Incentives urged to match organic supply to demand

Canada’s organic retail sales are growing faster than organic acres OrganicBiz staff Canadian governments will need to come up with incentives for farmers going organic if they want domestic supply to keep up with domestic demand, a national organic sector group warns. The Canada Organic Trade Association on March 1 released data showing 5,053 certified […]

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Apprenticeships available for aspiring organic farmers

Organic Alberta – Young Agrarians, a program of Organic Alberta, is growing the next generation of farmers through a new apprenticeship program in 2017. The program is intended to help aspiring farmers gain skills and insight from experienced producers willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Four host farms have been selected in central and northern […]

Organic grain, cattle production can make good partners

By Brenda Frick OrganicBiz contributor Grain and livestock production go well together. It works both ways: introducing organic grain production onto the ranch can provide a valuable market stream. Integration of cattle into grain farming can improve sustainability. For a livestock producer considering pasture renovation, or re-seeding of hay land, organic grain production can be […]

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Six limiting factors in your soil that will make or break your organic farm

By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff Organic farms and grazing operations are only as good as their worst resources, says Oregon-based grazier Abe Collins. “Soil is our primary infrastructure on the farm,” said Collins, who spoke at the recent Organic Alberta conference. “Biologically, chemically, and physically, you need to be looking at the limiting factors in your […]

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Cows need forage, forage drives communities

Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff When the cows leave the farm, so do jobs, businesses, abattoirs and kids, says Iowa farmer Tom Frantzen. Whole families pack up and eventually the communities themselves leave. Frantzen, a pioneer in organic farming since the 1990s and a leading spokesperson for biodiversity in agriculture, said when an area loses its […]