OrganicBiz staff If all your investments are in similar stocks that react to the same triggers, you’re vulnerable to volatility and losses in the stock markets. So it goes in Nature. It’s well-known that diversity in species is important to a resilient ecosystem, but European researchers now say it’s not only a function of what is occupying […]
By Gary Martens OrganicBiz contributor More than 500 farmers, breeders, seed savers and seed companies attended the Organic Seed Alliance conference in Corvallis, Oregon, Feb. 5-6. The two-day event featured a keynote address from Cary Fowler, founder of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. He described his lifetime of seed saving mostly with the […]
High prices and the prospect of fewer input costs are attracting more farmers to organic farming in Manitoba.
By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Organic agriculture can play a important role in feeding the world, according to a new study comparing conventional and organic farming systems’ ability to produce yields, benefit farmers’ bottom line, and sustain the environment. That’s the conclusion drawn by Washington State University (WSU) researchers after a review of 40 years […]
By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff Manitoba farmers are facing some tough choices when it comes to squeezing a profit out of the crops they grow in 2016. But the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development annual crop production guidelines indicate there are still profits to be made in both conventional and organic production systems. These […]
By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Owners of a Pipestone-area farm that has more than tripled its cropped acres in less than a decade say its all due to switching from conventional to organic. Bryce Lobreau, who farms with his parents Danny and Robin, said they decided to transition their farm in 2009 to add more […]
By OrganicBiz staff (as supplied by Grain Millers Inc. in Yorkton, Sask.) There are several recommended varieties of milling oats for the Canadian Prairies. With good agronomic management under conventional or organic systems, these varieties offer the best opportunity for producing food quality oats. Summit Leggett Stride Ruffian Minstrel Souris Camden (may require fungicide in […]