Posted On:  Oct 19   |   Articles

Can Organic No Till Work in the Field?

Environmental benefit is part of organic market value, but organic weed management usually means tillage, commonly considered a black mark for soil health. Is there a middle ground?

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But looking after the land doesn’t have to result in a ‘yield penalty’.

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This farmer is proving that the market cares about naturally, ethically raised meat — and that what you eat truly impacts your well-being.

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A recent study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that pigs raised on organic farms have significantly fewer strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter bacteria than pigs raised on conventional farms.

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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are an important part of the soil biodiversity that provide advantages to crops by increasing water and nutrient uptake. In a recent study, scientists from Sweden investigated the effect of organic and conventional agricultural practices on AMF in soils.

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Event Date:  Feb 23 - 24, 2018
Location: Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB Date: February 23 & 24, 2018 Registration: Early Bird -$120 (+ GST) Students - Free Confer

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Event Date:  Dec 5 - 7, 2017

Farming and Ranching for soil health enhances biodiversity and increases biological activity. Now attendees will have the opportunity to attend two great conferences in one!

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Saskatchewan facilities will make significant improvements to the organic supply chain

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Posted On:  Oct 19   |   Events

Navigating CETA: Organics

Event Date:  Oct 31, 2017

Join a one-time webinar for the organics sector to engage with market development and trade experts on how to succeed in the EU marketplace under CETA.

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Identify business case opportunities and cost savings associated with addressing carbon and environmental process improvements.

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Event Date:  Nov 24, 2017

SaskOrganics will be hosting a workshop about integrating livestock into your cover cropping and management plan.

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Event Date:  Nov 23, 2017

SaskOrganics is pleased to be hosting a workshop about transitioning to Organic Agriculture!

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Organic Alberta is looking for a self-motivated, highly organized, detail-oriented person who is interested in a part-time position which will support organic and transitional farmers in the Mackenzie County region.

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Rourke Farms near Minto, MB put equipment options to the test this year as the farm started the processing of becoming certified organic.

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The Canada Organic Trade Association marked National Organic Week in September by releasing new data that shows a “staggering” increase in the number of Canadians who are buying organic groceries every week.

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Event Date:  Oct 27, 2017

Learn how to become more effective in managing culturally diverse teams.

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A Minneapolis startup in the organic grain business has bought a northwestern North Dakota elevator that further expands its southern Prairie catchment.

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Amendments to the 2015 version of the Canadian Organic Standards are not yet published, but already the sector must start planning the full revision of the standard that has to be completed by November 2020.

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When complete in 2018 it will be a first-ever in-depth analysis of Canada’s key players, innovations and challenges.

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Event Date:  Oct 25, 2017

Communicate with confidence during your next media interview, important business meeting, keynote speech, customer interaction and employee feedback session.

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association contracted Nielsen Canada to do a short survey about meat consumers in Canada. In this article, some of the key findings are highlighted to provide insights on consumer perceptions of how they prepare meat. By understanding these trends, producers and processors can capitalize on emerging opportunities and position their products successfully.

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Posted On:  Oct 5   |   Articles

Testing Winter Feed

Doing feed tests now, at the start of the feeding season, will allow producers to develop a feeding strategy to ensure all categories of cattle in the herd are fed to their production goals and extra costs are avoided.

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Posted On:  Oct 3   |   News

OFRF Now Accepting Research Proposals

OFRF is pleased to release their Request for Proposals for 2018 research grants. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding.

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Event Date:  Jan 12 - 13, 2017

Is your farm sustainable for generations? This 2-day course with Joel Salatin and Steven Kenyon will take your farm business to the next level.

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Posted On:  Oct 2   |   Media

Cool Science for a Cool Planet

Breakthrough study shows organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! New research by Northeastern University and The Organic Center proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere.

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The recommendations in this report will provide direction on how research and extension activities can be focused to meet the needs of organic producers and to support organic agriculture in the province. It is hoped that this report will assist government, university researchers, agricultural specialists and funding agencies as they determine how they will invest their resources to best meet the needs of organic farmers in Saskatchewan.

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Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through intensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study.

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Posted On:  Sep 28   |   Courses

Regenerative Organic Certification

The Rodale Institute has announced the new Regenerative Organic Certification, a cooperative effort among a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands, led by Rodale Institute, to establish a new, high-bar standard for regenerative organic agriculture.

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The Canada Organic Trade Association is releasing new organic products consumer and sales data. The new data shows that the organic market is rapidly expanding. Two in three Canadians (66%) are spending at least some of their weekly grocery budget on organic items, up a staggering 10 points from 56% in 2016.

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There are plenty of grocery stores out there that sell locally-grown fruits and vegetables in their produce sections. Few take things to the level that one IGA in Canada did, however.

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Posted On:  Sep 27   |   Articles

Explore Local Marketing Essentials

If you are starting a business or looking to improve your marketing efforts, resources from the Explore Local workshop "Introduction to Marketing" are now available online!

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Event Date:  Nov 1, 2017

Want to sell food online to customers in Canada? Know the rules before you start.

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Posted On:  Sep 26   |   News

OACC is Hiring a Communications Officer

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University has a job opening for a Communications Officer Position. The deadline to apply is October 2, 2017.

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The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) encourages farmers who want to take on a leadership role in the wheat industry to put their name forward for nomination as an AWC director or regional representative.

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Event Date:  Jan 30, 2017

Price your products for profit, understand the components of pricing for the retail market, and understand retail buyers needs.

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Event Date:  Jan 18, 2017

Price your products for profit, understand the components of pricing for the retail market, and understand retail buyers needs.

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Posted On:  Sep 26   |   Media

AFSC Deadlines: Call of the Land

Ed Ten Hove, client development advisor with AFSC, discusses various deadlines, including the September 30, 2017 deadline for submitting the 2016 Agristability supplementary forms.

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Posted On:  Sep 26   |   Articles

What to Do When Interest Rates Rise

Determining if and how soon to act when rates do start to rise will be based on several factors. “Knowing your interest costs and your farm’s sensitivity to an interest rate increase is a good start,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

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Event Date:  Nov 14, 2017

See how leading-edge chemical imaging technology is helping food processors reduce food waste at their facilities!

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Event Date:  Oct 23, 2017

Join Manitoba Organic Alliance in Brandon for their Annual General Meeting; featuring a discussion on Organic Agricultural Insurance in Manitoba.

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The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada is committed to working with the agricultural industry in developing new risk management assessments and tools that help farmers manage risk.

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Posted On:  Sep 26   |   Articles

Three Ways to Increase Market Sales

Whether your market attracts just a few or many hundreds of people, here are three ways to convert those casual visitors into paying customers.

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In August, the Alberta Government made it possible for craft brewers to sell their products at Alberta approved farmers’ markets alongside cottage wine, already approved to be sold at these venues.

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You’ve got a great product and your market stall is well-lit and well-stocked, but you’re still not making the sales you think you should be? Try introducing these three small changes to your usual routine, they could make a world of difference:

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Posted On:  Sep 26   |   Articles

Best Practices in Marketing

It’s all about customers. If you know how to entice them, greet them, and engage them, you’ll likely sell to them.

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Hollywood director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, have announced they are investing in an organic pea processing plant in Saskatchewan.

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A Private Members’ Bill to be introduced in the Ontario legislature intends to bring the province’s organic sector into line with much of the rest of the country.

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Posted On:  Sep 15   |   Articles

A to Z on Organics

National Organic Week in Canada starts this Saturday - and it's considered one of the largest, annual celebrations of organic food across the nation. Organic represents not only a vibrant alternative food system, but substitute options for clothing, cleaning products and personal care items.

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Of the Canadian grocery shoppers who purchase organic, fruit and vegetables remains the most purchased category.

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Some groups want to compete with the organic label and raise the standards for eco-conscious consumers. But others worry that another label could end up sowing market confusion.

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New research by The Organic Center and Northeastern University proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere

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Amazon officially took over Whole Foods Market Monday and the company immediately followed through on its promise to lower prices.

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Researchers find that nutrient management is important for getting better and more consistent yields.

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Organic grain markets may start to heat up with harvest now underway, but for August buyers and sellers were mostly content to bide their time on the sidelines.

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Researchers conducted laboratory tests on four different bumblebees species to understand the effects of exposure to neonicotinoids at doses that bees would be exposed to in a field.

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A new study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Spain are home to more butterflies and plants than their conventional counterparts.

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Researchers found that under organic management, soils had improved physical, chemical and biological properties indicative of soil health in rice fields growing basmati rice in India.

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"We're determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in a release Thursday. "We will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market's long-held commitment to the highest standards."

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The Organic Farming Certificate is a one-year program offered through a partnership between Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA and Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA. The program can lead to a rewarding career producing food in a way that restores, maintains and enhances the natural world.

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Posted On:  Aug 30   |   Articles

How to Store Root Crops for Winter

One of the greatest challenges of gardening has nothing to do with growing crops—it’s making use of all the food you grow before it goes bad. After laboring all summer to produce a bountiful harvest, now is time to figure out how to preserve your harvest for the lean months ahead.

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Brenda Frick presents on Systems Design for Organic Weed Management as part of the Organic Transition Workshop at the Manitoba Ag Days 2016.

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Posted On:  Aug 29   |   News

National Program Advisory Committee

Are you an experienced owner and/or operator of a farming enterprise? The National Program Advisory Committee is looking for candidates from across the country to fill member positions.

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The Organic Center has responded to Ryan Tipps' opinion piece "Eliminate the double standard in conventional and organic pesticide perceptions" and urges readers to know the facts about organic agriculture before forming their perceptions. Click here to read the article.

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Posted On:  Aug 29   |   Media

Building Soil Health for Healthy Plants

Understanding soil life is critical if we want to be sustainable. Learn how to work with nature to build soil health for healthy plants.

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Joe Harrington says livestock producers should test water before moving animals to new water sources

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Event Date:  Oct 26, 2017

This session is for those who are thinking about getting into farming as a business and who want farming to be their primary source of income. It will give participants a ‘Taste of Agriculture in Alberta’ and show them what they need to do/research to establish a successful farming enterprise.

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Organic Alberta is looking for a self-motivated, highly organized, detail-oriented person who is able to work in a fast paced environment. The candidate will have a background in event coordination and administration, and be able to manage multiple priorities and projects.

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Posted On:  Aug 25   |   Articles

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Last week was a busy one for Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture as they met in St. John’s, Newfoundland for their annual meeting. Ministers reached an agreement on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial (FPT) agricultural policy framework, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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Syrphid fly larvae are aggressive aphid predators. They are commonly considered to be the most important aphid predator in vegetable crops. Learn how to identify them in this eOrganic video.

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In the grand scheme of things, Canada’s organic industry is tiny, representing only about four per cent of an agriculture and food sector that generates about $108 billion annually. But there aren’t many sub-straits of agriculture that can boast double-digit growth in annual sales, with no sign of slowing down.

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Event Date:  Oct 24, 2017

This one-day workshop is for people interested in learning more about selling food direct to consumers and potentially transitioning into retail sales.

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Stemming from the success of AFPA's Carbon 101 & 201 workshops, and the New Face Of Agri-processing conference, this half-day workshop will identify business case opportunities associated with addressing carbon and environmental process improvements.

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Learn about identifying and managing seed borne diseases in organic vegetable seed production.

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Saving and storing seeds from your own vegetable and herb crops is a thrifty way to perpetuate your favorite varieties from year to year. Learn how here!

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Legume green manure crops are the foundation of successful organic grain production systems. These crops are able to partner with Rhizobium bacteria in the soil to fix atmospheric nitrogen (N). When annual legumes are grown specifically for this purpose, they can contribute large amounts of N to the system for use by subsequent crops.

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Many of us take it for granted that much of our food comes from seeds. But did you know 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared in the last century?

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Posted On:  Aug 23   |   Articles

The Making of a Green Manure Mixture

For organic grain farmers without livestock such as Carnegie Farms north of Brandon, green manure has become a mainstay for nutrient management.

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Posted On:  Aug 22   |   News

We Want Your Feedback!

At Organic Alberta we are always trying to improve the ways we help you to grow your business. We know you are extremely busy, but we’d really appreciate just 10-15 minutes of your time to tell us what you think.

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A new study suggests that organic programs are boosting the nutritional profiles of milk and meat.

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Sheet mulching is a fancy phrase for building a massive compost pile across the surface of a field or garden. Learn how it can help you smother weeds, build soil, and conserve water!

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A team of researchers from major American land-grant universities recently published a study in BioScience challenging the familiar assertion that “to feed the world, we need to double food production by 2050.”

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Organic crops now in the ground in Western Canada look decent, outside of the worst-hit areas where dry conditions will likely cut into yields.

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After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback.

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Posted On:  Aug 10   |   Articles

Organic Alberta Donation Drive

As a certified organic business, we are happy to provide you with a complimentary membership to Organic Alberta and all the benefits that go with it. In exchange for your membership, we ask you to contribute an amount of your choice, depending on your means, to enable us to continue offering and expanding programming to support the organic sector.

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Thinking of starting a new business? The business model canvas is a simple starting point that helps you structure your thoughts and bring together aspects of your business to feed into your value proposition.

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Unfortunately, hail and hailstorms are almost a given during the summer on the Prairies. Learn how hail can effect your fruit and vegetable crops and how to deal with the damage.

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Many times we don't know there is a problem until we are up close and personal with a crop. All too often that is at harvest. Learn how to "scout" to monitor pest pressure in a crop.

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A new study indicates that even with the added costs involved, organic farming nets a significantly higher profit for farmers than conventional farming.

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Running a farm includes cultivating the financial health of your business. In The Farmer’s Office, Julia Shanks makes bookkeeping approachable with simple accounting terminology, clear charts, and farm-specific examples. Read a review from Canada Organic Growers!

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Posted On:  Jul 28   |   Articles

Growing Organic Fruit in Canada

Learn how this farm family started growing organic fruit in the Canadian North!

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Posted On:  Jul 28   |   Articles

6 Benefits of Guild Planting

Also known as companion planting, this is the system by which species of plants are grouped together in certain locations to provide mutual benefits to the group as a whole. Click to learn the benefits of guild planting.

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The label says the product is ‘natural’—how is that different from ‘certified organic’?

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Posted On:  Jul 28   |   Media

Dig Deeper on Soil Health

When you buy organic, you're buying into a type of agriculture with many benefits. Here's the scoop on Soil Health.

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The use of manure is often cited as the reason organically managed soils have higher soil health than conventionally managed soils, but research out of Poland showed that organic systems have higher levels of multiple soil health components in comparison with conventionally managed soils, even when manure is not used on organic farms.

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A new study shows multiple environmental benefits of organic production, even when that production takes place in a greenhouse.

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Fourteen Canadian agriculture organizations want the federal government to cancel registration of genetically modified alfalfa and test all imports of U.S.-grown alfalfa seed.

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Event Date:  Apr 6, 2018

Mark it in your calendar, folks! The 2018 Organic Alberta La Crete Conference is taking place on April 6th and 7th at the La Crete Heritage Centre.

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Event Date:  Feb 9, 2018

We are very excited to announce the date for our upcoming 2018 Conference, being held in Red Deer, Alberta, on February 9th and 10th.

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Agricultural biodiversity strengthens the food system bringing better, more stable incomes for farmers, and greater food security for consumers.

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A look at organic regulation across the country by the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) shows a hodge-podge of support, despite national standards in existence for eight years.

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Undergraduate students at the University of Guelph will be able to pursue a new certificate in organic agriculture, starting in the fall of 2018.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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