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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

Cathy Finley Recently, BC Farm Fresh published an image on their social media with this quote: “No one works harder than a farmer, except maybe a farmer’s wife.” It really got my goat! Was this a disproportionate response? I can often recognize that I am a little too reactive as …

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Abbotsford ALR

A Division Among Neighbours A look back at the 2017 controversy surrounding the decision to remove Abbotsford farm land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. We will be watching for the decision by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission. Ronda Payne “The City in the Country” is Abbotsford’s moniker. And opponents to the municipality’s …

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Innovation’s the Key to Vertical Farming

Jonathan Lloyd Vertical agriculture is often synonymous with hydroponic farming systems, but is not necessarily the same thing—hydroponic systems are growing crops without soil, in an artificial medium, and this can be done within a conventional greenhouse layout. However, more and more hydroponic producers are shifting away from traditional flatbed …

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Modern Dairy Vet Tech

Proactive Dairy Veterinary Medicine Ronda Payne Who better to take on dairy veterinary medicine than someone who has lived on a dairy farm? Often, it’s that love of the herd that leads skilled veterinarians to explore new tools and techniques for ways to keep cows living longer and healthier lives …

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Smoking Hot Season of 2017

Tom Baumann The 2017 Fraser Valley growing season started quite late; there was snow on the ground in patches through April and it didn’t get very warm at all. Then it started to rain and didn’t stop well into June. Along came the start of summer on June 21st and, …

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Sunny Side Up for BC’s Egg Industry

Paul Pryce British Columbia’s egg industry may not be Canada’s largest—the province accounts for only 12.5% of Canadian laying egg hatcheries— but it certainly shows substantial leadership in agri-tech innovation. For example, for consumers who show an increasing interest in animal welfare and how their food is produced, it is …

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JD Farms: Family-run poultry producers

Marilyn Morgan My parents, Jack and Debbie Froese, are the owners and founders of JD Farms Specialty Turkey, a family-run producer of specialty turkeys located in the beautiful Fraser Valley in Langley, BC. Jack and Debbie grew up on farms in the Fraser Valley and continued their farming tradition with …

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Greenfield Natural Meat Co.

Raising better meat for better living A growing number of Canadian meat consumers are not only concerned about the quality of the meat they buy, but also want to know where and how the animals are raised. The Canadian meat industry in general would want to reassure consumers that the …

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Connecting with Food: Urban farms bridge gaps

By Marina Gibson Take a deep breath. Don’t rush. What I really love about farming is being outdoors, with the soil, the seeds and the plants. In this moment, I’m indoors in a darkened theatre, about to walk onstage. Looking out at the sea of faces, I wonder how I …

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Silage Making

YEAR-ROUND FORAGE THROUGH PRESERVATION Raj Kumar, Rubina Gill, Bheru Lal Kumhar and Seema Jat, Dayanand College, Ajmer and Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner The basic function of silage making is to store and preserve feed for later use with minimal loss of nutritional qualities. Silage can be called the fermented …

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