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 2
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
ALR committee files report
Cannabis drives drop in Delta farm assessments
Editorial: Party and province
Back Forty: You can’t get apps on that
Viewpoint: Annual assessments a chance to take stock
Preliminary hearing in high-profile poultry abuse
Survey keeps national park reserve in spotlight
Political engagement headlines dairy meeting
World milk prices take blame for shifting returns
Patience is a virtue
Ag Briefs: Sasaki appointed new head of chicken board
Ag Briefs: Ottawa invests in dairy sector
AB: Piece rates, taxes increase
AB: AITC focuses on growth
Letters: Protect farmland from cannabis production
Letters: Dog owners need to accept responsibility
Letters: The beef about climate change
Cadillac’ of aviaries will reduce labour costs
Berry growers face new import requirements
Open house reveals secrets of diagnostics lab
Cannabis propagation industry sprouting in BC
Sidebar: Deep roots
FCC targets women with new business program
Agreement sets stage for fish farm phase-out
Grazing, forage and water top list at town hall
Ranchers reassured regarding bovine TB cases
Digging into soil nutrition at education day
Science of cannabis takes centre stage
Blueberry growers hone use of box liners
Ostrich industry takes flight with big plans
Tunnels boost fruit quality, add to berry season
Big bucks being spent to protect bee health
Sidebar: Province boosts funding
Mystery bee disease studied
Direct-marketing opportunities have potential
Research: Preventing soft scald in apples
Regional food system is the new focus of group’s efforts
Wannabe: Growers deserve our love
Woodshed: A performance Kenneth can’t afford to miss
Jude’s Kitchen: Happy new year, my sweet Valentine