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I N T H I S I S S U E Winter 2012-13


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On The Cover Bears and berries are a natural combination, but an


alarming increase in the number feasting at his Coquitlam blueberry farmhas been a huge concern for Sid Kwantles. See page 5.


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YOUR BUSINESS PRUNINGS


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NEWAG MINISTER


NormLetnick, the seventh British Columbia agricultureminister in the past four years, is looking to forge alliances with industry.


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PROMISING NEWBERRY


Study by doctoral student Eric Gerbrandt is aimed at determining if blue-berried version of the honeysuckle can be adapted successfully to the Fraser Valley.


MARKETYEAR IN REVIEW


Although it has not been a stellar one for any of the berry commodity groups, it’s beenmuch worse for some than others,mainly due to the vagaries of weather.


SWD: VIGILANCE ESSENTIAL


Much has been learned about SpottedWing Drosophila during the past three years, but there’s still much to find out about this new invasive pest of soft fruits.


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