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Originally produced for the 2022 BC Organic Conference

In this episode, guest interviewer (and our sector’s Industry Specialist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries!) Emma Holmes interviews Dru Yates, a pest & soil specialist with E.S. Cropconsult, based in the lower mainland. This is part one of two. Here, Emma & Dru discuss Dru’s experience of the impacts of climate change on pest cycles, mass insect trapping techniques, and the use of robot beets to improve your crop handling.

Emma also reflects on the challenging farming conditions in 2021 and wants farmers to know that there is help available from the province. Here are a couple of links to programs aimed at helping those affected:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/2021-wildfire-and-drought-agrirecovery-initiative 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriservice-bc

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