Garry Gregson Scott.
Other panels include the Interior, the Island, the Kootenay, the South Coast, and the Okanogan.
The ALC is responsible for determining the fate of farm land or other agriculturally-rich areas when, and if it’s being considered for a separate purpose, effectively removing it from the Agricultural Land Reserve.