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Investment Agriculture Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovation Award

December 30, 2014– Victoria, B.C. The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAF) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Food. This award celebrates B.C.’s agriculture and agri-food leaders who have implemented specific projects or initiatives leading to economic, environmental or social benefits …

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Putting Technologies to the Test

Agriculture is a global business, and no sector is excluded from the rush of new technologies, techniques and supplies. As competitors on the global stage, Canadian farmers need to make sure they are at the forefront of the latest advancements. Whether you are a small certified organic grower or a …

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Profiting from Sustainability

A farmer’s legacy is an honourable one; that is to raise the healthiest food sources for the community, and leave the land in a better state for future generations. From the soil in which crops are sown, to the pesticides used to protect them; from the grain that feeds the …

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Why European Agriculture Developed Faster than South America’s (Pt. 2)

Jagmeet Khabra Beginning of Agriculture and Domestication People started domesticating plants and animals roughly 10,000 years ago as an attempt to sustain the fast growing population. Domestication is the process by which human beings adapt wild plants and animals for their own use. A plant or animal is domesticated when …

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Why European Agriculture Developed Faster than South America’s (Pt. 1)

Jagmeet Khabra Introduction Historians and scholars have long been asking themselves whether or not Europe won the agricultural revolution and if so, how and why that happened. Before answering that question, though, it is important to explore why Europe became so much more advanced than South America. In the late …

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Biochar: Another tool in the toolbox

Chantal Lavoi Alternative Growing Media In Greenhouses Producers of all kinds have developed agronomic “tool boxes” that change the way they do business. This hypothetical group of instruments includes, but is not limited to, new crop varieties, pesticides, biological controls, and “best practices” that have changed the way we produce …

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Never too early to protect against late blight

Susan Smith & Siva Sabaratnam As members of the nightshade or solanaceous family, potato and tomato plants are susceptible to one of the most destructive plant diseases, late blight.  This pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) thrives and produces spores under humid or moist conditions, but causes infection only when free water is …

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Plant Biotechnology: Part 2

Plant Biotechnology – In vitro Propagation and Genetic Transformation of Plants (Part 2) The main purpose of Modern Agriculture’s Plant Biotechnology series is to explain and elaborate on… well… exactly what genetic engineering is and how it is accomplished. The first part of the series was meant to get our …

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