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The 16th Annual Pacific Agriculture Show

A Weekend Of Learning, Tech Displays, and The Best Party In Town The Pacific Agriculture Show returns January 30 with the biggest and best program in its 16-year history.

er it’s cutting-edge technologies at the tradeshow, or the techniques learned in the Short Course seminars.

The ‘Ag Show’, as it’s often called, is the largest and most important agricultural exhibition in BC. It attracts thousands of farmers and producers every year, who come to kick the tires with more than 250 exhibiting companies.

The Pacific Ag Show is also the time when growers and producers celebrate the best in agriculture at the 12th Annual Agri-Food Industry Gala.

The two main aspects of the annual Ag Show are the tradeshow - where companies from around North America show off the latest in agricultural technology and products - and the slate of conferences. For fruit growers the main conference of interest is the annual Horticulture Growers’ Short Course. This conference covers fruit, vegetable and greenhouse producers, but the program for fruit growers is a major part of the show every year. The schedule of speakers is not yet released for the Short

Course, but organizers say there are some critical topics being addressed. Among the most serious is the outbreak of Spotted Wing Drosophila, which has devastated many of the berry crops in BC. Also known as the vinegar fly, this pest was first seen in BC in 2009, and last year was the worst year yet for crop damage.

Speakers will be on hand to brief growers on the best way to save the harvest from this and other agricultural pests. No matter what niche you’re in, the Horticulture Growers’ Short Course is an absolute must see. Growers attend the Pacific Ag Show primarily to learn new methods to improve their products or their yield, wheth-

The banquet at the Ramada Plaza in Abbotsford fittingly features the very best of BCproduced meats, dairy products, vegetables, fruits and wines. And while producers meet here every year for one of the year’s best parties, this is also a time to mark the achievements of innovators in the field with the BC Agriculture Council Awards. The twelfth annual gala will take place on Wednesday, January 29, in the Ballroom of the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre in Abbotsford. This year’s program starts at 5:00 PM with a champagne reception and networking event. Dinner is served at 7:00 PM and features a wide array of fabulous BC products. ■

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