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

Ethanol producers downplay potential provincial policy shift

| Agriculture, Government |

Despite strong hints the Ontario government may back away from its earlier ethanol commitments, it’s full steam ahead for the $132-million ethanol plant in Aylmer, says a company official. "The statement by Premier (Dalton) McGuinty will not affect our plans," says Tom Cox, chairman of the Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC), which owns the plant. … Continued

Eat closer to home

Starting today, eating local foods will be easier than ever in Sudbury after the grand opening of the Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative store at 11 a. m. at Market Square. The goal of the co-operative is to only carry local produce, defined as food grown or raised within 150 miles of Sudbury. "What we’re hearing … Continued

Organic growers bringing produce to the people

| Agriculture, Business |

KITCHENER The strawberries are ripe, the tomatoes are plump and the lettuce is crisp. All they need now are buyers. A new co-operative of Waterloo, Perth and Wellington county organic farmers are hoping to gather a critical mass of residents who want to eat locally grown, pesticide and fertilizer-free foods on a weekly basis. For … Continued

Historic Amalgamation of Cooperative Packinghouses

(Kelowna) Four cooperative packinghouses today executed the final legal agreement for their amalgamation. The Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative is the culmination of decades of consolidation and mergers in the tree fruit packinghouse industry. The new cooperative will receive, store, grade and pack over 130,000 tons of tree fruits consisting of conventional and organic apples, pears, … Continued

Food co-operative plays matchmaker by linking local farmers with locavores

| Agriculture, Business, Community |

Good things grow in Oklahoma, including an idea that has inspired a co-op connecting Niagara’s farmers with the region’s locavores. The brainchild of Yvette O. Plentai, project manager for the Niagara Agritourism Centre, and aptly named the Niagara Local Food Co-operative, it’s a virtual market for anyone wanting to eat locally produced food. "The whole … Continued