Supporting Our Region's Producers
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Upcoming KBFA Events
COVID - 19 and in-person field days
KBFA is following Health Canada and Worksafe BC recommendations for COVID-19 for in-person events.
If non-essential travel restrictions are brought back, the field days will be postponed.
All activities are hosted outside in a spacious setting.
STAY HOME if you don't feel well.
Webinar Series: Irrigate Better with Bruce Naka
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (PDT)
April 28 | May 12 & 26 | June 9
If you irrigate on your farm — or plan to, large or small scale — then this four-part webinar series by irrigation designers Bruce Naka and Andrew Bennett will help you save time, save money, and grow more with better irrigation practices.
Based on common problems and great solutions Bruce and Andrew have observed on farms across the Kootenay and Boundary regions, they've condensed the core fundamentals of good design and management into a few short sessions.
Every other Wednesday, sessions from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm will start with a 30-minute "big picture" presentation by Bruce, followed by discussion to dive into the details... so bring your questions along!
• "Irrigation Anatomy" introduces the A to Z of irrigation, from intakes and wells, through the maze of components for ideal pressure, flow, and water quality, out to headers, laterals, and emission systems.
• "Design Part 1" takes the mystery out of design, with a strong focus on sizing lines and laying out laterals to meet your farm's needs based on principles of hydraulics.
• Design Part 2" looks at delivery equipment, from subsurface drip to wheelmoves to pivots and guns, comparing differences in efficiencies, application rates, uniformity, labour, maintenance, and cost.
• "Scheduling" starts with the soil and root systems to calculate how much water you'll need and when to apply it, followed by an introduction to the basics of automation and soil monitoring to really make the most out of your investment in land, seed, equipment, and your time.
If there is demand, Bruce and Andrew have more sessions for later in 2021. Follow-up webinars might include "Pumps and Filters", "Maintenance," "Fertigation", and "Soil Moisture Meters in Practice", so be sure to join Bruce and Andrew on April 28 to let them know what YOUR farm needs.
Grazing Management & Soils with Norm Ward
Tuesday, May 18
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm (MST)
Norm Ward is the owner of Range Ward, Innovative Tools & Solutions used in the Management of Regenerative Ecosystems and he is the previous owner of Round-Up Ranch in Alberta where he used regenerative agricultural practices for over thirty years to restore the soil and productivity of the land.
At this field day Norm will discuss his approach to holistic and regenerative land management and the incorporation of livestock to build soil. Participants will be refreshed on the principles of grazing management and introduced to new concepts such as the soil microbiome.
This in-person field day will take place at the beautiful Karchuk Ranch near Kimberley, BC. The event may go virtual depending on the C-19 situation.
POSTPONED DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER
RE-SCHEDULED FOR MID-JULY
Fencing Systems with Little Fork Ranch
Wednesday, June 16
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (PST)
Building affordable and resilient fencing systems for livestock is a necessary investment for all producers but it can be challenging to know where to focus your energy and money. At this field day, we will hear from three ranchers about different and adaptable fencing systems for multi-livestock operations (including electric and permanent) who have tried and true lessons about where to invest your energy and dollars.
Guest speakers: Eric Moes is the owner of Little Fork Ranch and host for this in-person field day in Greenwood. Participants will see various fencing systems in action for cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry.
Matt Kitchen is the owner of Grassland Grazers and has extensive experience with cattle fencing systems.
Wilf Lindquist is a professional fence builder and rancher and brings practical knowledge about fencing costs and design.