Farmers plan biodiesel plant to control own fuel needs

| Agriculture, Environment |

BEAUSEJOUR — A group of Beausejour-area grain producers is planning to build a biodiesel plant that uses canola oil, to take control of its fuel needs from big oil producers and help reduce farming’s carbon imprint on the environment. "We have no security against market fluctuations because we depend on large corporations for diesel fuel. … Continued

Whelk holds promise for Northwest Island, N.L.

| Agriculture, Business, Community |

An edible sea snail is creating viable work in the once-thriving fishing community of Northwest Island, N.L. A new fish plant used to process whelk has created jobs and generated hope in the small town of Ramea. The plant, financed by the Ramea Community Co-operative, employs about 20 people full-time. They process the edible mollusk … Continued

Funds announced to study economic opportunities

The Venables Valley Producers Co-op and the Seton Lake Indian Band were recipients of federal grants that were announced in Ashcroft last week. The Producers Co-op received $25,200 to conduct a feasibility study for a facility to compost pine-beetle killed trees, while the Seton Lake Indian Band received $99,000 to develop an economic plan and … Continued

Fair trade a fair shake for farmers

| Agriculture, Business |

The fair trade certified coffee market is not only fairer to farmers than the conventional coffee market, it is a uniquely remarkable way to stimulate economic growth in some of the poorest communities on the Earth. My perspective is in direct contrast to an opinion column by Gene Callahan that appeared on this page Aug. … Continued

Cape Breton farmers fear loss of crops after heavy rain

| Agriculture |

The five Cape Breton farms that make up the Bras d’Or Producers Co-operative may collectively lose hundreds of thousands worth of crops if the heavy rain that has been falling for the past week doesn’t stop soon, estimates farmer Joe King, a member of the co-op. King, manager of the produce division at Eyking Brothers … Continued

Sussex Co-op to serve up organic feed

| Agriculture, Business, Environment |

SUSSEX – The local Co-op mill will soon become the first in the Maritimes to process organic feed. In late June, the Sussex Co-op received organic certification from Ecocert a private certification company based out of Quebec and will begin processing organic feed after this year’s crops are harvested in late summer or early fall. … Continued

Organic milk to be made here

| Agriculture |

Winnipeggers should be able to buy Manitoba-produced certified organic milk for the first time later this year. Organic Meadow Inc., the leading producer of organic dairy products in Ontario, will sell the milk under its label as early as October, said Andrea Ramlogan, the farm co-operative’s operational planning manager.    Val and Conrad Zacharias surrounded … Continued

Cuba to let farmers buy equipment on credit

| Agriculture, Government |

HAVANA — Communist Cuba has begun offering private farmers equipment and other resources on credit along with more land, as President Raul Castro seeks to reform agriculture by loosening the state’s grip. Just days after a government decree authorizing land grants to farmers, they are being called to meetings and asked what machinery and other … Continued