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CSI: CROP SCENE INVESTIGATIONS

Bal Cheema You walk outside on what appears to be an exceptional summer’s day. The sun is rising, and the scent of new beginnings fills your nostrils. The birds are chirping, the rooster is crowing, verifying it is indeed day break and not just a vivid dream. Or perhaps it …

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The Social Media Savvy Farmer

Cathy Finley We all know that being a farmer these days isn’t just about growing things; you have to have prowess in every area of business management from financial forecasting to marketing, as well as continually evolving your professional development to become a jack-of-all-trades around the farm, proficient in skills …

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REVISING CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE

Ronda Payne Canada’s Food Guide, established by Health Canada, is undergoing changes—for the first time in a decade—but the process thus far has many thinking dairy will be eliminated as a category. When the potential was revealed in the guiding principles and recommendations for the revision to the food guide, …

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Farm to Table Forever!

What farmers and chefs can do to support local Cathy Finley Sixty years ago, if a chef tried to increase patronage and revenue by using the phrase “farm-to-table”, it would have been irrelevant because there were no other options. There were no Sysco trucks in sight, just farmers bringing their …

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INFUSION OF YOUNG AGRICULTURAL BLOOD

Tom Baumann Many complain that the younger generation isn’t going to come forward to run our agriculture operations, either as owners, operators, or as employees and interns, etc. And while I’ve been a member on various committees over the past 35 years, it’s true that grey-haired guys have been the …

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Project Management: New Generation

Joseph Levitsky     The introduction of cell phones is still surprisingly recent; and yet, they seamlessly (well, with some hiccups) integrated themselves into every corner of our lives. Who among us today can say they don’t feel distressed when they can’t locate their cell phone? Cell phones are a metaphorical double-edged …

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

Cathy Finley Recently, BC Farm Fresh published an image on their social media with this quote: “No one works harder than a farmer, except maybe a farmer’s wife.” It really got my goat! Was this a disproportionate response? I can often recognize that I am a little too reactive as …

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Four Years Post Uganda

A changed view of agriculture . . . and life By Ronda Payne It’s never a straight line that leads to the path that needs to be taken. Gary Jones, School of Horticulture department co-chair and faculty with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), can attest to that. It wasn’t his background …

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Farms in BC: A family business grounded in agriculture

Brothers Nav and Taj Sekhon have been actively involved in blueberry farming since they were young children, learning the profession alongside their father Himmat and their uncles and cousins. The brothers play more of a management role now for the Sekhon farms in Surrey. But blueberry farming is not the …

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Ronda Payne For a consumer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe Easter are likely the only times to think about turkey. For a turkey farmer, the thoughts—and planning—go on year round. It might be working with quota, assessing animal health or raising birds throughout the year to sell to a year-round …

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