January 23, 2019
by DAVID SCHMIDT
The largest agricultural trade show in BC kicks off in Abbotsford this week for the 21st year.
The Pacific Agriculture Show runs at the Tradex in Abbotsford, January 24-26.
“The focus this year is on technology,” says show coordinator Jim Shepard, who says there will be close to 300 exhibitors at this year’s show.
These include “lots of new exhibitors” who will be plying their wares to several thousand attendees. Exhibits will be located both within and without the building. Smaller exhibits will fill the two exhibit halls and large equipment displays will be stationed outside.
Among the new components this year is CannaTech West, focused on the cultivation and production of cannabis. It will take place in a hangar adjacent to Tradex on Friday, January 25.
“This is the first year of the show since recreational cannabis use was legalized, so we are hosting our first-ever CannaTech as part of the show,” says Shepard.
Prior to the show, the annual BC Agriculture Council gala will provide networking opportunities.
The gala will see presentation of the BCAC Leadership, Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year and Scotiabank Champion of Agriculture awards. The gala also features a silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.
Country Life in BC will be covering the gala and writers will be present at education sessions throughout the show. Be sure to stop by our booth and say “Hi!”
Vol. 105 Issue 4
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
One province, one panel
Groundwater deadline extended
Happy as a pig!
Sidebar: Still waiting
Feds pour millions into tree fruit research
Sidebar: Will local procurement help?>
Editorial: Confined spaces
Back Forty: BC farmers need more than a land bank
Island Good campaign drives local sales
Poultry industry seeks to stop infighting
Egg farmers to receive biggest quota boost ever
New entrant focus
Decision day looms for chicken pricing appeal
Producers look to CanadaGAP for certification
Organic sector undertakes core review
Hopping to it!
Island couple named Outstanding Young Farmers
Turkey consumption continues to decline
BC potato growers enjoy a strong footing
Sudden tree fruit dieback a growing concern
Late season BC cherries in global demand
Farmers’ markets aim to be local food hubs
Field trial hopes to reduce phosphorus levels
Future looking bright for BC dairy producers
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Saputo puts its Courtenay plant out to pasture
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Sidebar: Farming for the future
Out of the hands of BC farmers
Codes of practice need producer input
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New traceability regs to track movement
Agriculture a notable threat to species at risk
Improper pesticide use threatens access
Threat to neonics spurs scare in spud growers
Orchard presses forward with diversification
Staying on top of soil health is key to sound farming
No small potatoes
Farm families need to have affairs in order
Rotary parlours go upscale at two FV dairies
Study compares organic, conventional diets
Advisory service foresees growing demand
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Island dairy producers hone first aid skills
Woodshed: And that’s how rumours get their teeth
Research farm showcases small projects
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