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“Big Organic”: Threat or Opportunity?

February 10, 2016

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I’m proud of the growth in the organic sector. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic sales in the United States have increased from $3.6 billion in  1997 to over $39 billion in 2014. This double-digit rate of growth holds true for Canada, too, which is now the fourth-largest organic market in the world. This […]

What Story Does “License to Farm” Tell?

January 29, 2016

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Social license needs to be earned, not demanded or expected...Our diverse agricultural community has the capacity, the opportunity, and the responsibility to meet a diversity of consumer demands.

Trading Places: Two farmers step out of their comfort zones

December 18, 2015

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step across the “conventional/organic divide”? During the first week of December, we (Jen Christie and Rob Wallbridge) did just that. Rob (an organic vegetable grower) had been invited to speak on a social media panel at Agri-trend’s Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon, SK; an annual […]

Infographic: Weed Control Strategies

May 27, 2015

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I get asked a lot about how organic farmers control weeds without the use of herbicides. (And with the rise and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, the issue is on the mind of many conventional farmers, too.) Some naturally assume that in the absence of herbicides, hand-weeding or deep tillage, along with all the drawbacks of […]

Is Organic Farming Anti-Science?

April 16, 2015

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Originally posted on In Udder News...:
This question has been weighing on my mind recently. For the past several weeks, I’ve read several different opinions and assumptions that farming organically means that scientific knowledge and research is thrown out the window. I’ve also heard opinions that organic farming is not as innovative as conventional farming.…

New MacDonald, Old Divisions?

March 2, 2015

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Here's the real irony: campaigns like "New MacDonald" threaten to alienate the very people the organic sector needs most right now: farmers. In my opinion, it's time to start building bridges, not digging trenches.

“Fighting for Understanding”: An Advocate’s Checklist

February 18, 2015

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If you’re a farmer on Twitter, chances are you’ve come across #farm365, the agricultural advocacy concept that was hijacked by radical vegans, with sadly predictable results. After the first week, I was inspired to share a short list of “tips” that I hoped would guide conversations in positive directions. It generated a lot of supportive […]