Organic vineyard operator now B.C.’s ag minister

One of the operators of Vancouver Island’s first certified organic vineyard has been named British Columbia’s minister of agriculture as the opposition New Democrats take the governing reins. Lana Popham, the MLA for the Vancouver Island riding of Saanich South, was named July 18 as ag minister in Premier John Horgan’s cabinet. Horgan took over […]

Organic groups call for Ontario regulations

A nationwide study examines governments’ organic policy frameworks A look at organic regulation across the country by the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) shows a hodge-podge of support, despite national standards in existence for eight years. In a report released Monday, COTA called out Ontario, the largest market by far for organic products, for having […]

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Four summer events on organic farms in Manitoba

There’s no better way to learn about organic production than to check out organic farms for yourself. There are a number of events this summer that provide the opportunity to meet successful organic producers and to get your questions answered by the people who know what they’re talking about. Monday, July 17, Winkler. Organic On […]

Guelph to move to organic ag certificate in 2018

Undergraduate students at the University of Guelph will be able to pursue a new certificate in organic agriculture, starting in the fall of 2018. The university, home to the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), recently announced that after consultation with students, it has replaced the organic agriculture major of its bachelor of science in agriculture degree […]

Toronto juice firm backed for ‘cold pasteurization’

A Toronto organic juice processor that bills itself as shunning conventional pasteurization for its products has picked up federal funding to develop a “new-to-Canada” way to extend their shelf life. The federal government on Friday announced a “repayable investment” of up to $6.3 million from the AgriInnovation program for Greenhouse Juice Co. to set up […]