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Beef Cattle Biology: Seeking Clues to Improve Feed Efficiency

A broad research program is revealing insights to benefit beef cattle productivity while providing training for academics and technology transfer on the East Coast. Led by Dr. Yuri Montanholi, Assistant Professor at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University (Truro, Nova Scotia), a group of “beef cattle enthusiasts”— whom Dr. Montanholi …

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This Land is Our Land: BC’s Density Dilemma

Cate Pedersen Developed along essential waterways, the Lower Mainland has long been in the business of transporting goods across the country and to world markets—and the business is growing and in need of space. At the same time, the region’s wealth of arable land has also made it an agricultural …

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Goji Berries Spark Niche Market for the Fraser Valley

By: Jen Muranetz For more than 25 years, Peter Breederland has been a pepper farmer, growing yellow, orange and red sweet peppers on his Aldergrove family farm. “BC [has] such a good growing climate for peppers,” he boasts. You could say Breederland has pepper farming down to a science. So …

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Raptors: Flying Friends of Farmers

Ronda Payne Right after the faithful canine that romps through the fields and warns of danger, raptors are a farmer’s best friend. There’s no bond between farmer and flyer similar to the affection between man and dog, and it’s rare to give a barn owl or hawk a pat of …

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The Cage Debate:

Changes expected for egg layers Cate Pedersen When you’re shopping for eggs, what do you reach for first? Regular eggs from chickens raised in cages? Or free range, from poultry allowed to roam outdoors once in a while and do what hens do naturally: roost, scratch, perch, and mingle with …

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Agriculture Technology Companies Gain New Partner

Cate Pedersen The technopreneurs, ag-industry advocates and government representatives were out in full force Friday, February 26, 2016 to welcome Bioenterprise BC as a new business accelerator offering commercialization services to help promote the creation and growth of BC businesses engaged in agriculture technology. Timothy Kendrick, president of BW Global Structures Inc., …

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On the Yeast Trail: Genomic Research in Vineyards

Most people appreciate a glass of wine to celebrate a special occasion, accompany a meal or just sip and savour. What they might not appreciate is the importance of one particular ingredient in the wine fermentation process, and that without it they would be left with grape juice in their …

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Automation Nation

The Future of Robotics in Agriculture By Tom Baumann, Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley Who’s going to look after our robots, fandangled machines and electronics? Automation Technicians, of course… I sat writing this article as my students wrote their final exam for the introductory agriculture course …

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Bee Vectoring: Pollination and Crop Protection

Cate Pedersen Lately, the buzz has been all about the bees—and with good reason. Climate change and pesticide use has been blamed for the decline of bee populations around the world. Scientists are in agreement across the board that the bee decline will have devastating effects on global food production. …

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The Outlook for Organic Farming

Jonathan Lloyd, Agricultural Consultant, Farmlytics Organic production has traditionally been one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture driven by increased consumer concerns about the use of pesticides and fertilizer along with concern for health. While the total number of farms in Canada declined by 17% from 2001 to 2013, …

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