Organic bids holding steady amid global uncertainty

By Phil Franz-Warkentin Glacier FarmMedia staff Markets for North American organic grains held reasonably steady in April, despite the COVID-19 pandemic roiling the conventional grains and oilseeds. “There’s really no volatility at all, month over month,” said Jason Charles, of Minneapolis-based Pipeline Foods. “Demand in the environment we’re in has been really good,” said Charles. […]

Lack of acres dampens organic canola demand

By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff A few years ago, Stuart McMillan got a call about organic canola acres in Western Canada. Considering there are 18 to 22 million acres of conventional canola across the Prairies, the caller couldn’t believe online data showing that organic canola was less than 2,000 acres. “I was contacted by […]

USDA launches Organic Integrity Learning Center

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – The National Organic Program has launched the new Organic Integrity Learning Center, providing free 24/7 online training for organic professionals around the world. “Fair and consistent certification and robust enforcement of the organic standards are keys to protect the integrity of the USDA Organic Seal that consumers trust and producers […]

Organic farmers don’t get a pass on clubroot

By Laura Rance Glacier FarmMedia editorial director Saskatoon – Organic farmers are mistaken if they think they will be spared from the clubroot infestation making its way across the Prairies because they don’t grow canola, a crops extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture says. Brent Flaten warned growers attending the SaskOrganics annual conference March 29 the […]