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

At the centre of regenerative ag is a belief that healthy soil reduces dependence on crop inputs.
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The fifth revolution

BRANDON — In the early 1980s, zero tillage was just underway in Canada. A small band of progressive farmers had stopped tilling their land but the majority of growers were still turning the soil black. By 2011, everything changed. More than 56 percent of Canadian farmland was seeded without tillage and 25 percent was managed […] Read more

Nancy Hewlett hurls a heavy slab of sprouted barley to feed her hens and roosters on the Sage Creek Permaculture farm.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. farm champions regenerative agriculture

A fodder system allows cattle on the Sage Creek Permaculture farm to eat 100 percent grass all year round

AIRDRIE, Alta. — Nancy Hewlett hurls a heavy slab of sprouted barley into the pig pen. She then moves to the chickens, chucking in another slab. The animals devour it almost instantly. The grass slabs, known as fodder, are constantly growing on the Hewlett’s farm, Sage Creek Permaculture, near Airdrie, Alta. She and her husband, […] Read more