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, […]

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 […]

Organic conference draws a crowd

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The game of chess isn’t learned easily, requires forward thinking, and you have to like playing it. That’s why University of Manitoba plant scientist Martin Entz compares it to organic farming. “It takes a long time to learn to do this well,” he said during his opening address to last […]