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Agri-Tech & the 9 Billion: Feeding the World in 2050

 by Cate Pedersen Earth’s forecasted population for 2050 varies, but it is agreed among the experts that our planet will be supporting over 9 billion of us in the very near future. The increase in population will put pressure on the finite resources of arable land, fresh water and sources …

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What Happens When Farming Goes High-Tech?

An amazing infographic short film by National Geographic. Soil maps, GPS guidance, and even drones are becoming critical tools for modern farmers. These methods of precision agriculture can help increase yields and efficiency—and save farmers a surprising sum along the way.

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ANRON Green Poultry Composter On Farm

Innovative Mechanical Composter has been in operation at Poultry Farm in Abbotsford, BC since July 2012. Shane Driessen of G&G Poultry talks about how this new technology has impacted his Farm.

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Bio-Control

Bio-Control: Probiotic Microorganisms for Healthier Animals and Crops

What is Bio-Control? Microorganisms have developed many mechanisms to ensure their survival in the ongoing competition for food and space that occurs between the helpful (probiotic) microorganisms and disease-causing (pathogenic) microorganisms. Bio-control technology harnesses the beneficial, naturally occurring mechanisms that allow producers to improve and maintain livestock and crop health, …

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Brewing Up Business: Olds College Brewmaster Program Taps Into Agriculture Industry

With over 100 successful microbreweries in BC and Alberta, it is no secret that Canadians love a refreshing and delicious local beer. This undying love for the nation’s favourite beverage has prompted innovations in the brewing industry, much like the formation of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program at Olds …

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Farming Simulator 15 Review

Farming Simulator 15       Overview of Farming Simulator 15 Modern Farming at its finest, in a video game format which is sure to keep you hooked for hours. A relaxing simulation that allows you to think/plan strategically with your very own virtual farm. Manage a farm with up to …

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En Gourde

En Gourd!

Once they get warmed up, drinking gourd vines grow fast. So fast, it’s easy to imagine that they are only motionless when they are being watched. But that’s later in the story. The story really starts over ten thousand years ago. Drinking gourds have been entangled with civilization since it …

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BC AgriFood

2014 was Record year for BC Agri Foods exports

B.C. agrifoods exports were up about 11% in 2014, reaching the highest total ever, just shy of a total $3 billion in exports. Where are we shipping our agriculture and seafood products? The top three export markets for BC were: United States: $2.04 billion, up 12% from $1.8 billion. China: $264 million, …

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NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission

When you think of NASA, images of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s space boots touching down on the moon usually come to mind. But as of 6:20 a.m. PST on Jan. 31, 2015, NASA’s focus now includes the soil beneath a different pair of boots—right here on Earth. NASA’s first …

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Rapid-Detection

Is a Rapid Detection Tool for Bird Flu on the Horizon?

From China to the United States, the avian influenza continues to endanger both poultry and man. Also known as bird flu, this viral disease has rendered 3 to 5 million people severely ill while 250,000 to 500,000 have lost their lives. Type A, especially strains A (H5N1) and A (H7N9), …

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