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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Event Date:  Jun 18, 2017
Hey farming folk! We’re headed back to the place where it all started for YA Alberta. Three years ago we held our first YA event with these fine fol

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Event Date:  Jun 29, 2017

Learn about exciting agriculture research being conducted in Lethbridge. Guided tours, displays and demonstrations hosted by science staff provide an opportunity to talk with experts working on important and interesting challenges in agriculture today.

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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 18   |   Events

Bursary for Women Farmers

Through the Government of Alberta's Status of Women Program, we are pleased to offer bursaries for the Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters. Apply by June 9th!

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Event Date:  Jun 26, 2017

This field day will cover topics including new organic research, organic management techniques, and crop varieties.

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Posted On:  May 18   |   Events

MARA Field Tour – Fort Vermillion, AB

Event Date:  Jun 24, 2017

We will do field tours of barley, canola, corn, faba bean, field peas, flax, hemp, oats, quinoa, soybean, and wheat in Fort Vermillion.

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Event Date:  Jun 21 - 22, 2017

Interested in digging deeper to improve soil health? Join agroecologist Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils, for a surprising and revealing look at your most valuable asset… your soil.

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Event Date:  Jun 18, 2017

Join the Young Agrarians apprentices for a tour of Steel Pony Farm market garden and Prairie Gold Meats grass fed beef farm. Hands on grazing planning workshop included.

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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

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Event Date:  Jul 15, 2017

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

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Event Date:  Jun 26, 2017

Topics include why grazing pays, profitability in grass farming, what really matters in grazing management including stocking rate, stock density, post-grazing, residual, intake, balancing rest and use, and extending the grazing season.

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Event Date:  Jun 25, 2017

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or expert grazier, this hands-on school will provide information and tools to implement improved grazing management techniques.

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Event Date:  Jun 17, 2017

Tour this unique farm that brings together holistic management, permaculture and organic farming principles.

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Event Date:  Jun 22, 2017

This is a unique opportunity for livestock producers in North central Alberta to learn about how soil, plants, and animals interact to make your grazing operation more productive.

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Event Date:  Jun 30, 2017

The West Central Forage Association is holding a one-day intensive school which will cover topics including pasture or range improvement, grazing cell design for management-intensive grazing, developing a year-round grazing program, pasture finishing, and multi-species grazing.

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Event Date:  Jun 16, 2017

What determines profitability in grass-farming and what really matters in grazing management? Find out in this one-day class.

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Event Date:  Jun 6, 2017

Get down & dirty at this hands-on workshop—measure soil health; assessing and monitoring soil organisms, earthworms, soil respiration, impact of cropping practices, plant pathology & rooting and more!

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Event Date:  Jun 1, 2017

Join Young Agrarians, the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition and Fresh (City of Edmonton) to grow the community of urban farmers and gardeners in Edmonton!

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Event Date:  May 30, 2017

Succession planning, strategies for business, financial success, buying farmland, cash flow, and financial drivers are some of the topics to be addressed.

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Event Date:  Jun 9, 2017

Healthy soil is the foundation for health food and a healthy world. Join Dr. Jill Clapperton to learn how to improve your soil health.

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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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Event Date:  Jun 13 - 14, 2017

Join Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for the 15th annual Grazing School for Women.

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Event Date:  Jun 28, 2017

This class on June 28th is a unique opportunity for livestock producers in Mackenzie County learn about how soil, plants, and animals interact to make your grazing operation more productive.

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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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Event Date:  Jun 12 - 14, 2017

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced grazier, this 3-day workshop June 12-14 in Gem, AB, will help you move to the next level.

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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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