Landscapers benefit from organic land care extension program

American Society for Horticultural Science – A new study shows the impact of an organic lawn care training program designed for landscapers, including insights into landscapers’ attitudes, lessons learned, and challenges. The results also suggest ways in which extension professionals can bring value to organic land management programs. The article, which appeared in the February 2016 […]

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Organic methods now eligible for Alberta crop insurance

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Alberta’s certified organic producers are now eligible for insurance that recognizes their practices, but that opportunity comes at a higher price. Organic Alberta has been working with Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) to create an insurance program that recognizes organic production. Organic producers had always been eligible for insurance, […]

Heirloom dry beans suitable for small-scale organic production

Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff U.S. researchers have conducted field trials of heirloom dry bean varieties to determine cultivars that perform best under organic management. “Heirloom cultivars, in particular ‘Jacob’s Cattle Gold’, ‘Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg’, ‘Peregion’, and ‘Tiger’s Eye’, are suitable for local organic production according to the yield and yield stability analyses we performed,” […]

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Demand exceeds supply for organic ingredients

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Demand for organic products has enjoyed double-digit growth in Canada over the past decade and demand continues to outstrip supply, a senior official with the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) says. “The numbers of organic growers has increased slightly in the past two years, but the growth of the production […]