Three ways to manage tough weeds on organic farms

Using green manure, increasing seeding rates, and incorporating mechanical weed control can help organic producers manage weeds on their operations By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff The biggest challenge on Steve Snider’s organic farm is weeds — and killing them properly isn’t a one-size-fits-all operation. “The key to remember in organics is there’s no one answer,” […]

How to build a soil-health bank account

This organic production technique offers a big-picture view of nutrient management — and a ‘tough love’ approach to soil fertility By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff Soil is a little like a bank account for nutrients — in order to manage them properly, you need to balance the budget. “No matter how big the bank account […]

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UBC study finds benefits of organic agriculture “vary heavily”

OrganicBiz staff When weighed for sustainability, the purported benefits and costs of organic agriculture can actually “vary heavily” from case to case, a new University of British Columbia study finds. The UBC study, titled “Many shades of gray: The context-dependent performance of organic agriculture,” published in the U.S. journal Science Advances, sets out to “systematically review […]

Organic agriculture part of the climate change solution

By Laura Rance Organic Biz editor Farmers have become accustomed in recent years to hearing about how agriculture contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which are widely believed to be a leading cause of global warming. Agriculture accounts for between 30 and 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions on the Prairies. One-third of that comes […]

Canada Bread buys into organic craft bread market

AGCanada.com – A Toronto baking firm that grows and contracts its own organic grains in eastern Ontario is going to be an entry point in the craft bread market for Canada Bread. Canada Bread, the Canadian arm of Mexican baking giant Grupo Bimbo, announced Monday it had completed its deal to buy Stonemill Bakehouse Ltd. […]

Why nature restoration takes time

Netherlands Institute of Ecology – ‘Relationships’ in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really ‘connected’ at first. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers here. A European research […]

Incentives urged to match organic supply to demand

Canada’s organic retail sales are growing faster than organic acres OrganicBiz staff Canadian governments will need to come up with incentives for farmers going organic if they want domestic supply to keep up with domestic demand, a national organic sector group warns. The Canada Organic Trade Association on March 1 released data showing 5,053 certified […]

Studying the benefits of grassfed livestock

The production system is linked to healthier meat, egg and dairy products By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff It’s unlikely that University of Toronto researcher Richard Bazinet will include on his resumé the fact that he had a whole room of farmers holding their noses during one of his presentations. But it was actually an effective […]