Quebec dominates growth in organic sector

Organic acreage in Quebec has increased 65 percent between 2017 and 2019, jumping to 570,000 acres from 314,000 By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff The number of organic farmers and acreage may be flattening in Canada, but not in Quebec. Growth is off the charts in that province as it continues to add growers and […]

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Feds back first-in-Canada organic hothouse radishes

By Dave Bedard Glacier FarmMedia staff A Quebec vegetable grower will be spotted over $625,000 toward what’s billed as a first-in-Canada plan to grow organic radishes year-round. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Aug. 13 announced $625,419 in repayable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) funding through the AgriInnovate program for Les Jardins A. Guerin et Fils, […]

New study shows ‘organic’ wounds improve produce

Texas A&M AgriLife – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists found benefits of insect leaf-wounding in fruit and vegetable production. Stress responses created in the fruits and vegetables initiated an increase in antioxidant compounds prior to harvest, making them healthier for human consumption. “Many studies in the past supported this idea, but many others showed no differences,” […]

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 […]