Can organic no till work in the field?

Environmental benefit is part of organic market value, but organic weed management usually means tillage, commonly considered a black mark for soil health. Is there a middle ground? By Alexis Stockford OrganicBiz staff Hairy vetch may be the key to reducing tillage in organic farming, at least in the short term. Martin Entz, a professor […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: October 11

USDA – Compared to two weeks ago, feed grade corn demand good, trading 48 cents lower as feed mills continue to fill positions getting to new crop. Forward contracting active. Feed grade soybean demand and activity very light. No forward contract activity. Soybean meal trade too limited to trend, but steady undertones noted. Food wheat […]

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Conventional farming wins on several key fronts: U. of Minnesota study

By Commodity News Service Canada A meta analysis of 164 scientific papers that compared crop yields, land use, pesticide use, and fuel use between conventional and organic farming systems, suggest conventional agriculture has several key advantages. The study found that conventional farming’s benefits compared to organic farming were most pronounced in the amount of land […]

Organic grain firm picks up elevator near border

AGCanada.com – A Minneapolis startup in the organic grain business has bought a northwestern North Dakota elevator that further expands its southern Prairie catchment. Pipeline Foods — which has hung out its shingle as a buyer of organic, non-GMO wheat, pulses and oats for food and feed — announced on Oct. 3 it had bought […]

Portrait Of Couple Running Organic Food Store Together

Organic food continues to win market share

Alberta Farmer Express – The Canada Organic Trade Association marked National Organic Week in September by releasing new data that shows a “staggering” increase in the number of Canadians who are buying organic groceries every week. An online consumer research study done earlier this year found that organic food is on the weekly shopping list […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: September 27

USDA – Compared to two weeks ago, feed grade corn demand good, trading 88 cents higher as feed mills fill positions to get to new crop. Forward contracting active. Feed grade soybean demand and activity very light. Light forward contract activity. Soybean meal demand and trade activity good. Soybean oil trade too limited to trend, […]

Organic processing sector study underway

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The organic food-processing sector is on solid ground in Canada, according to a broad-based report showing most firms experiencing year-over-year growth in excess of 10 per cent. But that growth continues to create its own set of challenges, most significantly an ongoing shortage of raw ingredient supply. Sourcing ingredients remains […]