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Organic food continues to win market share

Alberta Farmer Express – The Canada Organic Trade Association marked National Organic Week in September by releasing new data that shows a “staggering” increase in the number of Canadians who are buying organic groceries every week. An online consumer research study done earlier this year found that organic food is on the weekly shopping list […]

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USDA needs to crack down on bogus organics

A July 3 editorial from Agweek, published in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
 U.S. commercial agriculture produces more food than American consumers can consume. We want to send our surplus to the world — frozen chicken, edible beans, soybeans. Conversely, we want agricultural imports. In the Upper Great Plains of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana, we […]

Studying the benefits of grassfed livestock

The production system is linked to healthier meat, egg and dairy products By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff It’s unlikely that University of Toronto researcher Richard Bazinet will include on his resumé the fact that he had a whole room of farmers holding their noses during one of his presentations. But it was actually an effective […]

Costco works with farmers to increase organic food supply

OrganicBiz staff The Seattle Times is reporting that Costco has started investing in farmers to increase the supply of organic foods and keep pace with consumer demand. “While other retailers might have loan programs for suppliers to upgrade equipment or offer financial incentives such as advance payments or long-term contracts, helping farmers buy land to […]

Turning livestock mortalities into compost

By Greg Berg OrganicBiz staff Livestock producers are always working to avoid mortalities, but they do happen and are an unfortunate part of production. In addition, dealing with the carcass afterward can be time consuming. On display at Manitoba Ag Days this past January, BioMulcher is designed to handle these dead animals by mechanically breaking them […]

Don’t sell your grain, market your farm

Canadian farmers need to understand their customers better By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Farmers attending this year’s AgEx conference received what some would consider odd advice: when you are building a marketing plan, don’t focus so much on the market. “The market doesn’t always take care of farmers,” Nicole Rogers, founder and CEO of Agriprocity, […]

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 […]

Open Farm Day/Organic Week: Howpark Farms

Open Farm Day/Organic Week Farm Tour at Howpark Farms. See organic grains, grass-fed organic beef and pastured chickens. Visit the Manitoba Open Farm Day website for details. Directions From Brandon, travel east on Richmond Avenue and at the corner of 65th Street East, turn south (right). Travel 11.2 km (7 miles) to dead end. Turn east […]