Alberta organic industry hits new heights

By Jennifer Blair and Glenn Cheater Glacier FarmMedia staff A surge in the number of organic crop producers in Alberta has boosted organic production on the Prairies to a level not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. That’s a key highlight of a new report from the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, an alliance of Organic […]

Alberta’s organic heartland wants to bring more farmers on board

By Alexis Kienlen Glacier FarmMedia staff Being Alberta’s most northerly rural municipality isn’t Mackenzie County’s only claim to fame. “Right now, Mackenzie County has the highest number of organic farmers,” said Jacob Marfo, manager and research director of the Mackenzie Applied Research Association, (MARA). And the region may soon have more. MARA and Organic Alberta, […]

Hand over wheat field in early summer evening.

Two-year initiative to support organic agriculture and agri-food entrepreneurs

Organic Alberta – Commencing November 1, 2017 and running until October 31, 2019, The Mackenzie County Organic Success Program is a two-year, $330,000 initiative which supports agricultural and agri-food entrepreneurs in the Mackenzie County region to diversify into organic production. “The global organic market is now estimated at just under $90 Billion, and Mackenzie County […]

Food handling on the farm

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz Editorial Director  Farm-to-fork eating is fashionable among consumers, but it puts more pressure on those producing and handling crops to keep contaminants out of the food system, the agronomy manager for Fresh Hemp Foods says. Darrell McElroy said recent media reports and product recalls after people were sickened by E.coli- contaminated […]

Hand going through wheat field

Pair of organic field days offered

Organic Alberta  Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative will be hosting two field days on organic grain and field crop production. On July 11, there will be a tour of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station and Leffer’s Organic Farm. Federal researchers will talk about weed biocontrol, integrated pest management, soil health, and […]

COTA report released on organic sector in Western Canada

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The number of certified organic primary producers and processors are steadily rising in Western Canada, according to a new report touted as the most in-depth analysis yet of the organic sector in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Growing Organic in the Prairies released in May by the Canadian Organic Trade Association […]

Certified organic seed supply limited

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Organic farmers in Western Canada are turning to conventional seed as eager selling and limited production means few certified organic supplies are available for the growing season ahead, say industry specialists from across the Prairies. “Peas and lentils are getting nearly impossible to find in organic,” said Laura Telford, organic […]