DF&WT Program Coordinator, Christine Terpsma, and Khalil Walji, part of the UBC team monitoring the effects of GLSAs

The Fallow Fields

Delta Soil Productivity Evaluation Driving through the Fraser Valley, one can easily spot many high-yield forage fields dotting the landscape. These fields are integral to local food production as dairy farmers depend on them to provide feed for their cattle. The productivity of these fields is not only measured by …

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Waste and Water Management

Waste Not, Want Not!

Getting the most out of manure Cate Pedersen Farmers are responsible for the safe disposal of the manure from their animals and much of it is treated on site and redistributed on the land. The current system is expensive, time consuming, loses much of the valuable nutrients and puts a …

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Agricultural Bioscience International Conference (ABIC) 2015

Modern Agriculture in Australia

By Tom Baumann Part 1: Global Agriculture Conference What do you do if someone invites you to a conference in Australia and they promise to foot the bill? Yes, that is easy, clear your schedule and go. I was joined by Zach Fleming from the University of the Fraser Valley …

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Cow Stall Comfort

A Free-Stall Base Comparison Kaitlyn Gisler Consumers are demanding that the milk they drink is from comfortable and well-cared for cows. Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has launched the proAction initiative in response to concerned consumers. This initiative presents farmers with a means to evaluate their operations and retain control …

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Branding Your Farm

How NOT to become the next media sensation Like any business, we all want to be top of mind, with recognition for our superior product and expertise. What we don’t want to be known for are moments of poor judgement, or employees who act without care for their conduct. Unfortunately …

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Cow Comfort at Calving

Anyone who works in the dairy industry will be aware that there is tremendous variation in maternity pen design. Part of the reason for this variability is a lack of research on what types of environments are best for the cow while she is giving birth. Research at UBC has …

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Ravens Brewing Company owner, Paul Sweeting

Ravens Brewing Company: Building a Better Brew

Locals combine forces to make beer a truly Fraser Valley experience Ronda Payne The last high volume harvest of BC hops occurred close to 20 years ago. Hops production in the Fraser Valley effectively ended at that point and may have stayed dormant if it weren’t for the growth of …

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Robot Dairy

Mechanical Milkers: The cream of the crop By Jörg M. Unger There is neither shouting nor calling in the barn. Just one of the waiting cows is mooing and some muted music can be heard from a radio in the distance. Calmness and silence have priority in the cow house. …

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Out, Spot, Out! Arctic apple and non-browning potato

by Ronda Payne More than aesthetics, science is breeding new, non-browning produce with additional benefits. Manipulating genetics of produce comes up against its share of critics, but the science behind the new non-browning Arctic apples and Innate potatoes is designed to do more than improve the look of food—it’s intended …

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Masa Shiroki's 6-row rice planter

From Glass to Table: Rice Production in the Fraser Valley

By Lynda Grace Philippsen Though Canada doesn’t have a rice-farming culture, yet, Masa Shiroki reminds people that at one time no one considered Canada suitable for wine production—and now we are winning international awards for it. So, why not experiment with rice and rice wine too? Shiroki is the first …

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