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BC Pollinators:

Practices Put to the Test By Ronda Payne Spring was an uncertain time for Lower Mainland blueberry growers. Reports that Alberta beekeepers wouldn’t send bees to the region had growers thinking yields would be greatly impacted. Frank Schimunek, farm manager with Honey Bee Centre, notes there aren’t enough beekeepers in …

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Plant Breeding: Tools for Crop Success

Jeana Cadby Plant breeding is one of the most important tools that agriculturalists can use when fighting against disease pressure. Traditionally, breeding has provided humans with the tools they need to create domesticated crops, which resist pest or climate threats. Today, local seed companies and organizations are supporting Canadian farmers …

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BC LAMB: No Time to be Sheepish on Exports

Paul Pryce In March 2018, the Chilean capital of Santiago played host to delegations from 11 countries, including Canada, who converged on the city to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Since then, much ink has been spilled highlighting how the agreement would secure greater market access for …

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FARMING VIA THE INTERNET

Furthering Investment in Agriculture Jeana Cadby Running a farm is risky business, especially when it comes to investments. Changing markets, small margins, and weather-dependent revenues are all ingredients for a make-or-break situation. However, stability in the form of tech has come to light as a great partner for farmers who …

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BIOSENSORS: The Future of Agro-Defence?

Professor Suresh Neethirajan, Bionano Laboratory, University of Guelph President-Elect, Canadian Society for Bioengineering Most countries have some sort of agriculture department working hard to protect the quality and safety of its food supplies. But early detection and management can be difficult. One of the more recent food scares was the …

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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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