B.C. farm journal under new ownership

Cathy Glover. (Photo courtesy Country Life in B.C.)

The monthly paper billed as Canada’s oldest independently-owned farm journal has yielded a new owner from its own front office.

Cathy Glover, the assistant editor and sales manager for Country Life in B.C., was announced Wednesday as the journal’s new owner, taking over from retiring editor/publisher Peter Wilding.

British Columbia’s commercial farmers and ranchers “have been our bread and butter for a very long time, and that’s where we plan to keep our focus,” Glover said in a release. “I’m looking forward to increasing our circulation and increasing our ability to provide news that B.C. farmers should know in a more timely fashion.”

The journal, launched by William C. Harris in 1915 under the name Garden, Orchard and Farm, was honoured in 2015 with a Century Farm award from the provincial agriculture ministry.

The paper, which now reaches about 9,000 farmers per month, took its current name in 1919 and later became known as “the voice of organized agriculture in B.C.,” being delivered to the members of every farm organization in the province.

Glover, who came to the paper from Western Living magazine in 1997 as the journal’s beef editor, also became its ad sales manager when Wilding bought the paper in 2000. Financial terms of the sale to Glover weren’t disclosed in Wednesday’s release. — AGCanada.com Network

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