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Reducing Spray Drift

By Cate Pedersen Any spray drift means that it’s not working properly and so efficiency is the name of the game. In January of 2017, The Pacific Agriculture Show hosted a wide selection of short courses produced jointly by the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association and the British Columbia Ministry …

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BC Innovators Win with Agritech

Modern Agriculture recently chatted with Carl Anderson, CEO of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). He was excited to share the results of the first Agritech Innovation Challenge, held in Kelowna, BC in November, 2016. Several companies submitted proposals for technological solutions after hearing about identifiable problems in the agriculture sector. …

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The Beauty of Sedum

Green Roofs & Food for Bees By Cate Pedersen Jake De Bruin, owner of BNC Ornamentals in the Lower Mainland, was certified as a landscaper in Holland. He learned about horticulture from a young age watching his family work in nurseries growing crops like tomatoes and peppers. “It always stays …

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Zero-Waste Agriculture in BC

By Cate Pedersen Is zero-waste agriculture possible in our lifetime? Will people reading this article one day see British Columbian farmers held up as a perfect example of how to efficiently and economically eliminate the byproducts of their sector without burying or burning? “We have the technology to have zero-waste …

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Thermotherapy of the Varroa Mite

Hive Uses Sun to Destroy Parasite By Dr. Roman Linhart, Heřmanův Městec, Czech Republic It has been known for several decades that the parasitic mite Varroa destructor is very sensitive to increased temperatures. At temperatures just a few degrees higher than the optimum, the mite is no longer able to …

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The Latest in BC Drone Technology

UAVs as Pest Bird Deterrents By Miranda Elsby A new multidisciplinary team of drone and technology experts from gUAVas Technologies are hoping to offer a pest bird deterrence solution to BC’s blueberry growers that goes beyond what is currently provided by other UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) projects. Growers in the area are all …

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Agricultural Odour Control

Home owners who live in close proximity to larger agricultural operations understand there are both positives and negatives that go along with rural living, but most would say they would prefer to live without the overwhelming odours sometimes created during necessary on-farm activities. And, indeed, most agricultural operators do use …

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Venture Acceleration Celebration!

Celebrating 30 Local Tech Start-ups through SRCTec The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec), a non-profit agency based in Mission, BC, is once again celebrating the innovative entrepreneurs who have benefited from their Venture Acceleration Program. Join SRCTec and their program participants on Wednesday, October 26th at the Quality …

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Seeds for Success: Support for Smaller Farms

By Cate Pedersen Mike Manion grew up on a family farm in Ontario; a farm with thirty head of dairy cows, a few pigs, chickens and a variety of crops. He smiles as he reminisces about the animals wandering freely across the road heading for the barn, and his brow …

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My Green Space: A place where good things grow

By Cate Pedersen Any amateur gardener and urban farmer wannabe will tell you that they wish they had an agricultural expert at their beck and call. There are probably a million websites devoted to growing your own veggies and teaching horticulture to the cultivationally challenged, but none of them will …

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