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FARMING VIA THE INTERNET

Furthering Investment in Agriculture Jeana Cadby Running a farm is risky business, especially when it comes to investments. Changing markets, small margins, and weather-dependent revenues are all ingredients for a make-or-break situation. However, stability in the form of tech has come to light as a great partner for farmers who …

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Dealing with Drought

Jeana Cadby The global water shortage has inspired fast action towards sustainable water usage, especially within the agricultural sector. As one of the biggest users of water worldwide, agriculture is especially vulnerable to drought and extreme weather conditions. In addition to unpredictable water quality and availability, farmers around the world …

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CSI: CROP SCENE INVESTIGATIONS

Bal Cheema You walk outside on what appears to be an exceptional summer’s day. The sun is rising, and the scent of new beginnings fills your nostrils. The birds are chirping, the rooster is crowing, verifying it is indeed day break and not just a vivid dream. Or perhaps it …

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Centrifuges a Good Option for Dairy Manure Nutrient Management

Some dairy farms in BC produce more manure phosphorus than is required by their crops resulting in the gradual buildup of surplus phosphorus in their soils. The reason for this buildup is that phosphorus is imported onto BC dairy farms in the form of feedstuffs and fertilizers, while a smaller …

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JOURNEY TO THE RED PLANET

Finding Ways to Feed the Future By Jade L. Sherwood As life continues here on Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX have announced their plans to further explorations deeper into space than we have ever been before. NASA is planning its first manned trip to the …

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AQUAPONICS

Balance of Inputs Creates Flavourful Outputs Ronda Payne Mother Nature really does grow the best tasting food, but how does she do it? Some would say it’s best to leave well enough alone, but others challenge that notion and set out to mimic Mother Nature’s tasty work. It’s something Stephanie …

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Pasture-raised pigs at Laurica Farm in Langley, BC

Not Like Lambs to Slaughter

Small-scale Producers Ready for Change  By Cathy Finley Small-scale animal agriculture is looking treacherous for those of us who dedicate our livelihoods to it. A myriad of challenges and concerns are growing within our community of small farmers about the feasibility of providing well-raised meat animals to a growing client …

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SNOW, HAIL, WIND & WATER: We call that winter in BC!

Tom Baumann It seems like just yesterday that I commented on the 2016-2017 winter—a tough one that didn’t want to quit. The winter of 2017-2018 turned out to be quite similar. Maybe the bears are smarter than us after all—they just go and hibernate. Preferably, I’d like to go somewhere …

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The Highs and Lows of Tunnels

Earlier this year, Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate at Pennsylvania State University, spoke at the Pacific Agriculture Show about the pros and cons of growing under plastic tunnels, the differences between high and low tunnels, and production results for tunnel-grown berries. Demchak shared information and compared data on high and …

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A Water Buffalo Love Affair

Ronda Payne Water Buffalo Pioneers There isn’t a Canadian water buffalo herd any further west than Coleman Meadows Farm in Port Alberni. Given that the herd travelled all the way from Ontario in 2011, the animals have quite the background, and their owners Jennifer and Russell Dyson are glad they …

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