Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Policy Conference. The report, “2010 Impacts of the U.S. […]
By David Boderke Farmers Guardian, 4 May 2012
A new virtual institute to help farmers produce more efficiently and an updated software ‘tool’, which helps farming and food industries to calculate their carbon footprint, are being launched this week. The open-source tool can be downloaded free from the Cool Farm Tool Institute website.
by Melissa Benner Soiled & Seeded, May 2012
Erica Lemieux has ingeniously incorporated all three of these elements into her urban agriculture business, City Seed Farms. As the planting season begins, you’ll find her cycling between backyards in the High Park and Junction neighbourhoods of Toronto, with a trailer full of tools and […]
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, Ontario Goat, along with the Canadian Sheep Federation, Canadian Sheep Breeders Association and the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association, would like to express their collective concern over the 41 missing Shropshire sheep.
On April 2, 2012, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified the public of a breach of quarantine in […]
Carmen Ugarte, University of Illinois Ed Zaborski, University of Illinois eOrganic
Importance of Nematodes in Agricultural Systems
Nematodes contribute to a variety of functions within the soil system. In agricultural systems, nematodes can enhance nutrient mineralization and act as biological control agents.
Nematodes and Soil Fertility
Soil nematodes, especially bacterial- and fungal-feeding nematodes, can contribute […]
By Bette Jean Crews,
Director Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)
A provincial initiative is underway to create a food and nutrition strategy for Ontario. Sustain Ontario – a coalition of health and food industry professionals – is among a group of organizations contributing to the document, which is available on the group’s website until […]
In March and April FarmStart participated in two Careers in Agriculture High School Workshops. The workshops were organized by the Career Education Council as part of a two year program to raise awareness among high school students about the opportunities that exist in agriculture. The workshops which were held in Mount Forest and Guelph […]
In North America billions of federal taxpayer dollars are used to subsidize unhealthy, processed foods instead of the fruits and vegetables recommended for a healthy diet. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The US Congress is currently debating practical changes to agricultural policies that can shift priorities to provide greater support to […]
On the morning of Sunday April 15 I headed up to Fergus to Ewenity Dairy and met Eric and Elizabeth Bzikot for the first tour in the Skill Building Farm Tours Ecological Livestock Series! In the morning we toured the dairy where they receive sheeps milk from a network of farmers who […]
As many of you may already be aware, the Organic Council of Ontario is now accepting consumer memberships which are named COfarmer memberships. Our goal is to attract 3,000 COfarmer members by March 31 2013! COfarmer membership is absolutely critical to OCO as it will provide the funding we need to remain in opperation, […]