Certified organic seed supply limited

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Organic farmers in Western Canada are turning to conventional seed as eager selling and limited production means few certified organic supplies are available for the growing season ahead, say industry specialists from across the Prairies. “Peas and lentils are getting nearly impossible to find in organic,” said Laura Telford, organic […]

Grazing through a drought

Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff When drought hits, you can blame Mother Nature — but management practices also come into play. “I don’t want to say that it doesn’t matter what happens with rain and that all drought is man made because of bad management,” said Vermont grazier Abe Collins. “That’s a very extreme position. Sometimes […]

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Acceptable organic substances altered

By Jennifer Paige OrganicBiz staff The new Canadian Organic Standards (COS) will give certified growers a clearer picture of what the can and cannot use on their fields. The new document is accompanied with a revised substance list that includes a new annex in order to be more user friendly, said Nicole Boudreau, coordinator with […]

Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Running on empty? It’s time for a re-set

By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff It takes guts to be a farmer these days. “Farming is an extremely complex business to run, and it takes remarkable courage,” said author Rebecca Thistlethwaite, who farms in Oregon. “It demands an incredible well of passion, a willingness to learn, and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ to make it work.” But more and […]