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China and California export programs on behalf of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


GroSpurt™ presented Bal a cheque of just over $11,000 in support of the association’s research programs.


Each time a BCCA member purchases a GroSpurt™ product, such as GA3 and GA4, a percentage of the sale goes into the research fund.


Current BCCA research projects include improving quality of sweet cherries in simulated container


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Newly-elected director Neal Vander Helm. basis,” she said.


In 2017 the California Export Program will be similar to what it was in 2016, according to Cavers. The program fee will be lower for BCCA members and there will be a cost for each inspection. “There will be an additional charge per hour (or portion) for inspections that take longer than one hour and inspectors will be hired throughout the growing region,” Cavers said.


The BCCA is responsible for administering both the SUSAN MCIVER Susanna Acheampong


shipping being conducted by Kelly Ross of the Summerland Research and Development Centre. Louise Nelson of UBC-Okanagan is heading a project on monitoring cherry postharvest rot and predictive analysis.


B.C. Ministry of Agriculture scientist Susanna Acheampong asked that anyone seeing a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug or an insect they think might be a BMSB to contact her at (250) 861-7681 or susanna.acheampong@gov.bc.ca.


The bugs characteristically have white bands on their antennae and tend to occur in aggregations.


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British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Spring 2017


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