Agriculture

Dr. Deborah Henderson and her colleagues won a $100,000 prize for their work on an environmentally friendly pesticide. (Kwantlen Polytechnic University/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

KPU reseachers win $100K award for green pesticide

The biological solution avoids using chemical pesticides

Dr. Deborah Henderson and her colleagues won a $100,000 prize for their work on an environmentally friendly pesticide. (Kwantlen Polytechnic University/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Fava Beans. (Cassie Plotnikoff/Special to The Star)

Aldergrove seed cooperative trying to keep up with demanding market

Program urges local producers to grow more varieties of fruit and vegetable for seed use

Fava Beans. (Cassie Plotnikoff/Special to The Star)
The fall cranberry harvest is spectacular and while this year’s Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is on hold, the Creative Cranberry Online Recipe Contest will give one winner the chance to experience a private family harvest tour.

CONTEST: Savour a sweet-tart home-grown harvest!

Share a favourite cranberry recipe for a chance to win a private harvest tour for four

  • Sep 11, 2020
The fall cranberry harvest is spectacular and while this year’s Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is on hold, the Creative Cranberry Online Recipe Contest will give one winner the chance to experience a private family harvest tour.
Onions. (Pikrepo)

B.C. imports 99 million kilos of American onions. Why?

About four per cent of the onions consumed in B.C. are grown in the province

  • Aug 18, 2020
Onions. (Pikrepo)
Chef Adrian Beaty kicks off Langley Eats Local challenge with a take-away meal from his Canned Ham Canteen. (LEPS/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Supporting growers with farm passports and fresh produce

Chef Adrian Beaty served a take-away pasta meal to kickoff 11th annual Langley Eats Local challenge

Chef Adrian Beaty kicks off Langley Eats Local challenge with a take-away meal from his Canned Ham Canteen. (LEPS/Langley Advance Times)
Rhonda Driediger of Langley U-Pick Driediger Farms is a BC Food Hub supporter. (Langley Advance Times files)

B.C. government partners with Plenty & Grace Co. to develop regional food hub in Surrey

The facility helps small Fraser Valley producers and processors sell goods in markets outside B.C.

Rhonda Driediger of Langley U-Pick Driediger Farms is a BC Food Hub supporter. (Langley Advance Times files)
The cool, wet weather has made the 2020 corn crop late to ripen in the Fraser Valley. (Progress file)

Cold and wet weather has corn farmers waiting across the Fraser Valley

Usually the crop is ready July 5-12 but it’s still a few more days from perfection, says local farmer

The cool, wet weather has made the 2020 corn crop late to ripen in the Fraser Valley. (Progress file)
Blueberry u-pick has started in most of Langley. (B.C. Blueberry Council)

Blueberries ripen as u-pick starts in Langley

The official Blueberry Day is to be held – online – on July 15

Blueberry u-pick has started in most of Langley. (B.C. Blueberry Council)
A new stream of support has been added to the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development program. (Pixabay photo)
A new stream of support has been added to the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development program. (Pixabay photo)
Amanda Smith of LEPS checks out apples on a tree at Campbell Valley Regional Park in South Langley on June 15, 2020. LEPS’ gleaning program will harvest unwanted fruit in parks and back yards this summer and fall. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Donors needed for Langley harvest to benefit food banks

Volunteers are ready to pick back yard fruit, but need more trees

Amanda Smith of LEPS checks out apples on a tree at Campbell Valley Regional Park in South Langley on June 15, 2020. LEPS’ gleaning program will harvest unwanted fruit in parks and back yards this summer and fall. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The Asian giant hornet has now been found in Langley, with a specimen around 208th Street and 32nd Avenue. (Facebook)

Asian giant “murder hornets” found in Brookswood

Langley is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

The Asian giant hornet has now been found in Langley, with a specimen around 208th Street and 32nd Avenue. (Facebook)
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau rises to introduce an act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Make better use of existing support, Bibeau tells struggling agricultural sector

The Liberals rolled out a $252-million aid program for the industry

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau rises to introduce an act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The BC Fruit Growers’ Association said the federal aid package announced on May 5 is ‘underwhelming’. (Black Press file photo)

‘Underwhelming’ support for agriculture industry: BC Fruit Growers’ Association

The association said the federal government doesn’t address the sector’s immediate needs

The BC Fruit Growers’ Association said the federal aid package announced on May 5 is ‘underwhelming’. (Black Press file photo)
Feds to buy up surplus from Canadian agrifood producers as part of $252M investment

Feds to buy up surplus from Canadian agrifood producers as part of $252M investment

Trudeau announced an additional $200 million credit line for dairy producers

Feds to buy up surplus from Canadian agrifood producers as part of $252M investment
(Black Press Media files)

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

(Black Press Media files)
Cancellations of plant orders prompt advent of pop-up garden shops

Cancellations of plant orders prompt advent of pop-up garden shops

A Langley nursery is partnering with local eateries to sell 40 acres of veggie plants and flowers

  • Apr 9, 2020
Cancellations of plant orders prompt advent of pop-up garden shops
Township of Langley urges residents to buy local

Township of Langley urges residents to buy local

From farmers to mom and pop stores, Mayor Jack Froese commends Langley’s economy

Township of Langley urges residents to buy local
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)
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
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.
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