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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 […]

New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives

Cornell University – Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee’s own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the […]

‘World’s largest farm’ harvests $17.5-million for animal feed expansion

OrganicBiz staff AgriProtein has secured US$17.5-million from key strategic partners to fund expansion into Europe, North and South America and Asia for its waste-to-protein feed product. The new investment values the company at over US$117-million – making it the most valuable fly-farming business in the world. The funding helps position AgriProtein to meet growing demand from animal feed […]

Open Farm Day/Organic Week: Integrity Foods

Open Farm Day/Organic Week Tour of Integrity Foods, Riverton, Manitoba. Pets for all to enjoy – goats, sheep, pigs, miniature donkey, alpaca, chickens, geese, ducks, cats, dogs, rabbits. Garden walks and conversation on growing, harvesting and preserving food. Fresh pizza from the outdoor wood-fired oven available for purchase. Tours at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. […]

Cover crop field day at Wood Mountain, Sask.

Upland Organics, located two miles east of Wood Mountain, Sask. is holding a field day July 5 featuring speakers and field demonstrations on how to use cover crops in conventional, organic and livestock operations. Speakers include Garry Richards of Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd. who will address the benefits and techniques of cover crops, […]

USDA invites comments on new organic livestock regulations

By John Morriss OrganicBiz staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has invited comments on proposed changes to organic livestock and poultry production requirements. In a release, the USDA said the changes are intended to maintain confidence in organically labelled products, and are based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board […]