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Japanese Beetle

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One might think Benjamin Franklin was a farmer facing down insects when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While farming wasn’t part of Franklin’s list of occupational achievements, his quote certainly applies to today’s grow Read more

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Touring the cranberry bogs

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O&V talked with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham for our year-end edition. Read more

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Beehives

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Beekeepers around the province have another opportunity to apply for BeeBC funding to help with projects in their communities to support the health of bees in British Columbia. Read more

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The independent Minister’s Advisory Committee for Revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has submitted its interim report to Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. Read more

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Farmers and food processors in B.C. will have $14 million in federal and provincial government support over the next five years to help them develop new products and processes that will support food production in B.C. Read more

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Polydrusus

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Berry plants are susceptible to the predations of weevils, but not all berries have the same issues with the busy creatures. These nocturnal pests can be controlled, according to entomologists Tracy Hueppelsheuser of BCAGRI Read more

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Spider Mites

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Mites have a love for all kinds of berries and some of these pests are finding their way to new territories in terms of berry plants. Identification is the first step, then knowing how to best deal with the pests follows Read more

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When it comes to using herbicides for weed control in orchards, sometimes the good old standby is not the best bet, according to Ken Sapsford, Pesticide Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture. Read more

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The BC Ministry of Agriculture is looking for a special type of warrior to help them deal with an invasion that threatens orchards and berry farms in the province. Read more

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A pilot project matching new farmers with available fertile farmland in the Metro Vancouver area will kick off in 2018, thanks to a $25,000 investment from the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Read more

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An independent committee with members from diverse agricultural backgrounds and experiences will lead the revitalization of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) through a consultation process with stakeholder Read more

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Honourable Lana Popham

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There are big changes coming for agriculture in BC, thanks to the election of the NDP and the appointment of grape grower Lana Popham as the new Minister of Agriculture. Popham co-founded and operated Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic Read more

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Did you know BC is considered the national leader for organic farming? The State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017 analyzes the existing organic policy frameworks among Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial go Read more

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The Ministry of Agriculture’s Plant Health Laboratory is celebrating 50 years of performing state-of-the-art plant health diagnostics and surveillance of plant health in British Columbia. Read more

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The BCFGA campaign and election is over and the initial noise had died away. The BCFGA Annual Convention was held February 2-3, 2017 and the re-elected Executive is anxious to get to work. Read more

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Greenhouse operators can expect to see their carbon tax relief grants coming through in June this year. Read more

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The B.C. government’s popular seven-year tree fruit replant program will now assist even more growers with an additional $1 million in funding over the duration of the program. Read more

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This interactive full-day workshop on Tuesday, November 22, will focus on the needs of both farm families and succession planners. Held at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna, BC. Read more

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Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) has been harassing Lower Mainland berry growers for five years. Read more

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