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Gary Symons

For the Spring issue O&V features our 2018 Buyer's Guide. Find Suppliers for goods and services for the Orchard, Vineyard and Wine Making Industries. Get the latest on how both the BCFGA and the Wine Industry are dealing with Climate Change. As well more

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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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Inside this issue O&V features our year end tree fruit, berry, grape and wine report. Our annual survey of the fruit and wine industry in BC. The annual interview with the Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and more. more

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A study by Lee Cartier and Svan Lembke at the Okanagan School of Business is recommending BC wineries should increase production of mid-value wines, but also implement a system of grading wines similar to that used in France and Italy. more

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Bees on blueberry

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The Vancouver Sun reported in April that many beekeepers are refusing to put their bee colonies into blueberry fields in BC due to fears something in the fields is making the colonies sick. more

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If Mission Hill Family Estate is the Okanagan’s grand cathedral of wine, then Anthony Von Mandl’s newest creation, Martin’s Lane Winery, is a temple dedicated to Pinot Noir and Riesling. more

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Santa Rosa Fire

California Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. David Loeffler

When the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus coined the phrase “The only thing that is constant is change,” he probably wasn’t thinking about global warming. more

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Steve Griessel, owner of the Betz Family Winery in Washington State, is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or run multiple businesses over his career, including two public companies. 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. more

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Case IH robotic tractor

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Tractor companies have long been a hotbed of innovation, but over the past few years the rapid development of autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI) the industry has seen a quantum leap in technology that will quickly change the nature of farming. more

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If there’s one thing hotter than cryptocurrencies these days, it’s the cannabis industry in Canada and abroad. more

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Martin’s Lane

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This has been a momentous year for BC wines, not because of the wines produced, but due to the business related developments that are shaking up the entire industry. more

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BC’s Minister of Agriculture says the provincial government is willing to look at changes to liquor laws to help grow the emerging craft spirits industry. 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 more

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Go back in time just five years, and BC was a very different place when it came to craft distilleries. A few isolated pioneers struggled to make a go of it, but were hampered by liquor regulations and high markups. more

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Cork Tree

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Go into any wine store in Canada and you’ll see rank upon rank of bottles closed with metal screw top caps. It’s a lingering sign of the massive switch from cork stoppers to synthetic stoppers that happened over the late 20th Century and accelerated more

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Fitz Winery

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The wine industry is like any other; it goes through cycles, and certain wine products trend upwards or downwards over time. more

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Merced del Estero Winery

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Canadians drink an awful lot of wine from Argentina, but very few of us have ever been to one of the world’s largest wine producing regions. more

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Irrigation

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Can the Okanagan Avoid the Fate of California? more

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Depending on your perspective, the core review of the Agriculture Land Commission and the land reserve itself is either clumsy politicking at its worst, or a cleverly engineered campaign with a hidden agenda. more

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PARC

Gary Symons

It will take a LOT of candles to celebrate the ‘birthday’ this year for the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. more

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Sandhill

Gary Symons

In the Okanagan wine business, success depends just as much on the experience you offer guests, as on the quality of the wine. more

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Eric von Krosigk

Gary Symons

Summerhill Pyramid Winery has released this year what may be regarded as an historic vintage for the Okanagan Valley. more

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