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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

B.C. Tribunal rules propane cannons a "normal farm practice" for blueberry grower

The British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board has declined a request to order a Langley, B.C. blueberry operation to cease its use of two propane cannons on the farm.  The cannons are used to manage bird predation.  A neighbour of the operation complained about the continuous firing of the timer-activated cannons, at one time daily between 6:30 a.m. and noon and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Board found that the farm used the cannons in accordance with the 2009 "Ministry Guidelines for the use of Audible Bird Scare Devices for South Coastal BC" and, therefore, such use constituted a protected "normal farm practice".

Read the decision at: Mitchell v. Bhullar Farm Produce.