The annual Pacific Agriculture Show returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from Jan. 25 to 27. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The annual Pacific Agriculture Show returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from Jan. 25 to 27. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Pacific Agriculture Show celebrates 20th anniversary

Event runs Jan. 25 to 27 at Tradex in Abbotsford

The Pacific Agriculture Show, one of Canada’s largest agricultural events, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The show opened today (Thursday) and continues Friday and Saturday at Tradex in Abbotsford. To mark the anniversary, new exhibits are being introduced as well as international speakers presenting on topics affecting the industry.

This includes issues that directly impact B.C. farmers and food production, such as NAFTA, organic farming, and the shifting role of technology.

Among the highlights are new interactive events for the whole family, including a Bobcat square dance, a petting zoo, and an antique farm machinery museum featuring vintage equipment.

A silent auction throughout the show features images from some of B.C.’s biggest photographers and online influencers. All proceeds go to the BC SPCA.

Among the presentations are “Cricket Protein? BC Farmers Leading Food Innovation,” which looks at sustainable farming methods that cut back on carbon emissions and how technology is increasingly playing a role in the way we farm.

This includes cricket protein bars from Coast Protein, urban farming from Aeroroot, and shipping container farming from 500 Foods.

“NAFTA: New Challenges in Exporting to the United States” examines how the latest negotiations threaten growing challenges for local farmers exporting to the U.S. and “What’s Brewing in B.C.” looks at the latest trends in the craft-brewing industry.

The Pacific Agriculture Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Visit agricultureshow.net for more information.