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National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: November 22

USDA* – Compared with two weeks ago, new crop feed grade corn demand and activity very good, trading 39 cents higher FOB. Forward contracting activity mostly on feed grade corn and soybeans. Feed grade soybean demand and activity good, trading 42 cents higher FOB. Not enough trade activity on all other organic grains to trend. […]

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Fungicides emerge as improbable villain against bees

Cornell University – When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. “Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been […]

Manitoba organic farmers now have an extension agronomist

OrganicBiz staff After a five-year-long hiatus, Organic farmers in Manitoba now have their own extension agronomist thanks to a partnership between the Manitoba Organic Alliance, the University of Manitoba and the provincial and federal governments. Katherine Stanley will be improving organic extension capacity in the province by offering educational opportunities and one-on-one support, a Manitoba […]

New report highlights organic acres on Prairies

There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Western Canadian organic acreage appears to be stuck in neutral. Since 2014 the acreage has hovered around 1.4 million acres across the three Prairie provinces, according to Jill Guerra, research and special projects co-ordinator with […]