The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) has now released the 2016 Organic Agriculture in the Prairies Report. Organic certification bodies across Canada provided 2016 operation and acreage data to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), who in turn compiled, analyzed, and produced the report, with support and insights from POGI and sector experts.
Jill Guerra, Research and Special Projects Coordinator at COTA presented participants in POGI’s May Stakeholder Teleconference call with a pre-publication preview. The full report is now available to the public.
The Prairie organic report details organic operations including primary producers and processors/handlers, organic acreage and crop types, and province-specific trends and statistics.
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is a tri-provincial project dedicated to achieving resiliency and stability in the prairie organic sector by focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of organic grains, and developing relationships across organic market value chains. It is funded in part by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
A partnership between Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, and Manitoba Organic Alliance, the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is bringing the community together to develop a strong foundation of programs, resources, and relationships upon which the prairie organic sector can truly flourish.
The Initiative focuses on compiling innovative research to create resources for producers that improve best management practices and consequently their resiliency, stability, and profitability. A primary objective is to help farmers increase yields and improve grain quality. The resources train producers to implement best management practices that build soil fertility, manage weeds, and maximize grain quality.