Farmwest Blog

Research Project Seeks New Solutions for Agriculture and Energy Companies

To date oil and gas activity in the Peace region has taken an estimated 35,500 acres of land out of production in the Agricultural Land Reserve. A new initiative led by the Peace River Forage Association of BC (PRFA) is working with energy companies, contractors and seed growers to find more effective ways to get land disturbed in the development of pipelines, well-sites and roadways back into production.

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AUGUST Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3

It is recommended that manure not be spread within a minimum of 3 meters from dry ditches and watercourses or 5 meters from wet ditches and watercourses during the summer months. If possible, please consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can penetrate into the air and buildings having a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.

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JUNE Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2012: South Coast Region

Check your local weather forecast and field conditions when planning to spread and refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (April 2, 2012) for details. Applying manure 5 days before significant rainfall events is not recommended. It is recommended that manure not be spread within a minimum of 3 meters from dry ditches and watercourses or 5 meters from wet ditches and watercourses during the summer months.

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Celebrity farmer Joel Salatin coming to Foxglove Farm

Pastured Livestock with Joel Salatin
Foxglove Farm, Salt Spring Island, BC
June 20 & 21, 2012

Joel Salatin is a self-described lunatic farmer. He’s also a philosopher and a visionary, and he’s on a mission to restore the lost intimacy between people and food.

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Beef Producer Survey

Beef Producers Survey to learn about current feeding strategies, forage and pasture management, animal management and manure management strategies for different types of beef operations across Canada. The survey will help to: - Develop new profitable Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the Canadian beef sector according to regional needs. - Document improvements in practices that can bolster the image of the industry. - Help the Canadian beef industry to capture market opportunities.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 - South Coastal Region - April 22, 2012

Manure application conditions have improved slightly since the last advisory and well-planned manure applications may be suitable on select fields based on weather conditions. Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading, but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist producers with decision-making about manure application and storage.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 - February 21, 2012

The following advisory is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the LEGISLATION. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.

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