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Soil Health: "What’s in Your Soil's Bank Account"
February 26, 2020
Date: Wednesday, February 26
Time & Location: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Selkirk College, Grand Forks
Attend this seminar to learn about what is in your soil's bank account. Norm Dueck of Heartland Soil and Crop Solutions and A & L Canada Laboratories will discuss essential nutrients for optimal crop productivity and how to make sense of your soil tests. We will review and interpret local soil test results at this event along with group discussion and Q & A. Bring your soil tests!!
Presenter: Norm Dueck
Norm along with Rosella and their three teenage children live in the Nechako Valley of Central BC. Norm has been involved in agriculture along the Hwy 16 corridor for the past 20 years as a consultant/crop advisor. From 1999 through June of 2015 he worked for a local Ag Retailer but
since 2015 has been working as an independent crop consultant for beef, dairy and grain farmers. He personally owns a quarter section which is rented to a local grower which allows him the opportunity to put into practice some of the things he “preaches”. Norm’s approach to agronomy is one of balance. If your soil nutrients are in proper balance to each other, your crop will show it and you will love it! His passion and love for agriculture has never been stronger!
Agri-tourism as a Diversification Tool for BC Farms
Revelstoke, Invermere and Creston
Revelstoke: February 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Community Centre, 600 Campbell Avenue
Invermere: February 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Copper Point Resort, 760 Cooper Rd, Invermere
Creston: February 28
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Creston Hotel, 1418 Canyon St
There are numerous potential synergies between agriculture and tourism. Join this session to understand the full spectrum of agri-tourism opportunities available to BC farms and to identify useful strategies to diversify farm revenue through agri-tourism. Participants will learn about BC’s manual “Farm Diversification through Agri-Tourism” and leave with ideas and better insight about what is involved to successfully design and deliver exceptional experiences to BC visitors on our diverse farms.
Presenter: Dr. Nicole Vaugeois
Nicole operates a small farm with her husband in the Yellowpoint area on Vancouver Island. A farmer for her entire life, she is passionate about agriculture and the value of farms and farm heritage to society. Nicole and her colleagues authored BC’s first Guide for Farm Diversification through Agri-Tourism manual for BC’s Ministry of Agriculture in 2018. Nicole is the Associate Vice President of Research at Vancouver Island University and is the Emeritus BC Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development. She serves on the Board for Destination BC, the Travel and Tourism Research Association and the BC Rural Centre.
Funding for this event is provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
Irrigation & Soil Management Symposium
Results & Discussion on Applied Research in BC
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, March 12
Location and time: Creston Hotel, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
This one-day symposium, hosted by the Kootenay Boundary Farm Advisors, BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network and Climate Action Initiative, is an opportunity to learn about results from field research on irrigation and soil management relevant to Kootenay-Boundary farming conditions. The morning sessions will focus on optimizing irrigation in row crops to use less water while maintaining crop health. The afternoon will include a hands-on session on soil management practices for improved nutrient and water management. This is a chance to discuss your practices and challenges with researchers and fellow producers as well as learn about new field research studies now taking place in the Kootenay-Boundary region.
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Dr. Louise Nelson, Professor in Biology, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Sean Smukler, Associate Professor in Applied Biology & Soil Science, UBC
Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, AgroWest Consulting