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! The agricultural news source in British Columbia since 1915. November 2016 | Vol 102 No.11 Hazelnut growers have reasons to be optimistic


Filbert growers have nowhere to go but up by DAVID SCHMIDT


CHILLIWACK – The BC hazelnut industry has bottomed out, BC Hazelnut Growers’ Association director Thom O’Dell told a large group of current and potential new growers at the hazelnut field day at Helmut Hooge’s farm in Chilliwack in September.


Once flourishing in the Fraser Valley, hazelnut growers started falling on hard times when Eastern Filbert Blight invaded just over a decade ago. Since then, many long-standing orchards have been removed and the remainder are heavily infected with the incurable disease. Seeing the writing on the wall, five (now four) Fraser Valley growers and one on Hornby Island worked with


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1.888.675.7999 The final days of fall at a ranch near Houston in BC’s Bulkley Valley. (Tori Long/Pasture Poses Photography) Animal welfare bill defeated by PETER MITHAM


OTTAWA – Parliament won’t be proceeding with legislation that many farm organizations feared would criminalize a variety of livestock handling practices.


Bill C-246 was a private member’s bill introduced by Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, the Liberal MP for Beaches-East York in Toronto. Designed to improve animal welfare and ban practices such as shark finning, groups including the Canadian Pork Council claimed that it “greatly increases the risk of livestock producers and companies facing criminal liability for producing, wholesome affordable food.”


Much of the fear stemmed from the bill’s


provision that “everyone commits an offence who, wilfully or recklessly … kills an animal or, being the owner, permits an animal to be killed, brutally or viciously.”


MPs and the pork council alike argued the bill could see farmers and others subject to court action by animal rights groups for allowing their animals to be slaughtered. “They were concerned that there are some gray areas in the legislation,” says Trevor Hargreaves, director of producer relations and communications with the BC Dairy Association. The concerns led to the bill not receiving approval for second reading on October 5. While the association typically leaves federal


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