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BIO-PODS: Growing Food and Changing Lives

By Ronda Payne Slightly west of King George Highway in Surrey is hardly the place one would expect to find food growing, but the BioPods at John Volken Academy aren’t exactly your typical growing space. Laila Benkrima, a contract horticulture instructor and scientist with the University of the Fraser Valley …

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The pigs turned over our and to create a deep soil and fertilized as they went

Power of the Pig: Natural Tillers of Soil

By Cathy Finley When my husband and I purchased a plot of land in Langley in 2013, we ran into a problem that thwarted our farming plans almost immediately: there was no topsoil here—it had been quarried decades ago and never remediated. Our neighbour embarked on a program with Environmental …

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Dealing with Drought

Jeana Cadby The global water shortage has inspired fast action towards sustainable water usage, especially within the agricultural sector. As one of the biggest users of water worldwide, agriculture is especially vulnerable to drought and extreme weather conditions. In addition to unpredictable water quality and availability, farmers around the world …

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Centrifuges a Good Option for Dairy Manure Nutrient Management

Some dairy farms in BC produce more manure phosphorus than is required by their crops resulting in the gradual buildup of surplus phosphorus in their soils. The reason for this buildup is that phosphorus is imported onto BC dairy farms in the form of feedstuffs and fertilizers, while a smaller …

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JOURNEY TO THE RED PLANET

Finding Ways to Feed the Future By Jade L. Sherwood As life continues here on Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX have announced their plans to further explorations deeper into space than we have ever been before. NASA is planning its first manned trip to the …

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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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Using Fungi to Kill Weeds

Lana Harach Herbicides. Pesticides. These words have negative connotations, and often when the general public hears them, the first, if not only thought that comes to mind is chemicals—man-made and terrible for the environment. We hear of stories where the chemicals that manage farm crops end up in streams and …

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Ecoation Signals a New Age of Agriculture

Dr. Saber Miresmailli is the Founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (Ecoation), located in North Vancouver, BC. Dr. Miresmailli’s patent-pending technology predicts crop health before signs of pests, disease or deficiencies are visible to growers. Plants change their appearance throughout the day and give off physiological signals that …

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New Age of Farming: recruiting insects as biocontrol agents

By Joseph D. Levitsky Controlling pests protected within the confines of the soil has always proven to be a difficult challenge faced by farmers. These pests, unchallenged, grow in numbers year after year, damaging large portions of crops beyond the point of saleability or profitability. Currently, the popular solution is …

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Hydrotherapy for Cows

By Cate Pedersen Dr. Lisa McCrea, bovine specialist and partner at Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. in Abbotsford, BC, spends most days traveling to the farms she services throughout the Lower Mainland. Agwest’s three dairy experts cover Delta to Chilliwack, as well as farms in Mission and Maple Ridge. McCrea might …

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