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 […]

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Organic processing in Manitoba a bright spot

The numbers look slim, but experts say Manitoba’s modest processing increases in 2016 miss part of the story. By Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Manitoba had one more organic processor in 2016 than 2015, according to the last Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report, but provincial organics expert Laura Telford says the view might be more optimistic […]

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Organic research looks at potential for climate change mitigation through soil health

By Lorraine Stevenson and Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff New research looking at soil organic carbon adds to a growing view organic systems are both more energy efficient and store more soil carbon. Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Centre’s associate director of science programs, says that contributes to climate change mitigation. On average, organic crops consume 60 […]

Organic processing sector study underway

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The organic food-processing sector is on solid ground in Canada, according to a broad-based report showing most firms experiencing year-over-year growth in excess of 10 per cent. But that growth continues to create its own set of challenges, most significantly an ongoing shortage of raw ingredient supply. Sourcing ingredients remains […]

Organic Agronomy Training

In partnership with the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, the University of Manitoba is offering Part Two of the Organic Agronomy Training Program. Agronomists and others who are interested in providing agronomic advice to organic and ecological farmers will be equipped with data-gathering and decision support tools, and be trained in the art and science of […]

Funds available for organic on-farm trials and demonstration plots

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative invites applications for the 2017 field season. By OrganicBiz staff   The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is accepting applications for on-farm research trails and on-farm demonstration plots. We encourage on-farm projects that represent a collaboration between certified organic growers and researchers with demonstrated experience conducting research in organic agriculture. Both […]

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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 […]

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Expert advice available for organic grain growers

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has launched a new toll-free telephone number to provide advice to organic, transitioning, and interested grain and field crop producers across the Prairies. Organic experts are available to answer producer questions on organic grain and field crop production, transitioning to organic production, certification, agronomy, marketing, […]