New report highlights organic acres on Prairies

There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Western Canadian organic acreage appears to be stuck in neutral. Since 2014 the acreage has hovered around 1.4 million acres across the three Prairie provinces, according to Jill Guerra, research and special projects co-ordinator with […]

New organic grain processor under construction in Montana

OrganicBiz staff Montana Specialty Mills, LLC is building a new $20 million, 20-acre processing center in Great Falls that will feature grain processing equipment dedicated to making non-bioengineered/non-GMO products and organic oilseeds. The facility should be completed by the fall of 2018. The company says it chose to build the facility in the Great Falls […]

Field tests show sustained neonicotinoid exposure negatively affects bees

American Association for the Advancement of Science – In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers in Europe and Canada have affirmed what’s been hypothesized about neonicotinoids — that prolonged exposure to these insecticides negatively affects bees. Their results reveal that local environment and species influence the impact of these widely used […]

Quebec passes Saskatchewan in organic farms

Commodity News Service Canada – Saskatchewan has lost its position as the province in Canada with the most organic farms — to Quebec. According to Statistics Canada’s latest release from the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Quebec overtook Saskatchewan with 1,268 farms in 2016, compared to 879 in Saskatchewan. From 2011-16, the number of organic operations […]

Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

OrganicBiz staff Organic Alberta is hosting a Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters June 21 and 22 in Ferintosh, Alberta. The Soil Health Masterclass will give farmers a surprising and revealing look at their most valuable asset… their soil. “The workshop will give deeper insight on how to manage and read your soils”, said Masters […]

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What’s holding back organic growth in Saskatchewan?

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Michael Gertler wants to know why there aren’t more organic producers in Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan sociologist, along with colleagues JoAnn Jaffe from the University of Regina and Mary Beckie at the University of Alberta, has questions about restructuring in the farm sector, particularly what could be inhibiting growth […]

Wildflowers offer clues to what drives plant diversity

University of Queensland – A new study of Australian wildflower communities is improving understanding of how climatic stress controls plant diversity, based on the strategies different species use to survive, grow and reproduce. “Plant diversity tends to be lower in more stressful environments,” says University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences’ lecturer, and CSIRO researcher, […]