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Abbotsford Economic Development Strategy - Business Survey

Abbotsford is developing an economic development strategy and wants input from the local business community on challenges and opportunities to doing business in Abbotsford, as well as how to best support local business. A business survey (link and details below) has been developed and is going out all across Abbotsford. Given it's importance to the area's economy, we want to make sure agricultural businesses are part of this conversation.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 for 2016: South Coast Region

Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended. Manure should not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. Buffer width should be increased for slopes greater than 5% and/or if the potential for runoff exists. Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbours. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion. Reminder that field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered as of October 1. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information regarding manure applications.

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BCFC Field Day September 16

The BC Forage Council, with support from the BC Farm Adaptation Innovator Program, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund, and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, is pleased to present a field day showcasing on-farm research in the Vanderhoof area as part of our “Demonstrating Innovative Forage Production Practices to Increase Climate Change Adaptation Project”.

Save the date: September 16, 2016

Meet at “18869 Smith Creek Road” Fraser Lake at 9:00 am (Anyone wishing to carpool for the day please meet at Glendale Agra at 8:00 am)

We will travel to three project sites and:

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Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2016: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2016 (April 4, 2016) for the current Advisory. The following Update does not change the Advisory. · Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. · When cropping after corn, cover crops or grassland planted after September 1 should not receive manure unless the need for nitrogen has been proven by a soil test. There is usually enough nitrogen remaining in the soil for a cover crop or newly seeded grass. · Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended unless cover crops are planted and will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. · As the chances of wet and rainy conditions increase in September, guidelines for setbacks for manure spreading increase from 5 m (as per the current advisory) to 8 m from ditches or watercourses. · Plan manure applications to empty storage facilities before the rainy season

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BC Forage Council AGM & Conference

Saturday Sept 17th at the Sandman Inn Board Room, Quesnel, BC
AGM: 10:00 am, Lunch: 12:00 pm (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada)
Conference: 1:00 pm: General Soil Health & Productivity - Dr. Tom Jensen, International Plant Nutrition Institute; Invasive Weeds - Dave Ralph, Project Manager, Invasive Species Council of BC; BCFC Climate Adaptation Project Update - Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, Agrowest Consulting; Financing 101 - Pat Durose, Farm Credit Canada

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BC Forage Council Climate Change Adaptation Project 2014-2017 (2016 Update)

  • Kale as a winter feed source
  • Late season grasses as winter feed and the effect of passive fertilization
  • Forage quality, yield and maturity rates of 6 alfalfa varieties
  • Determine optimum alfalfa seeding rate and seed mix

Kale as a winter feed source. Last year, the farmer grew one variety of kale (late maturing). We found that the kale grew very well and kept its nutritional qualities till late in the season (December 17 – Relative Feed Value of 425).

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Pig manure pavement glue pays off for swine producers

Pig manure can be turned into an adhesive for use in asphalt as a replacement for petroleum-based products. Swine producers can benefit when they dispose of their manure with the engineers who developed the adhesive technology. Bio-Adhesive Alliance is approximately six month from having the first batch of mass-produced adhesive ready for use, said Elham Fini of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ultimately, the process ends up a win-win for farmers.

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Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada (2015)

NEW! Field Guide to Support Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Field and Forage Crops Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada: IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT FIELD GUIDE This new, 152-page, full-colour field guide, now available online, is designed to help you make informed decisions in managing over 90 harmful pests of field and forage crops in Western Canada. Better decision making helps save time and effort and eliminates unnecessary pesticide applications to improve your bottom line. The guide also helps the reader identify many natural enemies that prey on or parasitize pest insects. Recognizing and fostering populations of natural enemies will enhance their role in keeping or reducing pest populations below economic levels.

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2016 BCFC Workshop & Evening Seminar

Have you ever thought about doing your own on farm research?

Join us as we develop our new manual "On Farm Demonstration Research".

Give us your feedback and help shape and create this exciting publication! Bring your research ideas and leave with a plan you can implement this year!

Space is limited for this portion so register early!

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Thompson Rivers University Speaker Series (2016)

As part of the TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching Program, we will be hosting a series of seminars for the students with presentations from both local and international industry specialists. These Speaker Series will follow the topics that the students are currently learning. To leverage the benefit of this program to ranchers and agriculture producers in the community and to enhance the student experience, we invite you to attend any or all of these seminars that are of interest to you.

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