"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. …


Water Act Revitalized

Around us and below us runs the life force that we as a province need to protect at all costs. We depend on it daily, and we are all responsible for the planning and management of it. Water: the precious resource that requires responsible stewardship and governance. We cannot afford …


Antibiotic Resistance in Canadian Livestock

There is increasing awareness amongst public health officials in Canada about the emerging threat of antibiotic resistance, a threat which if left unchecked could see the end of many of the effective treatments for common bacterial infections which we have become used to in the modern world. Reports of resistance …

Precision Ag

Precision Agriculture Steering Us into the Future

The latest UN population projections predict that between now and 2050 the world’s population will have grown by 2.5 billion people, and will be one third higher than today. However, the agricultural production systems which are needed to feed this population are coming under greater pressure from climate change, dwindling …


Canada-EU trade talks: The end of the road?

The trade talks between Canada and the European Union (EU), which began in 2009, finally ended on September 25, 2014 with an agreement in principle signed between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and José Manuel Barrosso, the EU Commission President. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) when implemented will remove …


Agriburbia: Where do we grow from here?

Agriburbia is a developing urban movement that combines agrarianism, which values rural society as superior to urban society, with land development. It’s about making better use of the land upon which we’re sprawled and being aware of what is growing in our own backyard; a new way of viewing agriculture …


Optimism Rising in BC Hog Industry Despite Ongoing Challenges

words: Grant Ullyot BC hog producers are keeping a wary eye open for any sign that the virus (porcine epidemic diarrhea or PED) has infected pigs in BC. The virus, which spread from China in 2013, has invaded over 30 states in America, killing over 7 million pigs. PED has …


Credit Check: Choosing the right financing tool for the job

words: Jim Narraway When it comes to tools of the trade, farmers understand the importance of using tools appropriate for the work at hand. Using the right tool equals the right results. Knowing which financial tools are best suited to meet a particular financial need can be difficult, if not …


Why European Agriculture Developed Faster Than South America’s (Part 7)

Jagmeet Khabra For the rest of the series, click here: PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 PART 6 Why European Agriculture Developed Faster Than South America’s The domestication of animals played a crucial role in the agricultural revolution in both Europe and South America. In Europe, domestication helped farmers to become more efficient …


Why European Agriculture Developed Faster Than South America’s (Part 6)

Jagmeet Khabra For the rest of the series, click here: PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 The New World The term “the New World” describes the western hemisphere, specifically the Americas. The term originated in the early 15th or 16th century, when Christopher Columbus arrived and effectively “discovered” the last of the …