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Automation Nation

The Future of Robotics in Agriculture By Tom Baumann, Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley Who’s going to look after our robots, fandangled machines and electronics? Automation Technicians, of course… I sat writing this article as my students wrote their final exam for the introductory agriculture course …

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GryphSens: Testing For Severe Cattle Diseases

Until recently, dairy farmers have been hindered in their ability to quickly detect possible reasons for a reduction in milk production among their herds. One reason might be sub-clinical ketosis (SCK) when an affected cow appears to be well and only becomes observably distressed when SCK becomes full ketosis and …

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Bee Vectoring: Pollination and Crop Protection

Cate Pedersen Lately, the buzz has been all about the bees—and with good reason. Climate change and pesticide use has been blamed for the decline of bee populations around the world. Scientists are in agreement across the board that the bee decline will have devastating effects on global food production. …

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Blueberries to China:

BC Berries Take on New Roles and Regions Ronda Payne here’s something about big, luscious blueberries from British Columbia. While locals have always known BC berries are the best, people around the world are beginning to get the message and it’s leading to a lot of demand. June 2015 marked …

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From Tank to Table: Granpa Dome Revolutionizes the Factory Farm

Lynda Grace Philippsen After a career in banking, Japanese entrepreneur Takaaki Abe entered a second line of business in his early sixties. He had witnessed firsthand the financial struggles faced by farmers. However, on visits abroad he had visited profitable agricultural enterprises which prompted him to consider fresh options for …

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Small Beans? The Future of BC Lentils

By Paul Pryce With the agreement reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on October 5, 2015, opportunities to expand Canadian agricultural exports to Asia and the Americas will be high on the minds of farmers across the country. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Pork Council, among others, were …

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GMOs: How necessary are they?

Editorial Does your food contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Unless you eat only organic, chances are a good portion of your food has some form of GMO in it. From your morning toast, to your mid-day salad, to your evening ice cream, all can contain some form of modified organism. …

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The Outlook for Organic Farming

Jonathan Lloyd, Agricultural Consultant, Farmlytics Organic production has traditionally been one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture driven by increased consumer concerns about the use of pesticides and fertilizer along with concern for health. While the total number of farms in Canada declined by 17% from 2001 to 2013, …

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Pest Profile: Voles

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. Vole Biology There are multiple species of voles, also known as field mice, present in the Fraser Valley. The most common …

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Nematode Management

Strategies for organic and precision farming Organic farming is a method of agriculture where no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are used, (FAO, 1998) while precision farming can be defined as the use of information and information technology to make implement management decisions at appropriate scales. Nematode management plays an important …

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