Farm over troubled water [Peter Mitham]


Province asked to ante up [David Schmidt]


ABBOTSFORD – The BC Agriculture Council is asking the provincial government for $15 million over the next three years to help agriculture producers and processors adapt to changing consumer demands.

SPALLUMCHEEN – It’s a warm autumn afternoon, and Dale Jansen is between chores on his farm in the Hullcar Valley near Armstrong. A hawk soars overhead while Jansen’s cattle await the afternoon milking crew.



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Don’t blame the birds [Peter Mitham]


ABBOTSFORD – Biosecurity trumps birds when it comes to fighting avian influenza, according to several speakers at an industry workshop in Abbotsford on October 20.

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Entertaining appies

It’s time to entertain as we celebrate the arrival of the longest night of the year and then the gradual lengthening of daylight each day until the March equinox.

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JUDE’S KITCHEN

CETA undermines Canadian dairy industry


As I write this column, federal minister of agriculture Lawrence MacAulay has just announced a government investment of $250 million over five years …

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OP ED

Bright ideas


December brings the shortest days and darkest nights of the year. Hunkering down for the end of the year, we have a chance to reflect on everything …

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Vol.102 Issue 12
DECEMBER 2016

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Hazelnut growers have reasons to be optimistic [David Schmidt]


David Schmidt honoured with lifetime achievement award
[Tamara Leigh]


SASKATOON – Country Life in BC’s own David Schmidt was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in September by the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF).

CHILLIWACK – The BC hazelnut industry has bottomed out, BC Hazelnut Growers’ Association director Thom O’Dell told a large group of current and potential new growers at the hazelnut field day at Helmut Hooge’s farm in Chilliwack in September.



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Making a case for biosolids [Tom Walker]


CLINTON – Stepping out of the truck, I think to myself that these south Cariboo grasslands don’t look very grassy.

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Food security depends on saving BC’s farmland

Many people don’t know that BC, a world renowned hot spot of marine and biological diversity with some of the best growing conditions in Canada, is food insecure.

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VIEWPOINT

It’s all about effective communication


As announced in the October edition, Country Life in BC has a new publisher. The paper has been sold for the eighth time in its 102-year existence.


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BACK FORTY

The naked truth


BC politics has long had a reputation for colourful characters: our second premier was Amor de Cosmos, an advocate for agriculture and noted eccentric.

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Vol.102 Issue 11
NOVEMBER 2016

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New publisher for Country Life in BC


Port development trumps BC agriculture  [Peter Mitham]


VANCOUVER - Lower Mainland farmland could be sacrificed to ensure agri-food exports can move to market quickly and efficiently, says federation ag minister Lawrence MacAulay.

VERNON – Country Life in BC is under new ownership. After 17 years at the helm, publisher and editor Peter Wilding is retiring and has sold the paper to longtime sales manager and assistant editor Cathy Glover.



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New guide for groundwater lisencing [David Schmidt]


VERNON - BC Cattlemen’s Association water sub-committee chair Linda Allison says she was “embarrassed” by the well-licensing seminar at this spring’s BCCA annual meeting.

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The dangers of being distracted in a connected world [Bob Collins]


On June 1, the Motor Vehicle Act was amended to increase the penalties for the use of a hand held electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

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Just watch him


Most farmers know you need land to produce food you can export. But during his recent visit to Vancouver, federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay seemed so keen on overseas trade opportunities that the fact fell off his radar.


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EDITORIAL

Time and Tide


From the days when I first cut my teeth in the publishing business while working on my high school newspaper back in the 1960s, we were told by our staff supervisor to put the notation “-30-” at the end of a story. Peter Wilding bids adieu.

The final word

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Vol.102 Issue 10
OCTOBER 2016

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