Agriculture

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)

UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

 

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham promotes the government’s BuyBC food program in 2019. (B.C. government)

Money running out for fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in B.C. schools

‘Looking at ways to support this type of program,’ minister says

 

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Beef industry sustainability and the carbon footprint

Figures from 2009 show that 10 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gases came from agricultural sources

  • May 2, 2021

 

Cows from Creekside Dairy in Agassiz experienced 2021’s spring weather for the first time on Thursday, April 22, early in the morning. (Screenshot/Creekside Dairy)

VIDEO: B.C. cows react with joy to springtime pasture

Creekside Dairy spreads joy as their cows see their home fields for the first time since winter

Cows from Creekside Dairy in Agassiz experienced 2021’s spring weather for the first time on Thursday, April 22, early in the morning. (Screenshot/Creekside Dairy)
A mink at a farm, taken on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

Quarantined B.C. mink farm resumes breeding after COVID-19 outbreak

Province approves resumption of breeding at Fraser Valley farm, and 8 others not in quarantine

A mink at a farm, taken on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
Farmland in Surrey. (Photo: Surrey.ca)

B.C. Agriculture minister sends Surrey ‘stern’ letter for nixing agriculture advisory committee

Cities intending to restrict or prohibit agriculture within a farming area may need to be ‘regulated,’ Lana Popham warned

Farmland in Surrey. (Photo: Surrey.ca)
In honour of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month, a national organization has received federal money to expand its programming. (U.S Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

Agriculture education in Canadian schools gets $1.6M boost from the feds

It’s imperative students know where their food comes from: Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau

In honour of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month, a national organization has received federal money to expand its programming. (U.S Department of Agriculture/Flickr)
Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018 file photo, a worker pours wild blueberries into a tray at a farm in Union, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Canadian blueberries no threat to U.S. producers, embassy tells trade commission

Blueberry imports from Mexico appear to be the primary concern, particularly for southern producers

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018 file photo, a worker pours wild blueberries into a tray at a farm in Union, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Freshly picked blueberries are see at Emma Lea Farms in Ladner, B.C., on Monday July 21, 2014. British Columbia is contributing funds in response to a probe into whether blueberry producers in the United States are being unfairly harmed by what some say is an influx in berry imports, including from Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. helps fund blueberry farmers against U.S. trade commission investigation

Ravi Kahlon, B.C.’s minister for jobs and economic recovery, says the province is giving Ottawa about $80,000

Freshly picked blueberries are see at Emma Lea Farms in Ladner, B.C., on Monday July 21, 2014. British Columbia is contributing funds in response to a probe into whether blueberry producers in the United States are being unfairly harmed by what some say is an influx in berry imports, including from Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: The C-op and its importance to ranching in the Interior

Cordy Cox-Ellis is the new general manager of the B.C. Livestock Producers Co-op

  • Dec 20, 2020
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: What is happening with small farms and ranches?

David Zirnhelt looks at what we can do in the face of worldwide instability

  • Dec 13, 2020
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)
In this week’s column, Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt shares information about a new company called B.C. Beef Producers Inc. that may interest local beef producers. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

RANCH MUSINGS: A regional brand of beef

David Zirnhelt writes about B.C. Beef Producers Inc., a new producer-owned company near Kamloops

  • Dec 5, 2020
In this week’s column, Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt shares information about a new company called B.C. Beef Producers Inc. that may interest local beef producers. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
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
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)
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

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)
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
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)
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)