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Organic acres up on the Prairies, farmer numbers stable

By Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Manitoba and Saskatchewan couldn’t match Alberta’s explosion of new organic producers in 2016, but local experts say their gains have been in acres, not farms. Alberta gained 82 certified producers (counting livestock operations) from 2015-16, according to the 2016 Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report. Saskatchewan and Manitoba, meanwhile, […]

40,000 acre farm goes organic

High price of crop inputs drives decision to convert to organic production By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff There are 25 grain bins in Travis Heide’s farmyard, including six massive ones with a capacity of 70,000 bushels each. In total, the bins can store around 550,000 bu. of grain. That’s enough for 10,000 acres of […]

Food handling on the farm

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz Editorial Director  Farm-to-fork eating is fashionable among consumers, but it puts more pressure on those producing and handling crops to keep contaminants out of the food system, the agronomy manager for Fresh Hemp Foods says. Darrell McElroy said recent media reports and product recalls after people were sickened by E.coli- contaminated […]

Organic growers have bigger economic cushion

Lower costs and higher prices make organic producers more economically resilient according to provincial figures By Lorraine Stevenson  OrganicBiz staff Organic growers can still turn a tidy profit in 2018, according to Manitoba Agriculture cost-of-production figures released at Ag Days. Roy Arnott, a provincial farm management specialist, said it all comes down to what crops […]