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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Adventures in Switzerland

Adventures in Agriculture: Traversing Through Switzerland

This past fall I booked my plane ticket, shouldered my backpack and jetted off to Europe. My first stop was Switzerland, “a small but very beautiful country,” a Swiss local told me as we landed in Zurich. It truly is. This postcard-perfect region has unmistakeable European flair: from the houses, …

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China’s Global Impact on Agricultural Trade

Economic growth in China is expected to slow to 7% in 2015, compared with 7.4% in 2014, and an average of over 10% for the last decade. Trade performance is also slowing down; China’s exports for January 2015 were 3.3% down from January 2014, whilst imports were 19.9% down. China’s …

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CETA

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 …

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