2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
40,000-Acre Farm Goes OrganicA big grain farmer in Western Canada is in the process of converting his entire 40,000-acre operation to organic, according to a recent report in Western Producer.
Travis Heide of Waldron, Sask., is already 75 percent organic and plans to be 100 percent by next year. His motivation? The high cost of inputs and the fact that most people don’t think it can be done. What he discovered is that once you start making the change, it’s easier to just keep going so you don’t have to maintain two sets of equipment. Any equipment used for both conventional and organic must be cleaned between uses to maintain certification.
Along with his brother, Garret, Heide has 15 full-time employees and more than 550,000 bu. of storage in his farmyard and two other grain storage yards in remote locations. He started a company called Organics Canada Ltd. and plans to produce and market wheat, barley, oats, lentils, peas, and hemp. Many of the employees are friends who moved to the area to work with Heide, who manages thousands of acres for a businessman in Calgary. They’re planning to add livestock to the operation, which will generate manure needed for crops. To read the entire article, go to www.producer.com and search for “Travis Heide”.
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