Automated machines improve efficiency in greenhouses

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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Nematodes

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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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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Water-Act

Water Act Revitalized

Around us and below us runs the life force that we as a province need to protect at all costs. We depend on it daily, and we are all responsible for the planning and management of it. Water: the precious resource that requires responsible stewardship and governance. We cannot afford …

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