Organic beef, one small step away

By Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff Dale Hicks says his 60-head cow herd is “one small step away” from being drug-free and certified organic, emphasizing that organic beef is merely a byproduct of organic grain production. “There’s no way you can grow organic grain unless you have a significant percentage of forages in your rotation,” said […]

Study suggests cover crop mixtures increase agroecosystem

Penn State – Planting a multi-species mixture of cover crops – rather than a cover crop monoculture – between cash crops, provides increased agroecosystem services, or multifunctionality, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. That was the conclusion drawn from a two-year study of 18 cover-crop treatments, ranging in diversity from one […]

Pouring red wine into glasses in the vineyard

Does wine made from organic grapes taste better?

University of California-Los Angeles – It’s time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new UCLA study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better – and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it’s often cheaper, too. Though consumers remain reluctant to spend more on wine from organic grapes, the new study from UCLA researchers shows that […]

CombCut put to test in organic trial

Mechanical weed removal without intensive manual labour possible with Swedish implement By Shannon VanRaes OrganicBiz staff Like a spiky purple mohawk, thistles dominate a check strip purposely left in an organic wheat field at the Ian N. Morrison Field Research Farm in Carman. Pointing to it, the farm’s senior technician Keith Bamford tells a groups […]

New online course on organic seed available

By OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has teamed up with the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) to offer a seed internship program linking experienced organic seed producers with beginning farmers through a series of webinars. The new online course is available to anyone interested in learning how to grow organic seed. […]