January 30, 2019
by PETER MITHAM
Steady traffic made this year’s Pacific Agriculture Show at Tradex in Abbotsford another success, despite some speakers being unable to attend due to the US government shutdown.
Attendance totalled 9,550, said show coordinator Jim Shepard. This was up from last year and near the record-breaking tally of 2016, when approximately 9,800 visitors attended.
The number includes both trade show visitors as well as 870 registrants for the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association’s annual short course and the dairy expo.
Shepard was particularly pleased with attendance at CannaTech West, held January 25 in the new meeting space adjacent to the Abbotsford International Airport tarmac. Dubbed Airside, the spacious facility attracted 150 people. Shepard called it “a huge success.”
Attendance showed the depth of interest in the crop. Many of those attending the presentations had only a passing familiarity with the crop, with their primary activities being in berries, grain and other sectors. Among the issues discussed were several familiar to other producers, including pest and disease management.
While powdery mildew and fusarium may be emerging areas for cannabis growers, tips regarding the importance of monitoring crops closely and educating workers to be vigilant against pests – and gauging pest levels accurately – were lessons benefitting all growers.
Vol. 105 Issue 6
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
Hog farm won’t face charges
Okanagan drives land values
Where’s the beef?
Minister defends Bill 15 changes
Back Forty: Farmers, not just farmland, need revitalization
Editorial: No peace, no order
ALR restrictions make commuting a fact of life
Johnston’s Packers targeted by activists
Sidebar: When is a crime not a crime?
Berry growers get long-awaited funding boost
Proteobiotics reduce poultry, swine infections
Greenhouse growth stymied by gas prices
Increase farm productivity with cover crops
Ag Briefs: Water fees not evenly distributed among users
Ag Briefs: BC Tree Fruits prepares to relocate
Farmland trust explored for Island
New owner, same faces
Fruit growers cautiously optimistic on bloom set
Honeycrisp key to success for Golden Apple winners
Changes to slaughter rules taking too long
Going! Going! Gone
Local meat deamnd creating opportunities
Sidebar: Compost in 14 days
Ranch takes pasture to plate at face value
Market Musings: Technology has its challenges
Oliver veggie grower prefers wholesale
Grocer offers tips to get a foot in the door
Greenhouse veggie days a hit with school
Haskap research may help berry go mainstream
Research: Bee sensitivity linked to neonic pesticides
Fraser Valley orchardist calling it a day
Worming his way to the top of the heap
Mushrooms a viable crop for small growers
Island 4-H beef show celebrates 25 years
Woodshed: Deborah starts her vacation a golf widow
Brewery’s food program spawns farm project
Jude’s Kitchen: Celebrate dads!