The organic Farm Manager will be the manager for the Kamsack farm, and will oversee and implement all farming operations from crop planning, fieldwork, and harvest. Are you familiar and experienced with all aspects of organic farming at a large scale? Apply today!

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As the organic industry evolves, policy frameworks, consisting of governmental regulations, policies and programs, are required to support the expansion. This report analyzes and tracks the existing organic policy frameworks at the federal, provincial and territorial levels of government.

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Event Date:  Jul 16, 2017

Come for a FREE tour of this hidden gem, and learn about the plants and the bees!

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Posted On:  Jul 13   |   Events

Give Peas a Chance – Carrington, ND

Event Date:  Jul 18, 2017

Learn about field pea and oat varieties well suited to organic rotations by touring test plots with NDSU Carington Research Extension Centre's researchers.

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Posted On:  Jul 13   |   Events

Ag in Motion – Saskatoon, SK

Event Date:  Jul 18, 2017

Ag in Motion is the largest agricultural trade show in Western Canada that provides an outdoor venue for progressive farmers that want to see and feel the latest agricultural innovations – all in one place.

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In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers in Europe and Canada have affirmed what’s been hypothesized about neonicotinoids — that prolonged exposure to these insecticides negatively affects bees.

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Natural systems are diverse and include a variety of plants, animals, microbes and fungi. This diversity is considered a key to their resilience and stability. Intercrops are one way to bring some of this diversity to agro-ecosystem structures, accessing different portions of the soil volume.

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Event Date:  Aug 4, 2017

Visit this large organic grain farm near Brandon on Newdale clay. You'll see two different blends of green manures followed by a discussion of the challenges and opportunities for green manure production.

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Posted On:  Jul 11   |   Events

City FARMed – Calgary, AB

Event Date:  Sep 12, 2017

Interested in producing food commercially? Want to learn more about small scale farming in the city? Check out this field day with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as they tour some of the leading urban farms in Alberta.

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Posted On:  Jul 11   |   Events

City FARMed – Edmonton, AB

Event Date:  Aug 1, 2017

Interested in producing food commercially? Want to learn more about small scale farming in the city? Check out this field day with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as they tour some of the leading urban farms in Alberta.

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Posted On:  Jul 10   |   Events

WADO Annual Field Day – Melita, MB

Event Date:  Jul 25, 2017

Join this farm tour to see and learn about seeding dates in soybeans and hemp, strip til vs no-till, vs tillage in soybeans and peas, flax agronomy trials, hemp varieties and agronomy, peas, soybean, lentil variety trials, wheat nitrogen management, and intercropping trials.

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Posted On:  Jul 10   |   Events

Rourke Farm Tour – Minto, MB

Event Date:  Jul 28, 2017

Join this farm tour to see the latest equipment for seeding, cultivation, chopping, harvesting, and seed cleaning!

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Posted On:  Jul 10   |   Events

OPAM Farm Tour – Treherne, MB

Event Date:  Jul 21, 2017

This farm tour will include visits to three locations, which will include first year cover crops, intercrops (wheat/red clover and silage corn/hairy vetch), a dairy operation and in-vessel composting facility, and a milling shed.

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Event Date:  Jul 17, 2017

This farm tour will discuss organic hemp agronomy and new innovations in mechanical weed control. Come see an in-crop cultivator in action in solid seeded organic hemp, as well as row cropped transitional hemp and a green manure field!

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The intensive management of grasslands is bad for biodiversity. However, a recent study has brought a ray of hope: If different forms of management are optimally distributed within a region, this can lead to higher yields without the loss of insect species.

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Posted On:  Jul 6   |   Articles

Creating Enough Organic Food

Amazon’s new grocery venture gives Jeff Bezos his greatest challenge—creating enough organic food.

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Western Canada’s organic crops are reaching a critical phase in the growing cycle, and despite trouble in areas of the Prairies, carryover from last year is keeping a lid on certain markets.

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Posted On:  Jul 5   |   News

Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

The Bauta Family Seed Initiative is excited to renew their Seed Production Capacity Building Grant Program!

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Event Date:  Jul 20, 2017

Learn about local research, soil health & tissue sampling, hemp production, cover crops, and specialty crops!

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Posted On:  Jun 30   |   Articles

Improving Soil Health

Agricultural producers understand the value of having healthy, productive soil, and are always looking for ways to improve their land.

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Dandelions and thistle may be just an annoyance when infesting our lawns and greenspaces, but the spread of these weeds can actually reduce grain and forage yields affecting producers' profitability. That is why a team of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists developed a bioherbicide based on a naturally-occurring soil fungus which destroys dandelions.

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The federal government is developing a national food policy for Canada, including launching online consultations with Canadians and hosting a summit with stakeholders. Click here to read why Satya Ramen from the Ecology Action Centre thinks this is reason for cautious optimism.

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"We have a food system that contributes almost one third of our greenhouse gas emissions. We need a shift that favours diversity in our food system" says Emile Frison, IPES-Food. Learn how Canada can support more diverse and resilient food systems.

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Posted On:  Jun 28   |   Events

Fresh MEAET – Edmonton, AB

Event Date:  Jul 11, 2017

Join Edmonton's NextGen and Edmonton Food Council to explore possibilities for expanded Food & Urban Agriculture in Edmonton.

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According to Statistics Canada’s latest release from the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Quebec overtook Saskatchewan with 1,268 farms in 2016, compared to 879 in Saskatchewan.

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Event Date:  Jul 16, 2017

Learn about tree planting and implementing planting projects for pollinators, pest suppressing insects, shelterbelts, and riparian restoration.

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Canada's food regulator has found traces of the herbicide glyphosate in nearly 30 per cent of about 3,200 food products it tested, and residue levels above the acceptable limits in 1.3 per cent of the samples.

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Event Date:  Oct 2, 2017

The Culinary Breeding Network invites you to play a vital role in improving the quality of what farmers grow and how it tastes.

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Watch CBC's "We are Canada!" episode on the seed's journey from field to fork. USC Canada's work on the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is helping farmers have access to diverse, locally adapted seeds they need to grow food for an expanding population. Organic Alberta is the prairie partner for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

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The ancient hulled wheats spelt, emmer, and einkorn are sought by consumers and chefs alike for their distinct flavor, nutritional properties, and the intrigue of eating a meal that has sustained humans since ancient times. But they differ from modern wheat in that they largely do not thresh free of their hulls in the combining process. An additional step called dehulling is needed to remove hulls. Learn more here!

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Posted On:  Jun 20   |   Events

Organic Week 2017

Event Date:  Sep 16 - 24, 2017

Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Learn how you can get involved!

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The DeRuycks have been milling their own grains and marketing their own organic flour for years, but now their business once again looks set to expand.

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Posted On:  Jun 12   |   Articles

Turning Food Waste Into Green Gold

Researchers from Concordia University are taking the fight against global warming to colder climes. Their weapon of choice? Cold-loving bacteria.

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Are you a high capacity person who has a strong desire to make a difference? Are you passionate about organic production and interested in helping Prairie organic grain farmers to be more successful on their farms? Organic Alberta is looking for you.

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Event Date:  Jul 19, 2017

Learn about carbon capture and forages, pasture management, and the big picture about why measuring carbon isn't easy!

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A sound rotation is the single most effective means of providing higher and more stable yields, soil benefits such as fertility and improved weed, pest and disease management.

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Posted On:  Jun 5   |   Articles

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

Organizations and individuals that send out electronic messages need to prepare themselves for the implications of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation before July 1st, when monetary remedies will be provided for persons affected by non-compliant electronic messages.

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Posted On:  Jun 2   |   Events

Locavore Lacombe – Lacombe, AB

Event Date:  Jul 30, 2017

Experience an event celebrating the Lacombe food and beverage culture; savour delicious tastings of local food and drinks prepared by professional chefs; and connect with the producers that bring the food and drinks to your table.

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Posted On:  Jun 1   |   News

Prairie Organic Video Challenge

Get creative and show the organic community what you're doing on the farm!

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USC Canada is pleased to announce a generous $2-million donation from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in support of the most comprehensive nation-wide seed biodiversity program: The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

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As seeding starts—or in some cases, stalls—Canada’s organic market is holding seasonally steady. But current conditions could play a role further into the growing season.

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Start on the path to make a difference in the world and your career by applying to Colorado State University’s online Master of Agriculture.

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Organic food sales in the United States increased by 8.4% in 2016 to reach $43 billion, marking the first time sales surpassed $40 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.

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Posted On:  May 26   |   Articles

Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms

Enterprise budgets are a farm business management tool which project the costs and returns of a specific activity, like growing a vegetable crop or raising livestock, over a specified period of time. Learn more about enterprise budgets and how they can help your farm!

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Are you a farmer who has transitioned to organic production? Tell COG about your experience transitioning to organic production!

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An average of eight weed species exist in an organic field, compared to 5.5 in a conventional field. Learn how else weeds on organic and conventional farms differ.

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We want your help to make sure that the important research underway in organic agriculture in Canada makes its way back to you, the people who can put the research findings into practice.

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Posted On:  May 17   |   Events

Rootstock – Pincher Creek, AB

Event Date:  Aug 26, 2017

Support the Food Water Wellness Foundation in developing tools for environmental restoration through healthy food production.

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Event Date:  Aug 9 - 10, 2017

Whether it's calving, branding, turning out or pulling bulls, weaning, treating animals or simply moving them to fresh pasture, cattle handling can be stressful and hectic. Learn a stress-free way to handle your cattle!

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Posted On:  May 16   |   Events

MARA Field Tour – Fort Vermillion, AB

Event Date:  Aug 11, 2017

Join for a free tour on MARA's canola, wheat, and corn irrigation projects, wheat and canola nutrition projects, regional variety testing sites, hemp, quinoa, and cover crop sites.

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The federal government is investing $1.7 million into a program through Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture to help farmers grapple with soil health and its potential in mitigating climate change.

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Posted On:  May 15   |   Articles

Weeds are a few of my Favourite Things

Yes, there are weeds on organic farms: sometimes a lot, sometimes only a few. But hey, there are weeds on non-organic farms, too. If there weren’t, why would herbicide purchases continue to be an important part of those operations? Weeds will always be with us. They are a natural part of the agro-ecosystem.

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This week, the Organic Alberta team was welcomed by Ward and Joanne Middleton of Midmore Farms on a visit through their organic farm in Morinville, Al

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Organic Alberta is excited to announce that we are providing bursaries for women farmers in Alberta to participate in the Success for Women in Ag

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Warning of “colossal” negative impacts for the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in the Earth’s soils are released, Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote called for stronger management of this critical natural resource at the start of an international symposium. Read the full article!

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Posted On:  Apr 28   |   News

The Community Seed Network

The Community Seed Network ultimately aims to address the needs of community seed programs, strengthen the movement, and amplify its impact. The Community Seed Network is conducting a survey in order to better understand the scope and needs of community seed programs across the USA and Canada. Feedback from this survey will be critically important in helping us set our direction and prioritize our work in the coming months.

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Organic farmers who are looking for the biggest nitrogen gain from adding a pulse to their rotation might want to consider fababeans. Read the full article!

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Posted On:  Apr 28   |   Articles

Getting the Body Ready for Spring

Ann Slater provides tips on how to select tools, equipment, and work methods to make gardening less stressful on your body, along with ways to keep your body in good physical condition for the growing season.

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Posted On:  Apr 28   |   Articles

Basic Concepts of the Soil Foodweb

The soil foodweb is the tonnes of beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes that live in soil or compost whose value has been overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood for decades. Recent discoveries in soil biology show a huge potential to improve current organic, biological and conventional growing and farming and move away from costly synthetic inputs.

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Diversifying his crops hasn’t completely eliminated pests, Zamora said, but it’s made them easier to manage so they don’t damage his harvest. It also relieves the pressure of soil-borne diseases.

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The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCO) in Scotland released results from its latest study, which have shown that iodine levels in organic milk are now ahead of conventional milk for the first time since testing began. Read the full article!

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An Edmonton-based home grocery delivery service is expanding across Alberta in hopes it can bite off a bigger piece of the province’s organic food business. Read the full Edmonton Journal article!

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While all farmers face challenges, the high start-up costs associated with grain farming can make it an especially difficult field to enter for new and young farmers. The future of high quality, sustainably grown grains depends on the success of young farmers like John and Halee Wepking in Ridgeway, Wisconsin.

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The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is thrilled to announce the release of the Prairie organic report. Organic certification bodies across Canada provided 2015 operation and acreage data to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), which was in turn compiled, analyzed, and developed into the Prairie Organic Report. The Prairie organic report details organic operations including primary producers and processors/handlers, organic acreage and crop types, and Alberta-specific trends and statistics.

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Canada’s organic sector says it’s not getting its due. Canada is the fifth-largest organic market in the world as well as leading exporter of several organic commodities but gets little assistance from government, says Tia Loftsgard, executive director of Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA). Read the full Manitoba Co-Operator article!

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The UN released a report on the right to food, which is clear about the adverse impact of pesticides on human rights, health, and the environment, and indicates agroecology and organic agriculture as the real long-term solution to feed a fast-growing global population.

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Posted On:  Apr 3   |   Courses

On-Farm Nutrient Management Program

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) is looking for farmers and agronomists to participate in an on-Farm Nutrient Management Program for organic farmers, offered in partnership with Dr. Martin Entz and Joanne Thiessen Martens of the University of Manitoba.

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Using green manure, increasing seeding rates, and incorporating mechanical weed control can help organic producers manage weeds on their operations. Read the full Organic Biz article!

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  Sand Springs Ranch is seeking an enthusiastic, aspiring young farmer to join our diversified organic farm. The apprenticeship is a full imme

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Held in partnership with Western Canadian Holistic Management, the 2017 Organic Alberta Conference united diverse communities in conversation on regenerative agriculture. Read more about some of the event highlights.

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Learn more about Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, how they will have major repercussions for the organic sector, and what you can do to help.

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Organic Alberta is pleased to offer its members an exclusive discount on Farm Credit Canada's Field Management Software. Members receive a 40% discount off the Field Management PRO and PRO 360 programs.

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Originally published by organicbiz.com By Shannon VanRaes OrganicBiz staff Sign-up to receive the OrganicBiz newsletter Pointing to plots o

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Posted On:  Aug 16   |   Media

Grain Quality: From Producer to Consumer

Organic grains are growing at a phenomenal rate. With this in mind, it is important to ensure that consumers can see the quality in your grains. In

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Aquaculture, including aquatic animal and plant production, as well as plants grown under aquaponics  systems, will soon be integrated into the Organ

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By Cari Hartt, Communications Coordinator, Organic Alberta On January 14th, Ernest’s Dining Room at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Techn

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