Kibaale School in Uganda

Four Years Post Uganda

A changed view of agriculture . . . and life By Ronda Payne It’s never a straight line that leads to the path that needs to be taken. Gary Jones, School of Horticulture department co-chair and faculty with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), can attest to that. It wasn’t his background …

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The Beauty of Sedum

Green Roofs & Food for Bees By Cate Pedersen Jake De Bruin, owner of BNC Ornamentals in the Lower Mainland, was certified as a landscaper in Holland. He learned about horticulture from a young age watching his family work in nurseries growing crops like tomatoes and peppers. “It always stays …

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Agri-Tech & the 9 Billion: Feeding the World in 2050

 by Cate Pedersen Earth’s forecasted population for 2050 varies, but it is agreed among the experts that our planet will be supporting over 9 billion of us in the very near future. The increase in population will put pressure on the finite resources of arable land, fresh water and sources …

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Blueberries to China:

BC Berries Take on New Roles and Regions Ronda Payne here’s something about big, luscious blueberries from British Columbia. While locals have always known BC berries are the best, people around the world are beginning to get the message and it’s leading to a lot of demand. June 2015 marked …

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From Tank to Table: Granpa Dome Revolutionizes the Factory Farm

Lynda Grace Philippsen After a career in banking, Japanese entrepreneur Takaaki Abe entered a second line of business in his early sixties. He had witnessed firsthand the financial struggles faced by farmers. However, on visits abroad he had visited profitable agricultural enterprises which prompted him to consider fresh options for …

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lentils

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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Agricultural Bioscience International Conference (ABIC) 2015

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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Robot Dairy

Mechanical Milkers: The cream of the crop By Jörg M. Unger There is neither shouting nor calling in the barn. Just one of the waiting cows is mooing and some muted music can be heard from a radio in the distance. Calmness and silence have priority in the cow house. …

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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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