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OCTOBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive. Perennial grasses may continue to benefit from light fall manure applications while daily mean temperatures remain above 5oC. Please take your local weather forecast into consideration before applying manure. Establishing a cover crop on harvested or fallow fields is recommended to reduce soil erosion and to take up nutrients remaining in the soil. October seeded cover crops will not likely become well established enough to take up a significant amount of added nutrients. Therefore, applying manure on these fields is not recommended. Manure application on non-vegetated fields is not recommended At this time of year, it is recommended that manure application on perennial grass not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses.

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Investment Agriculture Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovation Award

The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAF) is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Food. This award celebrates the innovative thinkers in the B.C. agriculture and agri-food industry who are responsible for generating economic, environmental or social benefits to British Columbia and the B.C. agriculture and agri-food industry.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #4

Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2012: South Coast Region Date: September 6, 2012 - Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications. - Nutrient requirements for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test. Residual nutrients from the summer crop may be present in the soil and in sufficient quantity to support the winter cover. - 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. - At this time of year, it is recommended that manure not be spread within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. - Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. 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 by October 1. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ADVISORY for details and important information regarding manure applications.

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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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