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Country Life in BC 36 Dale Road Enderby, BC V0E 1V4


Vol. 104 No.10


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FIRB poised to set live BC chicken prices – again Local governments can’t undermine ALR rules


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The agricultural news source in British Columbia since 1915 OCTOBER 2018 | Vol. 104 No. 10 Farm employers


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Phil Copping demonstrated his skill at shearing sheep during the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong this summer. Copping has 25 years of shearing experience and his demonstrations were a nice sidebar to a full range of agricultural displays and competition at the fair. More IPE photos are on pages 36-37. LINDSAY BARTKO PHOTO


on edge Changes to foreign worker program creating uncertainty


by PETER MITHAM


ABBOTSFORD – Another round of changes to the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program has farm employers on edge after the hassles of obtaining workers for the 2018 season. Come 2019, workers from Mexico will


have to provide biometric identification prior to arrival while employers face new housing standards against a backdrop of an ongoing review of the standards themselves.


The concern was palpable at an all-day


workshop the BC Agriculture Council organized in Abbotsford on September 21 to help growers understand what lies ahead. Biometrics and housing dominated the concerns expressed by the approximately 50 growers and 30 government and farm sector representatives in the room. “God help us with the biometrics,”


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Industry Review Board has upheld the right of cherry growers to use machines to dry their fruit. The decision responded to complaints two Coldstream property owners filed against Coral Beach Farms Ltd. for the noise created by equipment used at the farm’s nearby orchard between 2016 and 2018.


The complaints challenged whether the use of frost fans, turbo spray fans and


helicopters were in accordance with normal farm practices. In a decision released this


summer, FIRB chair John Les and board members Daphne Stancil and Al Sakalauskas determined the farm was acting within its rights under the province’s Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act. The decision also noted Coral Beach had undertaken reasonable steps to be a good neighbour. “The panel concludes that


Coral Beach has taken reasonable steps that a


neighbourly farmer would normally employ in the circumstances, and continues to do so to ameliorate the impacts of its operation on its neighbours,” states the decision.


The panel noted


agriculture can “often be intensive and disruptive” adding the Right to Farm Act was designed to protect farms like Coral Beach as long as they follow normal farm practices. Coral Beach, they concluded, has.


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