“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 practicing organic and regenerative agriculture on his cropland. He was a featured speaker at the 2020 Prairie Organics conference, held 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

North Peace Applied Research Association manager Nora Paulovich and research co-ordinator Tom Fromme inspect crops on the research site.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta research group focuses on soil health

The North Peace Applied Research Association encourages producers to look at regenerative agricultural practices

MANNING, Alta. — A northern Alberta research group is on the front lines of soil health, showing producers alternative methods to improve the land. Nora Paulovich and Tom Fromme of the North Peace Applied Research Association (NPARA) dedicate much of their site for testing soil health, encouraging producers to look into regenerative practices. “This is […] Read more

Kris Nichols, founder and principal scientist with KRIS Systems, led a soil health workshop in Manning, Alta., in early June.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Expert encourages regenerative practices

Kris Nichols says conventional farmers have no excuses, suggesting time is running out to adapt to a changing climate

MANNING, Alta. — Soil health expert Kris Nichols says now is the time for producers to implement regenerative practices, suggesting it will help ensure farms remain productive in the long-run. Speaking in Manning during a soil health workshop in early June, Nichols said people are running out of time to adapt with the changing climate, […] Read more

Cattle at Steve Sickle’s farm near St George, Ont., thrive in his rotational pasture system, where they are moved to fresh grass every day. This year heavy rain has produced lush amounts of grass that is growing faster than the cows can eat it.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Cattle play major role on Ontario grain farm

Producer receives environmental stewardship award for the work he has done in crop and pasture management

ST GEORGE, ONT. — Steve Sickle is a life-long learner when it comes to managing crops and pasture. One of the things he has learned is that cattle and cropland go together. Beef Farmers of Ontario agrees with his theories and named him its 2019 environmental stewardship award winner. Sickle said the award caught him […] Read more

Regenerative agriculture is a set of practices that improves soil health and increases productivity by using cover crops, minimal tillage, permanent land cover and integrating livestock into the farm.
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Organic certification takes the next step

The Regenerative Organic Certified standard was created in the U.S. partly as a way to deal with tillage in organic farming

Regenerative Organic Certified is a mouthful and possibly a bit confusing. But the standard and its brand, an R and an O in a circle with an arrow pointing to a plant, could become a familiar logo on grocery store shelves. The Rodale Institute, an organic research group based in Pennsylvania, created the RO label […] Read more

Over the last three to five years, soil health has become a major point of discussion in North American agriculture. | File photo

General Mills program takes aim at soil health

General Mills wants to change the world, through better soil health. This morning the maker of Cheerios and Nature Valley granola bars, announced plans to promote regenerative agriculture in North America and around the world. The company plans to partner with organic and conventional farmers to increase the adoption of cover crops, diverse crop rotations, […] Read more