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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Grape Grabber in action

The Science of Wine: The Quest for the Perfect Grape

By Cate Pedersen The senses unravel the mysteries of a fine wine—a vintner can read the subtlety in colour, clarity, weight, density, smell, and taste; with eyes, nose and tongue telling the story of the journey from vine to glass. This part is really the dénouement of the winemaking tale. …

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