PepsiCo says it wants to spread the adoption of regenerative agriculture to seven million acres by 2030. | Screencap via PepsiCo.com

PepsiCo unveils plans for regenerative ag

Yet another company has thrown its weight behind regenerative agriculture. PepsiCo announced April 20 that it wants to spread the adoption of regenerative agriculture to seven million acres by 2030. The seven million acres will be equal to the farmland, around the world, used to “grow crops and ingredients for the company’s products”, PepsiCo said […] Read more

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Saskatchewan Forage Council and the Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing, in Alberta, are joining forces to promote each other's events and activities. | Screencap via mfga.net

Forage groups join forces on soil health

In many ways, farm shows compete with other farm shows for attendance, sponsorships and the almighty dollar. But three ag groups on the Prairies are taking a different approach. The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Saskatchewan Forage Council and the Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing, in Alberta, are joining forces to promote […] Read more

Steve McElroy introduced cattle by buying heifers and introducing them to small parts of his farm. | Supplied photo

Cattle help organic operation save its soil

Steve McElroy started his farm in Hillsdale, Michigan, in 1989 as a conventional crop operation. He became a certified organic grower about 12 years later. He grew organic grains and row crops for 15 years. “Our soil is short of organic matter and wasn’t in good condition to go organic,” he says. “It was becoming […] Read more


PepsiCo says it wants to spread the adoption of regenerative agriculture to seven million acres by 2030. | Screencap via PepsiCo.com

PepsiCo unveils regenerative ag plan

Yet another company has thrown its weight behind regenerative agriculture. This morning, PepsiCo said it wants to spread the adoption of regenerative agriculture to seven million acres by 2030. The seven million acres will be equal to the farmland, around the world, used to “grow crops and ingredients for the company’s products”, PepsiCo said in […] Read more

Some scientists are now questioning the hype around regenerative agriculture, particularly the concept that activating soil biology, with practices like cover crops, intercropping and reduced tillage, allows a farmer to cut fertilizer rates.
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Regenerative ag gets closer scrutiny

Regenerative agriculture had a big year in 2020. It received a tremendous amount of media attention and Cargill committed to increase regenerative ag practices to 10 million acres of North American farmland by 2030. But more attention usually means more scrutiny. Some scientists are now questioning the hype around regenerative agriculture, particularly the concept that […] Read more


“Cargill is supporting farmer-led efforts to adopt and implement regenerative ag practices and systems on 10 million acres of cropland in North America by 2030,” the private company said in a news release. | File photo

Cargill adopts regenerative agriculture

Cargill has jumped on the regenerative ag bandwagon. In September, the Minneapolis company said it wants to increase the amount of land farmed with cover crops, reduced tillage and diverse crop rotations. “Cargill is supporting farmer-led efforts to adopt and implement regenerative ag practices and systems on 10 million acres of cropland in North America […] Read more

The Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association is hosting four online presentations on Thursday nights in November. | Screencap via mfga.net

Online sessions focus on regenerative ag

Ranchers and other producers can participate in a free regenerative agriculture conference next month. The Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association was planning to hold its Regen Ag conference in Brandon this November, but COVID-19 has made that impossible. The farm group, like many others, has adjusted to the pandemic and is hosting four online presentations […] Read more

General Mills has committed to establishing regenerative agriculture on one million acres by 2030, which includes a regenerative oat pilot project with 45 farmers from North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  | REUTERS/Lisa Baertlein photo

General Mills says consumers drive regenerative ag focus

Large corporations are focusing on regenerative agriculture because consumers think they should, according to Jay Watson from General Mills. He told the Soil Health Institute virtual conference in late July that research from the Washington-based Hartman Group has shown this to be the case. Consumers were asked who bears responsibility for making the world more […] Read more


Alex Boersch, who farms 5,000 acres near Elie, Man., is practising organic and regenerative agriculture on his cropland. He was a featured speaker at the 2020 Prairie Organics conference, held in early March in Brandon | Robert Arnason photo

What is the difference between organics and regenerative ag?

The brands, labels and words surrounding organic and regenerative farming have become confusing. Consumers likely have many unanswered questions: is regenerative better than organic? Which one is better for the environment and human health? Is there a real difference? It has also become perplexing for growers who want to tap into the alternative food markets. […] Read more

Gillian Flies of The New Farm in Ontario is optimistic that small regenerative practices can have big economic benefits because they could help stem wet and dry spells.  |  the New Farm photo

Is regenerative the next ‘sustainable?’

KELOWNA, B.C. — During a first-of-its kind conference in Kelowna earlier this year, producers, soil health experts and advocates gathered to discuss the future of farming. The First Canadian Summit on Climate Action in Food Systems focused on regenerative agriculture, looking at how farmers can be part of the solution in helping mitigate climate change. […] Read more