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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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Nematode Management

Strategies for organic and precision farming Organic farming is a method of agriculture where no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are used, (FAO, 1998) while precision farming can be defined as the use of information and information technology to make implement management decisions at appropriate scales. Nematode management plays an important …

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Branding Your Farm

How NOT to become the next media sensation Like any business, we all want to be top of mind, with recognition for our superior product and expertise. What we don’t want to be known for are moments of poor judgement, or employees who act without care for their conduct. Unfortunately …

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Bio-Control

Bio-Control: Probiotic Microorganisms for Healthier Animals and Crops

What is Bio-Control? Microorganisms have developed many mechanisms to ensure their survival in the ongoing competition for food and space that occurs between the helpful (probiotic) microorganisms and disease-causing (pathogenic) microorganisms. Bio-control technology harnesses the beneficial, naturally occurring mechanisms that allow producers to improve and maintain livestock and crop health, …

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BC AgriFood

2014 was Record year for BC Agri Foods exports

B.C. agrifoods exports were up about 11% in 2014, reaching the highest total ever, just shy of a total $3 billion in exports. Where are we shipping our agriculture and seafood products? The top three export markets for BC were: United States: $2.04 billion, up 12% from $1.8 billion. China: $264 million, …

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