Agriculture

A sign hangs at an entrance to the Stanko Ranch, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Stanko family currently work on the ranch, which includes about 90 head of cattle, but Jim Stanko says due to drought conditions this year, if he can’t harvest enough hay to feed his cattle, he may need to sell off some of his herd. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

As drought cuts hay crop, U.S. cattle ranchers face culling herds

Choices increasingly centered around how herds can sustain drought conditions

 

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson

MLA COLUMN: Agriculture Land Reserve rules relaxed

The agriculture minister backed down from imposing severe restrictions against farmers

  • Jul 25, 2021

 

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. (Screen shot)

Government to allow ‘more residential flexibility’ in agricultural lands, says B.C. minister

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham was guest speaker Friday during Surrey Board of Trade-hosted Zoom meeting

 

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Haying in the Cariboo heat – starting early and working later

While the sun shines make hay, so the trite saying goes

  • Jul 4, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. farms, industry risk losing water rights as licence deadline nears

Non-domestic groundwater claims must be filed by March 2022

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)
Thompson Rivers University Applied Sustainable Ranching Program program co-ordinator Gillian Watt, left, and Brian Garland, present a plaque to the winner of the program’s 2021 Bull Pen Award Lara Agapow. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Agapow takes home TRU applied sustainable ranching program’s bull pen award

Lara Agapow, 23, said it was a tough competition with lots of great presentations

Thompson Rivers University Applied Sustainable Ranching Program program co-ordinator Gillian Watt, left, and Brian Garland, present a plaque to the winner of the program’s 2021 Bull Pen Award Lara Agapow. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Blueberry harvest in the Fraser Valley relies mainly on older Indo-Canadian workers provided through labour brokers. (Maple Ridge News)

B.C. ‘moving very cautiously’ on minimum wage for farm workers

Most workers support piece-rate pay for picking, survey says

Blueberry harvest in the Fraser Valley relies mainly on older Indo-Canadian workers provided through labour brokers. (Maple Ridge News)
Chris Armes of Williams Lake was recently awarded Agrologist of the Year, acknowledged for the work he has done in the Cariboo Chilcotin since 1992. (Photo submitted)

OUR HOMETOWN: Chris Armes of Williams Lake named 2020 Agrologist of the Year

He is fondly referred to as the ‘Range Godfather’

Chris Armes of Williams Lake was recently awarded Agrologist of the Year, acknowledged for the work he has done in the Cariboo Chilcotin since 1992. (Photo submitted)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Milking cows and strangers on the premises

Cows in a milking barn may get upset if a stranger comes

  • May 16, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
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 takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
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

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

  • Apr 25, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Anahim Lake rancher Dave Brace is the new president for the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association. (Photo submitted)

OUR HOMETOWN: Home on the range

Anahim Lake rancher Dave Brace enjoys the ranching lifestyle

Anahim Lake rancher Dave Brace is the new president for the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association. (Photo submitted)
Higher than average snowfall in the West Chilcotin has made preparing for calving a lot more work for ranchers. This picture, taken in mid-February on Dane Ranch in Kleena Kleene before an excavator, a cat, two dump trucks and tractors were put to work clearing the calving grounds. (Cordy Cox photo)

INDUSTRIAL UPDATE 2021: Calf sale prospects good for fall 2021

BC Livestock Producers Co-op Association makes some adaptations during COVID-19

Higher than average snowfall in the West Chilcotin has made preparing for calving a lot more work for ranchers. This picture, taken in mid-February on Dane Ranch in Kleena Kleene before an excavator, a cat, two dump trucks and tractors were put to work clearing the calving grounds. (Cordy Cox photo)
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)
Cariboo Regional District asked to encourage local post secondary institutions to focus on local food security. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Rancher urges Cariboo Regional District to focus on local food security

Post-secondary institutions should help make region more self-sufficient, said David Zirnhelt

Cariboo Regional District asked to encourage local post secondary institutions to focus on local food security. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
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