Sun & Heat Stress Safety for B.C.’s Agriculture Workers

                       MEDIA RELEASE     Sun & Heat Stress Safety for B.C.’s Agriculture Workers   Langley, B.C. / August 10, 2017 – There are over 24,000 people employed in British Columbia’s agriculture industry and sun and heat exposure are workplace hazards for many of them. Agriculture workers have a 2.5-3.5 times greater risk of …

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Handling Heat Stress: Dairy herd signs & symptoms

With temperatures expected to soar in the Fraser Valley in the coming days, we turn to an article from two years ago, written by Kaitlyn Gisler which contains advice from local vets at Agwest Veterinary Group. Agwest Veterinary Group, a large animal clinic situated in Matsqui and serving farmers in …

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AgSafe – What B.C.’s farmers and ranchers can do in the face of a wildfire

Langley, B.C. / July 4, 2017 – Approximately 2,000 wildfires occur each year in British Columbia. The effect of wildfires on the province’s agriculture community can be devastating and costly. More than half of the wildfires in 2016 were caused by humans. With the wildfire season upon on us in B.C., there are measures …

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BC New Democrats Announce Minister of Agriculture

2017-07-18 BC NDP Announces Minister of Agriculture

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Four Years Post Uganda

A changed view of agriculture . . . and life By Ronda Payne It’s never a straight line that leads to the path that needs to be taken. Gary Jones, School of Horticulture department co-chair and faculty with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), can attest to that. It wasn’t his background …

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Not in My Backyard!

A farmer’s view on “Factory Farms” By Cathy Finley As farming and its future changes, farmers are presented with new and more complex challenges almost daily. Add to this the subject that is not news to anyone—population growth. According to statistics for BC, Vancouver’s population density increased to 3,100 persons/km2 …

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Pest Profile: Yellow Rust

By Greg Welfing Pest Profile is a recurring feature in this magazine. Periodically we pick an agricultural pest to feature and learn more about its biology and control methods. Yellow rust is a plant disease caused by the fungus Phragmidium rubi-idaei. It is a very common disease affecting red raspberries …

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An Experience to Remember: Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery

Maan Farms has been part of the Abbotsford farming community for 40 years. When Kris and Devinder Maan took over from Kris’s parents when they retired, the family-run farm grew even more as the Maans, with children Preena, Gurleen, Gaurav and Amir, expanded to include opportunities for the community to …

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Crops and climate change: Keep the old but bring in the new!

Crops & Climate Change:

Keep the old, but bring in the new! By Tom Baumann I have in past issues tackled the influence of pipelines on agriculture land, the reduction of land in the most productive region in Canada, and what climate change could mean to us. This time, I am examining the potential …

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New Pests in the Fraser Valley

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Two years ago, one of our contributors wrote about the possibility that the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) would find its way into Fraser Valley fields—now it’s a reality. There was some fear about the possible infestation among small fruit growers at that time, but hazelnuts …

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