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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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Homegrown and Keepin’ it Real:

High Valley’s journey from farm to famedom Cate Pedersen Winner of “Group of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association award show, High Valley are floating on cloud 9! The Rempel brothers recently performed a hometown show for their fans and shared their story with Modern Agriculture Magazine. Brad …

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The Journey to Organic Dairy Farming

The Path to Organic: One dairy farmer’s transition journey

Julaine Treur Since announcing our plans to transition to organic farming nearly three years ago, my husband and I have heard many assumptions about this type of farming. When talking about our plans, it wasn’t uncommon to hear these types of responses: “The only difference between conventional and organic farming …

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Blackberries: How to tame the Berry Beast

Here in the Fraser Valley, blackberries are part of our lives, like it or not. They are an emblem of the indomitable spirit . . . digging in and surviving against all odds, whether wanted or not. Getting rid of blackberries can be a challenge, as all gardeners and farmers …

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"Hogging off" might be one solution

The Uncertain Future of the BC Hog Industry

Paul Pryce Asia has a ravenous appetite for pork—South Koreans reportedly consumed 1.08 million tons of pork in 2012 while Japan consumed roughly 2.53 million tons the same year. For its part, China eats 53 million tons of pork annually, accounting for approximately half of the world’s annual pork consumption. …

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Family Farm Tour Adventures

By Cate Pedersen, Editor Looking for some fun, interactive farm visits for you and your family? There are many to choose in BC, offering different experiences for young and old. More and more people want to understand life on the farm. Parents and their children benefit from visiting growers and farmers, …

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Agriculture Safari into the Fraser Valley

Cate Pedersen, Editor, Modern Agriculture Magazine Much of my time is spent in the office working on the stories we feature in Modern Agriculture Magazine, and it is a real treat when I get to visit the farms and farmers in their native habitat. I recently got to spend a …

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Brewing up business

Brewing Up Business: Olds College Brewmaster Program Taps Into Agriculture Industry

With over 100 successful microbreweries in BC and Alberta, it is no secret that Canadians love a refreshing and delicious local beer. This undying love for the nation’s favourite beverage has prompted innovations in the brewing industry, much like the formation of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program at Olds …

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Farming Simulator 15 Review

Farming Simulator 15       Overview of Farming Simulator 15 Modern Farming at its finest, in a video game format which is sure to keep you hooked for hours. A relaxing simulation that allows you to think/plan strategically with your very own virtual farm. Manage a farm with up to …

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Adaptable-Agriculture

Adaptable Agriculture: Cropping under Climatic Change

Jonathan Lloyd Farmers are all too aware of extreme weather, having to cope with drought, flooding, or heavy snow, and the impact on business and livelihoods. Even today with highly globalized agricultural markets, poor weather, and poor crop-producing conditions in Brazil, the US or another major crop producing country can …

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