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Seasonal stress on organic spot prices

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Organic buyers have filled their needs ahead of this year’s harvest, which means producers looking to make last-minute sales face lower prices — especially as favourable crop conditions pressure the market. Grain supplies are running tight, with little carry forward expected, giving a boost to new-crop prices, while special crops […]

Field days for organic producers

OrganicBiz staff TCO Cert (TransCanada Organic Services) is holding a pair of field days on July 28. Its Alberta chapter — the Alberta Organic Producers Association — is holding its field day at the Daryl Cole Farm near Vegreville in conjunction with the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures research station. The research of interest to organic farmers […]

Flax seeds and flower

Late-May organic market trends

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Oilseeds Demand for organic oilseeds is high, one industry specialist says, which is keeping prices for flax steady and strong, while soybeans lag. Increased interest in alternative oil sources is driving demand for oilseeds, said Laura Telford, organic sector development specialist at Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. People want […]

Cereal grains

Organic methods now eligible for Alberta crop insurance

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Alberta’s certified organic producers are now eligible for insurance that recognizes their practices, but that opportunity comes at a higher price. Organic Alberta has been working with Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) to create an insurance program that recognizes organic production. Organic producers had always been eligible for insurance, […]

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 […]