Organic growers have bigger economic cushion

Lower costs and higher prices make organic producers more economically resilient according to provincial figures By Lorraine Stevenson  OrganicBiz staff Organic growers can still turn a tidy profit in 2018, according to Manitoba Agriculture cost-of-production figures released at Ag Days. Roy Arnott, a provincial farm management specialist, said it all comes down to what crops […]

MASC under fire at organic insurance update

Organic insurance has been a long-time sticking point for both producers, who say the program has significant flaws, and MASC, who say the program already loses money By Alexis Stockford OrganicBiz staff Organic producers are not happy with their crop insurance. Maurice Gaultier, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) insurance sales and service manager for the […]

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Organic research looks at potential for climate change mitigation through soil health

By Lorraine Stevenson and Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff New research looking at soil organic carbon adds to a growing view organic systems are both more energy efficient and store more soil carbon. Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Centre’s associate director of science programs, says that contributes to climate change mitigation. On average, organic crops consume 60 […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: January 17

USDA – Compared to four weeks ago, feed grade corn demand and activity good, trading 35 cents higher. Forward contract activity moderate. Feed grade soybean demand and activity moderate, trading 29 cents higher. Light forward contract activity. Soybean meal demand good on limited trade activity. Soybean oil trade too limited to trend, but firm undertones […]

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U.S. legislators consider boosting rural economic development through organic agriculture

OrganicBiz staff Two U.S. legislators have put a bipartisan bill before Congress that would promote organic agriculture as a rural development tool. Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) have introduced the Organic Farmers Access Act, which would expand eligibility for organic production in certain rural development programs and help enable organic agriculture to […]