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Organic acres up on the Prairies, farmer numbers stable

By Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Manitoba and Saskatchewan couldn’t match Alberta’s explosion of new organic producers in 2016, but local experts say their gains have been in acres, not farms. Alberta gained 82 certified producers (counting livestock operations) from 2015-16, according to the 2016 Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report. Saskatchewan and Manitoba, meanwhile, […]

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National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: May 9

USDA – Compared to two weeks ago, trade activity moderate on organic feed grade corn, light on organic feed grade soybeans and inactive on all other organic grains. Demand moderate on all organic grains. Feed grade corn traded 90 cents lower with the bulk of trade activity on forward contracting. No trend available on all […]

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National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: April 11

USDA – Compared with two weeks ago, trade activity and demand on organic feed grade corn and soybeans moderate to good. Forward contract activity for new crop is limited compared to two weeks ago. Feed grade corn traded 1.16 lower. No trend available on feed grade soybeans or wheat. Soybean meal and oil activity light […]

New organic oat varieties in the pipeline

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Prairie organic growers can for the first time this spring grow a registered variety of oats that has been developed under organic management. Limited quantities of AAC Oravena certified seed are now available through Fedoruk Seeds at Kamsack, Sask., after a lengthy breeding and development process by Agriculture and Agri-Food […]

40,000 acre farm goes organic

High price of crop inputs drives decision to convert to organic production By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff There are 25 grain bins in Travis Heide’s farmyard, including six massive ones with a capacity of 70,000 bushels each. In total, the bins can store around 550,000 bu. of grain. That’s enough for 10,000 acres of […]