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Being a Buzzkill: Threats to the Health of BC’s Bees

Cate Pedersen Without the actions of pollinators, two thirds of all flowering plants, and one third of the world’s food would disappear, but more investigation and education is needed to effectively support bee colonies and understand the complex issues that threaten bee health. Jeff Lee, owner of Honey Bee Zen …

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The Slow Ride of Pears

Ronda Payne Not as popular as the apple, but a delightful fruit in its own right, the pear has ardent supporters. Hank Markgraf, Grower Services Manager with BC Tree Fruits will tell you there’s no fast ride to getting new pears into grower fields. Pears aren’t nearly as precocious as …

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Hemp is a rapidly renewable resource that does not require pesticides and is easily, and legally, grown here in Canada.

Hemp Housing and the Future of Farming

By Cathy Finley After a devastating house fire, we find ourselves about to embark on a new house build. Except this isn’t your average new house. We have an extra pressure pulling and shaping our every decision…accountability. We spent the last four years building a sustainable permaculture farm in Langley, …

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“Before the Plate”:
 A movie starring your food on a journey from farm to fork

“Before the Plate”: A movie starring your food on a journey from farm to fork

By Cate Pedersen Dylan Sher’s trek into the field of agriculture began with a high school course in farming. Living just outside the city of Toronto offered him little exposure to agriculture, but something about it attracted him and he held on to the romantic notion of one day owning …

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A BLOOMing Good Time: Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival

It’s early in June, 2017, and the flood of spring visitors to the Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival has ended, but the work for next year’s event has just begun. Overseeing the digging up of the tulip bulbs to place in storage, and preparing for the 2018 season keeps owner Alexis …

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Ecoation Signals a New Age of Agriculture

Dr. Saber Miresmailli is the Founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (Ecoation), located in North Vancouver, BC. Dr. Miresmailli’s patent-pending technology predicts crop health before signs of pests, disease or deficiencies are visible to growers. Plants change their appearance throughout the day and give off physiological signals that …

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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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