U.S. flag

Organic acreage in U.S. jumps 31 per cent

OrganicBiz staff New data released by the U.S. National Agricultural Statistics Service show certified organic crop and livestock production in the U.S. is expanding rapidly. A survey of USDA-accredited organic certifying agents shows the number of certified operations climbed 12 per cent to 14,861 between 2014 and 2015. Acres reported under organic production surged 31 […]

Telling consumers they’re wrong won’t win their trust

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor The organic sector must tread carefully or risk getting caught in the crossfire in the growing debate over social licence in agriculture, the president of the Canadian Organic Trade Association says. Dag Falck told the recent Organic Connections conference in Regina that while organic farmers are rarely targeted by consumers […]

Hand over wheat field in early summer evening.

Opinion: The opportunity in organic

Brenda Tjaden Opinion Over the past couple of years, I have been developing and promoting new marketing tools to help farmers prove the concept of sustainability to consumers, and to use that to their advantage in pricing. Most recently, my efforts have targeted helping those transitioning into organic. I have always been honest and unbiased […]

Compost bedding good for cow claw health

University of Veterinary Medicine-Vienna – The comfort and wellbeing of the animals is an important consideration when dairy cows are kept in barns. The freedom afforded by loose housing systems such as freestall cubicle barns promotes the natural behaviour and health of the animals. The widespread switch from tie-stall housing to loose housing has seen […]