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Seed production capacity building grants available

OrganicBiz staff The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is offering “seed production capacity building grants” to assist development of seed sources for ecological farming systems. The initiative has worked in partnerships with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada to offer training on seed production since 2013. The grants are to help […]

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Pair of organic field days offered

Organic Alberta  Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative will be hosting two field days on organic grain and field crop production. On July 11, there will be a tour of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station and Leffer’s Organic Farm. Federal researchers will talk about weed biocontrol, integrated pest management, soil health, and […]

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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 […]

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U.S. ag secretary calls for mandatory GMO label

OrganicBiz staff Legislation to avoid a patchwork of state laws on labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods should make such labels mandatory, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told farmers in New Orleans on March 4, 2016. Vilsack’s remarks at the Commodity Classic, a U.S. farmers’ trade show and multi-group convention, come as the U.S. Senate […]

Organic conference draws a crowd

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The game of chess isn’t learned easily, requires forward thinking, and you have to like playing it. That’s why University of Manitoba plant scientist Martin Entz compares it to organic farming. “It takes a long time to learn to do this well,” he said during his opening address to last […]