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Letters: Buying carbon indulgences

I find David McInnes’s gushing about Canada’s record in food sustainability appears to be suspect. I duly note that he is under contract to 22 various and sundry special interest groups seeking some sort of good agribusiness seal of approval for food sustainability. You report Maple Leaf Foods, of listeriosis infamy, buying indulgences in response

John Cross, who now ranches with daughter Tanis, began using regenerative ag practices when he took over A7 Ranche 35 years ago. But it’s an ongoing and evolving process, they say.

Regenerative agriculture is becoming the next big thing for consumers

As interest in how food is produced increases, regenerative ag is a trend to watch

Consumers have latched on to a new-to-them concept that puts soil health front and centre — regenerative agriculture. “For farmers, (regenerative agriculture) is nothing new, but now we’re starting to see consumers use the term,” said Jo-Ann McArthur, president of Nourish Food Marketing in Toronto. “When we look at it, we see it potentially becoming


Regenerative ag takes off online

Regenerative ag takes off online

The MFGA says it has been happy with numbers after the pandemic forced its normal November conference online

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) says it has gained traction after taking its November regenerative agriculture conference online. Earlier this year, the MFGA announced it would shift its multi-day conference in Brandon to four weekly online sessions in November. Duncan Morrison, MFGA executive director, says over 700 participants have registered. “I think we got different people registering

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Tech firm aims to boost regenerative ag through A.I., machine learning

Terramera proposes to cut emissions, sequester carbon through efficiencies

A Vancouver ag tech firm is pitching a proposal to both public- and private-sector investors that would use Microsoft technology to help the ag sector “pull carbon from the air.” Terramera on Monday put forward a $730 million proposal for an initiative it calls the Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, which would oversee efforts to

Regenerative ag takes soils off life support

Regenerative ag takes soils off life support

Diversity in all its forms is key to ‘regen ag’

We’ve got to stop treating our soil like dirt. That statement is among the driving forces behind the growing number of Canadian farmers adopting regenerative agriculture, a movement that has gained traction over the last decade as both knowledge and interest in soil biology has spread among academics and producers. Put in basic terms, ‘regen


Clanman cows munch on feed made of an 11-variety polycrop, including turnips and a few different types of clover.

Regenerate renegades

Faces of Ag: Bucking trends and seeking new ideas led Clanman Jerseys to regenerative agriculture

Not long ago, Sean Smith was in an Alberta lab learning to identify soil micro-organisms. He’s not a scientist. He’s a dairy farmer with a penchant for learning and experimentation — an inherited trait at Clanman Jerseys. “I think that’s probably one of the biggest things about our farm. We’re not afraid to do something

Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier and their three daughters, Olivia (6), Anne Rose (4) and Lila (1).

Resurrecting the family farm

Faces of Ag: Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier are determined to give their girls the same farm life that shaped them

As 25 ewes and a gangly baby llama mill around Christel Lanthier, her six-year-old daughter chats to her in French, the language they speak at home. She’s wondering if you want to know anything about the cats, Christel translates for a reporter. Olivia explains the names of the three cats and shows off her stuffed

Ray Archuleta (left) with his volunteers, (left to right): Mike Bennet, Tyson Dueck, Codie Dueck and Markus Dueck.

Spreading the word

Pioneers of regenerative agriculture speak in Rosa

In late January, U.S. conservation ag guru Ray Archuleta asked for four volunteers to come to the front of the room and help him with an experiment. Called the ‘slake test’ it was designed to demonstrate soil stability to the 100 attendees at a soil health workshop at the Shevchenko Ukrainian Centre in Rosa. Archuleta,


Steven Rosenzweig says General Mills is promoting regenerative agriculture because it helps meet the company’s sustainability goals.

Regenerative ag finds a corporate champion

General Mills supports regenerative agriculture, but says it’s not about something to slap on its label

[UPDATED: Feb. 3, 2020] When the topic of who might drive a regenerative agriculture push comes up, one name keeps cropping up: General Mills. The Minnesota-based producer of packaged consumer goods first staked out its claim to this turf by promising in 2015 to source its top 10 ingredients sustainably by 2020. As it nears

Visitors to Brooks and Jen White’s farm, Borderland Agriculture near Pierson, Man., got a closer look at adaptive grazing with bison in summer 2018.

Can regenerative agriculture products find a premium niche?

“We have a product that we should be able to demand a premium from. I just don’t know how to do it,” says Brooks White

Pipestone’s Brooks White needs no convincing about the biological value of regenerative agriculture. His fields of cover crops, annual stands grazed by bison, and adaptive pasture system speak for themselves of his commitment to this way of farming. And for that commitment he’s been rewarded — in the form of lower inputs, higher soil organic matter, more and better feed for his livestock and