Cover crops, compost and carbon

American Society of Agronomy – Soil organic matter has long been known to benefit farmers. The carbon in this organic matter acts as a food source for soil microbes, which then provide other nutrients to the crops grown. Microbes, insects and small soil critters produce materials that can improve soil structure and water retention. It’s […]

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 […]

Dutch organic farmers join to cut out the middleman

By sharing land, farmers increase their rotation options and produce enough 
to supply a major U.K. retailer By Ashley Robinson Glacier FarmMedia staff When Gerjan Snippe looked at how farmers were marketing their organic crops, he felt something was wrong. The Dutch commodity trader found himself importing organic products from Austria, even though the same […]

Organic gardener cuts out the middleman

Maria Johnson Glacier FarmMedia staff One Alberta producer’s journey to the field began with a simple question: ‘where do you get your food?’ An innocent question from a subsistence farmer in Kenya in the mid 2000s affected Mike Kozlowski in ways he never imagined. He spent months in the east African country through a Canada Millennium […]