FEBRUARY 2017 | ABBOTSFORD – After graduating from high school, Gary Baars hung up a shingle as TNT Agri-Services, offering “relief milking and much more.” On January 11, that “much more” made the now 33-year-old Chilliwack dairyman, hay salesman andcattle dealer and his wife, Marie (26) …
FEBRUARY 2017 | CHILLIWACK – The first installments towards $345,000 in fines and surcharges levied in a headline-grabbing case of animal abuse on a Fraser Valley dairy farm were paid last month, with the dairy farmers at the case’s heart pledging to ensure the situation never repeats itself.
FEBRUARY 2017 | In global terms, Canada’s political reality can be likened to living in the attic of a large house with a family of boisterous neighbours on the main floor who aren’t getting along well with the folks in the basement.
JANUARY 2017 | SAANICH – From inside a refurbished freight container, the future of farming is extremely bright. Ribbons of red and blue LED grow lights hang from the ceiling, super-charging the growth of vertical columns of greens.
JANUARY 2017 | VANCOUVER – Demand for farm workers will hit 45,000 by 2025, up from approximately 43,300 in 2014, and while the increase doesn’t sound like a lot, an older, diminishing farm work force means there are a lot fewer people available than there was once was.
JANUARY 2017 | VANCOUVER – The BC Milk Marketing Board is beginning another review of its quota and solids-non-fat policies, producers were told at the BCMMB annual meeting and producer meeting in Vancouver on December 2.
March 2017 | CHILLIWACK – Collapsed barns and greenhouses, missed milk shipments and broken trees: the early February storm which blanketed the Lower Mainland with snow and freezing rain left a trail of destruction in its wake.
MARCH 2017 |KENNEWICK, WA – Knowing what the competition is doing is one reason many BC winemakers and grapegrowers attend the annual meeting of Washington Winegrowers each winter in Kennewick, Washington.
MARCH 2017 | MAPLE RIDGE – BC’s Lower Mainland is a land divided, thanks in large part to the creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve following the election of Dave Barrett as premier 45 years ago this year.
MARCH 2017 | ABBOTSFORD – BC hazelnut growers packed seminars and their annual meeting at the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford on January 28.
MARCH 2017 | While the European Union has delved to some degree into public views about agriculture and how livestock is cared for, little has been done to find out the public’s expectations in Canada and the US.
MARCH 2017 | Business people sometimes wince when the word “sustainability” is mentioned because they relate it to “going green.” However, definitions of “sustainability” rarely include the word “green.”
MARCH 2017 |BC agriculture minister Norm Letnick reeled off a string of numbers that should have stirred pride in the heart of any farmer listening to him at this year’s BC Agriculture Gala in Abbotsford.
MARCH 2017 | PORT ALBERNI – How is it that a tiny island in Washington state has the first farmer-run community food safety lab in the US, satisfying the rigid requirements of the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food Safety Modernization Act?