Agriculture

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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

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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)
KRSS Red Grit is one of the bulls from KRS Simmentals that is available at the second annual Continental Connection Bull Sale April 3 in Quesnel. (Continental Connection Bull Sale photo by Highpoint Design)

Quesnel’s second annual Continental Connection Bull Sale going ahead with more remote format

Pinnacle View Limousin and KRS Simmentals are selling their bulls Friday, April 3

KRSS Red Grit is one of the bulls from KRS Simmentals that is available at the second annual Continental Connection Bull Sale April 3 in Quesnel. (Continental Connection Bull Sale photo by Highpoint Design)
Ranch Musings: COVID-19 and farms

Ranch Musings: COVID-19 and farms

Columnist David Zirnhelt writes about the uncertainties surrounding the virus and farming operations

  • Mar 22, 2020
Ranch Musings: COVID-19 and farms
Everyone enjoyed themselves at last year’s Progressive Agricultural Safety Day. Students aged six to 16 gathered at Alex Fraser Park to learn about how to be safe around electricity, fire, tractors, hand tools, cars, small animals and more. (Observer file photo)

Quesnel’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day proceeding as planned, with additional COVID-19 precautions

The May 16 event will be capped at 75 participants and will include a “no handshake policy”

Everyone enjoyed themselves at last year’s Progressive Agricultural Safety Day. Students aged six to 16 gathered at Alex Fraser Park to learn about how to be safe around electricity, fire, tractors, hand tools, cars, small animals and more. (Observer file photo)
A new estimate sees the completion of the agricultural building at Alex Fraser Park costs come in $317,120 over the current budget, bringing the total cost to $1,212,210, more then double the original estimate. (Observer File Photo)

Costs rise again for agricultural building at Quesnel’s Alex Fraser Park

A new estimate sees completion of the project cost $317,120 over the current budget

A new estimate sees the completion of the agricultural building at Alex Fraser Park costs come in $317,120 over the current budget, bringing the total cost to $1,212,210, more then double the original estimate. (Observer File Photo)
New Quesnel Farmers Market manager Tim Cawdell (front, centre) poses with the HARVEST 2020-21 board of directors. (Kordula Thompson photo)

Tim Cawdell is new Quesnel Farmers Market manager

Cawdell takes over from Paul Dumais, who retired after 20 years as manager

New Quesnel Farmers Market manager Tim Cawdell (front, centre) poses with the HARVEST 2020-21 board of directors. (Kordula Thompson photo)
Marcel Groleau, President of the Union des Producteurs Agricoles and Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture take part in a news conference, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

VIDEO: Feds warned agricultural sector near ‘tipping point’ due to blockades

Canadian Federation of Agriculture points to lack of propane and feed due to Coastal GasLink dispute

Marcel Groleau, President of the Union des Producteurs Agricoles and Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture take part in a news conference, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
This week’s Ranch Musings column touches on marketing and selling your cattle. (Observer file photo)

Ranch Musings: Encouraging the next generation

David Zirnhelt says balancing business and lifestyle may help the next generation stay on the ranch

This week’s Ranch Musings column touches on marketing and selling your cattle. (Observer file photo)
Photo courtesy of Katie Hogan.

Over a dozen birds found mysteriously dead on rural B.C road

Ministry of Agriculture notified of the strange occurrence on No. 4 Road in Abbotsford

Photo courtesy of Katie Hogan.
The B.C. Forage Council and the Yorston family hosted a pasture walk at Australian Ranch south of Kersley in September 2019 to look at preliminary data from a pasture rejuvenation research project at the ranch. This month, the B.C. Forage Council is partnering with local Cattleman’s Associations to host Forage Management Knowledge Transfer Events, including one in Kersley on Feb. 10. (Photo submitted)

Learn more about forage management Feb. 10 in Kersley

B.C. Forage Council and Quesnel Cattlemen’s Association are hosting a free Knowledge Transfer Event

The B.C. Forage Council and the Yorston family hosted a pasture walk at Australian Ranch south of Kersley in September 2019 to look at preliminary data from a pasture rejuvenation research project at the ranch. This month, the B.C. Forage Council is partnering with local Cattleman’s Associations to host Forage Management Knowledge Transfer Events, including one in Kersley on Feb. 10. (Photo submitted)
About 30 students from Guildford Park Secondary are heading to the upcoming engAGe event in Vancouver, an event geared towards growing the future of agriculture. (Submitted)

Engaging youth key to sustainable future in agriculture, says B.C. teacher

engAGe event in Vancouver exposing students to world of career opportunities in agriculture industry

About 30 students from Guildford Park Secondary are heading to the upcoming engAGe event in Vancouver, an event geared towards growing the future of agriculture. (Submitted)
Peter Awram with Worker Bee Honey Company shows agriculture minister Lana Popham how their machine works to detect fraudulent honey. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Automated honey extraction system to help B.C.’s beekeeping industry

The B.C. agri-tech project will receive $170,320 in funding to build prototype

Peter Awram with Worker Bee Honey Company shows agriculture minister Lana Popham how their machine works to detect fraudulent honey. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Sprout Kitchen is a regional food hub and business incubator that will be located in Quesnel and will serve the area from 100 Mile House to Vanderhoof. (Facebook - Sprout Kitchen - Regional Food Hub and Business Incubator photo)

Ideas coming together for Sprout Kitchen regional food hub in Quesnel

The food hub and business incubator is projected to open in September 2020

Sprout Kitchen is a regional food hub and business incubator that will be located in Quesnel and will serve the area from 100 Mile House to Vanderhoof. (Facebook - Sprout Kitchen - Regional Food Hub and Business Incubator photo)
Provincial soil specialist Dr. Dieter Geesing gives a presentation about composting during the Kersley Farmers Institute’s Winter Workshop Saturday, Jan. 18 at the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Campus. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Kersley Farmers Institute’s winter workshop highlights opportunity and connection

The workshop featured a new networking event and a full day of presentations and updates in Quesnel

Provincial soil specialist Dr. Dieter Geesing gives a presentation about composting during the Kersley Farmers Institute’s Winter Workshop Saturday, Jan. 18 at the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Campus. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
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$2.9 million judgment in B.C. blueberry farm sabotage lawsuit

The new owners saw most of their farm ruined just as they took possession

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Cowichan style wine and marble with the Zanatta siblings

Cowichan style wine and marble with the Zanatta siblings

Loretta and Ivo Zanatta carry on family traditions with two separate businesses

  • Sep 23, 2019
Cowichan style wine and marble with the Zanatta siblings