Agriculture

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)

Ranch Musings: Perennial cereals and their potential to heal

Columnist David Zirnhelt shares information about intermediate wheatgrass

  • Nov 22, 2020

 

David Zirnhelt is looking forward to the Manitoba Grasslands and Forage Association’s online presentations in November, including Diana Rodgers’s documentary, “Sacred Cow.” (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)

Ranch Musings: Sometimes there are great moments of remembering

Columnist David Zirnhelt reflects on our food system

 

Shane Stobbe and Mariah Kampman sell produce from Back 40 Ranch and Garden Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. There are three more Saturday markets this fall, and the Quesnel Farmers’ Market has announced there will be no indoor Christmas Markets this year. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

PHOTOS: Quesnel Farmers’ Market gearing up for giant pumpkin weigh-in

This year’s giant pumpkin contest will look different but will take place Oct. 10

  • Sep 29, 2020

 

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt

RANCH MUSINGS: When the pressure is off, what is there to muse about on the ranch?

Columnist David Zirnhelt shares advice for the next generation

  • Sep 19, 2020
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt
The fall cranberry harvest is spectacular and while this year’s Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is on hold, the Creative Cranberry Online Recipe Contest will give one winner the chance to experience a private family harvest tour.

CONTEST: Savour a sweet-tart home-grown harvest!

Share a favourite cranberry recipe for a chance to win a private harvest tour for four

  • Sep 11, 2020
The fall cranberry harvest is spectacular and while this year’s Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is on hold, the Creative Cranberry Online Recipe Contest will give one winner the chance to experience a private family harvest tour.
The Agricultural Land Commission will require all applications for exclusions from the ALC to come directly from the Cariboo Regional District. (David Fait photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Regional District now responsible for all ALR land exclusions

Agricultural Land Commissions says landowners can not make applications for exclusion after Sept. 30

The Agricultural Land Commission will require all applications for exclusions from the ALC to come directly from the Cariboo Regional District. (David Fait photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Onions. (Pikrepo)

B.C. imports 99 million kilos of American onions. Why?

About four per cent of the onions consumed in B.C. are grown in the province

  • Aug 18, 2020
Onions. (Pikrepo)
Puddle Produce Farm manager Brianna van de Wijngaard learned Sunday her garden plot in the Old Soda Creek townsite was flooded. (Diane Dunaway photo)

Cariboo vegetable farmer swamped by Fraser River flooding

Brianna van de Wijngaard was picking vegetables three feet below the water

Puddle Produce Farm manager Brianna van de Wijngaard learned Sunday her garden plot in the Old Soda Creek townsite was flooded. (Diane Dunaway photo)
A new stream of support has been added to the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development program. (Pixabay photo)
A new stream of support has been added to the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development program. (Pixabay photo)
The Asian giant hornet has now been found in Langley, with a specimen around 208th Street and 32nd Avenue. (Facebook)

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

The Asian giant hornet has now been found in Langley, with a specimen around 208th Street and 32nd Avenue. (Facebook)
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau rises to introduce an act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Make better use of existing support, Bibeau tells struggling agricultural sector

The Liberals rolled out a $252-million aid program for the industry

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau rises to introduce an act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

Ranch Musings: Local food (protein) supply in these COVID times

Columnist David Zirnhelt writes about beef production and the local supply chain

  • May 6, 2020
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
The BC Fruit Growers’ Association said the federal aid package announced on May 5 is ‘underwhelming’. (Black Press file photo)

‘Underwhelming’ support for agriculture industry: BC Fruit Growers’ Association

The association said the federal government doesn’t address the sector’s immediate needs

The BC Fruit Growers’ Association said the federal aid package announced on May 5 is ‘underwhelming’. (Black Press file photo)
Feds to buy up surplus from Canadian agrifood producers as part of $252M investment

Feds to buy up surplus from Canadian agrifood producers as part of $252M investment

Trudeau announced an additional $200 million credit line for dairy producers

Feds to buy up surplus from Canadian agrifood producers as part of $252M investment
Nova Pollock from the Kersley 4-H Club is the Quesnel and District 4-H Program’s Member of the Week for the week of May 4. (Photo submitted)

Meet 4-H Member of the Week Nova Pollock

Quesnel and District 4-H is highlighting hard-working members each week

  • May 3, 2020
Nova Pollock from the Kersley 4-H Club is the Quesnel and District 4-H Program’s Member of the Week for the week of May 4. (Photo submitted)
(Black Press Media files)

Four temporary foreign workers on separate flights to B.C. test positive for COVID-19

More than 900 temporary foreign workers have come to B.C. in the past few weeks

(Black Press Media files)
Kadin Thomson is the Quesnel and District 4-H Member of the Week for the week of April 27. (Photo submitted)

Meet 4-H Member of the Week Kadin Thomson

The Quesnel and District 4-H program is highlighting its hard-working members

  • Apr 26, 2020
Kadin Thomson is the Quesnel and District 4-H Member of the Week for the week of April 27. (Photo submitted)
Kersley 4-H Club member Zackery Wiebe, who is in his first year of 4-H, shows his guinea pig Tornado while judge Lisa Bredsteen asks him questions during the 4-H show Saturday, Aug. 24 at the 2019 Quesnel Fall Fair. The 4-H program in Quesnel is continuing, with modifications due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel and District 4-H program continuing with modifications due to COVID-19

The 2020 Show and Sale, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 may be conducted virtually

Kersley 4-H Club member Zackery Wiebe, who is in his first year of 4-H, shows his guinea pig Tornado while judge Lisa Bredsteen asks him questions during the 4-H show Saturday, Aug. 24 at the 2019 Quesnel Fall Fair. The 4-H program in Quesnel is continuing, with modifications due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
EB (Easter Bunny) and her four Easter babies, Henry, Hunny, Heidi and Hazel, enjoy the sun, along with LuLu the donkey. (Photo submitted)

PHOTOS: Easter lambs a happy surprise

EB (Easter Bunny) gave birth to four lambs on Easter Sunday

  • Apr 20, 2020
EB (Easter Bunny) and her four Easter babies, Henry, Hunny, Heidi and Hazel, enjoy the sun, along with LuLu the donkey. (Photo submitted)
Hubert Pomerleau picks Red Delicious apples from an orchard in Summerland in this 2016 photo. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fruit growers throughout British Columbia will face additional challenges. (Summerland Review file photo)

B.C. orchardists face challenges from COVID-19 pandemic

Physical distancing and availability of workers will affect fruit growing operations and harvest

Hubert Pomerleau picks Red Delicious apples from an orchard in Summerland in this 2016 photo. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fruit growers throughout British Columbia will face additional challenges. (Summerland Review file photo)