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Researchers and Farmers Team Up

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Over the next four years, farmers and researchers across the province will be working together to demonstrate and evaluate technologies and practices that increase the resilience of British Columbia’s farms and ranches as producers adapt to a changin Read more

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BC’s berry growers are pleased with a provincial contribution of $200,000 a year for five years to support new research into blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Read more

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Grape Vines

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Legislation has been introduced to strengthen the independence of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), so it can better fulfill its mandate of preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), while encouraging farming and ranching within British Co Read more

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Cherries 2013

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BC’s booming cherry industry just got another boost, as the Government of Canada announced it has secured market access for BC-grown cherries in Japan. 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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Lana Popham Organic

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As of Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, people can buy British Columbia food products and beverages that are marketed as organic with more confidence, knowing the products have been certified through an accredited provincial or federal program. 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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Wine Drinking

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Residents and visitors alike got to enjoy the first EAT DRINK LOCAL program in the Okanagan Valley throughout the month of May. 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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Irrigation

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The new Water Sustainability Act was enforced on February 26, 2016 and under the new rules all non-domestic groundwater wells need to be licensed. Only single-family households using groundwater for domestic use are exempt from licensing. Read more

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BC wineries and breweries are getting a major boost this year to help market their products. From soil, sunshine and scenic vineyards to local small town brews, B.C. wineries and breweries are giving British Columbians a diverse sensory experience. Read more

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Okanagan College is launching a two-year pilot project offering a viticulture technician program, with the support of the BC government. 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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Farmers Market

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The B.C. government’s Buy Local program is providing six local farmers’ markets with a combined total of $57,055 in funding. Read more

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The past few years have seen a lot of positive change in the tree fruit industry and many more changes are on the way. Everything from long term replant to meeting our needs for labour. Read more

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BC Terroir

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Victoria has changed the provincial regulation that governs how B.C. wineries label their wines to include three recommendations from the industry. Read more

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An updated Liquor Control and Licencing Act came into force on Jan. 23, creating new opportunities for businesses, increasing convenience for consumers and enhancing the Province’s commitment to social responsibility. Read more

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The B.C. government will require all food and beverage products marketed as “organic” in B.C. to be certified under either a provincial or national certification program by 2018. Read more

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