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For Pre Spring O&V features our 2018 Tractor Issue. The latest on orchard & vineyard tractors, specs, the future of robotic tractors and our reader survey. Advice on getting into the cannabis market, new stone fruit varieties and more more

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At the recent AGM of the BCFGA Fred Steele was declared president and Pinder Dhaliwal vice-president for another term. more

News

Inside this issue you will read about what happened in 2015 in the fruit and wine industry. We have an exclusive interview with BC Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. Along with interesting new stories and our regular columns. more

Magazine

Kelowna’s city counsellor Mohini Singh is spearheading the charge to get BC apples into India. Singh, who works as the communications officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, brought up the topic when she was speaking to some tree fruit growers. more

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BCFGA President Fred Steele and Vice President Bhupinder Dhaliwal

Photo by Kim Elsasser

The BC Fruit Growers Association 2015 convention and AGM held few surprises. The annual meeting saw the approval of more than 30 resolutions and the election of the 2015 executive, including the re-election of Fred Steele, president. more

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Good news for BC Fruit Growers, BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program, Buy Local, Water Sustainability, and will benefit from 2015/2016 BC Budget. more

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It’s that time of year again; time to elect (or re-elect) the Board of Directors for the BCFGA for 2015. more

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Fred Steele, President of the BCFGA

Photo by Kim Elsasser

Fred Steele became president of the BCFGA on February 15, 2014. We caught up with him to find out what's been happening since then. more

Articles

Strawberries

By Andrea Walker

This year’s Fruit Fashion Darlings. Looking at the numbers is one thing, but what really happened with fruit crops this year? more

Articles

Christy Clarke announces support for the replant program.

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Good news came for BC Fruit Growers at press time; Premier Christy Clark announced a 7-year, $8.4 million Replant Program to assist growers in renewing the production base of the industry. more

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Kelowna, BC – Two preeminent scientists have been appointed to the Board of Summerland Varieties Corporation (SVC). more

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The BC Fruit Growers Association looked for experience and media savvy in a new president this year, voting in former vice-president Fred Steele over incumbent Jeet Dukhia. more

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Joe Sardinha harvesting

Photo taken by Julie Sardinha

Popular past-president of the BCFGA, Joe Sardinha passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013 more

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This will be my last column as the President of the BCFGA. After four years as President, I have seen first hand how much the BCFGA is really involved in the lives of the members and the community as a whole. more

Agricultural

Another year is making its way to the exit, a time when the harvest is done and we reflect on what was and wasn’t accomplished. In this case it is the last column I will write as the President of the BCFGA. more

Agricultural

Innovation is a medium-sized word with a big meaning. It is a word thrown around to describe almost everything today, in almost every field of endeavour. Farming has been innovating and getting more efficient for hundreds of years. more

Agricultural

For the past few years, we have been spreading the positive message about the tree fruit industry and its resurgence. more

Agricultural

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. more

Agricultural

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. more

Agricultural

Bare ground planting for the tree fruit industry would be an additional tool for rejuvenating our industry. To its credit the Provincial Government has supported replant - where trees are removed and new varieties planted. more

Agricultural

Today many terms are used to describe the changes we are dealing with in agriculture. Terms such as Agri Tourism, RV Parking, non farm use and worker housing. more

Agricultural

Thirteen years ago was the start of the first of the five-year federal-provincial deals on agriculture. The new approach to secure five-year deals has yielded benefits and has proven resilient. more

Agricultural

There is so much confusion today about the various foreign worker programs I thought it was time to write a column so people will have a better understanding what is going on and how things are actually improving. more

Agricultural

The wheels keep turning as we progress into a bright new future for the tree fruit industry. Before exploring where we are going I would like to take a moment for reflection on where we have recently come from. more

Agricultural

This year started two weeks early and ended three weeks early - it was a scramble from the start! Growers contended with windstorms, smoke from forest fires, and excessive heat. more

Agricultural

With the Federal Election set for October I thought it would be a good time to outline some of the main issues facing farmers. more

Agricultural

For well over a year farmers are looking to the future with a mixture of optimism and uncertainty. When an industry goes from shrinking to expansion that is to be expected. more

Agricultural

It is hard to believe that food safety has only been in place nationally for 7 years. The CHC’s CanadaGAP initiative started when growers were being faced with multiple food safety requirements from retailers each putting their own spin on programs, more

Agricultural

After a year as President of the BCFGA, I have taken notice of how the various tree fruit associations across the country operate and the role they play in service to their members. more

Agricultural

Over the past couple of decades several sectors of the economy had to reinvent themselves to be relevant in the marketplace. more

Agricultural