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Seed production capacity building grants available

OrganicBiz staff The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is offering “seed production capacity building grants” to assist development of seed sources for ecological farming systems. The initiative has worked in partnerships with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada to offer training on seed production since 2013. The grants are to help […]

Know an organic hero?

Nominate someone you know who has contributed to growth in the organic sector OrganicBiz staff Organic Connections, a non-profit organization established to organize conferences and trade shows for the Prairie organic industry, is looking for organic heroes to honour at its conference and trade show in Regina Nov. 3 to 5, 2016. Two heroes selected […]

Slicing weeds down to size

Organic grain growers have been snapping up CombCut machines ‘like crazy‘ — but they’re also a way to control herbicide resistant weeds By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff  A new piece of machinery is helping crop growers control broadleaf weeds on their farms — especially on organic operations. “Organic growers are buying these CombCut machines like […]

New online course on organic seed available

By OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has teamed up with the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) to offer a seed internship program linking experienced organic seed producers with beginning farmers through a series of webinars. The new online course is available to anyone interested in learning how to grow organic seed. […]

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Late-May organic market trends

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Oilseeds Demand for organic oilseeds is high, one industry specialist says, which is keeping prices for flax steady and strong, while soybeans lag. Increased interest in alternative oil sources is driving demand for oilseeds, said Laura Telford, organic sector development specialist at Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. People want […]

Going the extra mill

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff It was a bad bout of fusarium in 2000 that laid the foundation for a Manitoba organic sector success story. Back then the DeRuyck family was farming conventionally and they’d made their usual inputs in the spring — seed, fertilizer, spray — only to be left with a disappointing harvest […]