Organic grain firm picks up elevator near border

AGCanada.com – A Minneapolis startup in the organic grain business has bought a northwestern North Dakota elevator that further expands its southern Prairie catchment. Pipeline Foods — which has hung out its shingle as a buyer of organic, non-GMO wheat, pulses and oats for food and feed — announced on Oct. 3 it had bought […]

Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron opening new organic pea plant in Saskatchewan

By OrganicBiz staff Oscar winner James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron today announced the formation of Verdient Foods Inc., a new pulse food processing facility in Vanscoy, Sask. Once fully operational, the 160,000 metric-ton facility will become the largest organic pea protein fractionation facility in North America. The Camerons have entered into a four-year research […]

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 […]