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 […]

Farming Couple Walking in a Field Holding Bucket, Spade and Vegetables

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, […]

Ontario organic survey looks at barriers to expansion

By John Greig OrganicBiz staff A large survey of Ontario organic and conventional farmers, processors and retailers shows that risk and concern about weeds and disease is the largest barrier to greater adoption by conventional farmers. The results of the survey were presented at the Organic Council of Ontario’s annual meeting in Guelph. The OCO […]