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 […]

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Expanded Canada-EU organic equivalency agreement to benefit sector

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff Canadian organic exporters may soon benefit from the European Union’s decision to expand the scope of its equivalency agreement with Canada to include organic food products that contain organic ingredients. The revised agreement announced March 7 means Canadian certified organic processed products that include imported ingredients will no longer require […]

New-crop organic premiums vary by crop

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Offshore competition is putting pressure on organic wheat prices, but premiums remain high for new-crop flax, oats and mustard, according to analysts and traders. Meanwhile, strong prices for conventional pulses may discourage growers from making the extra effort to produce organically. As new crop prices emerge, buyers are aggressively seeking […]

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Recommended varieties for milling oats

By OrganicBiz staff (as supplied by Grain Millers Inc. in Yorkton, Sask.) There are several recommended varieties of milling oats for the Canadian Prairies. With good agronomic management under conventional or organic systems, these varieties offer the best opportunity for producing food quality oats. Summit Leggett Stride Ruffian Minstrel Souris Camden (may require fungicide in […]