Regina (November 12, 2019) SaskOrganics surveyed its members to learn basic information about organic producers in Saskatchewan and their research needs in order to enhance their organic production. The Saskatchewan Provincial Organic Agriculture Research Priorities Report describes the most pressing research needs from organic producers’ perspective and makes recommendations regarding the future research focus in organic production.Dunling Wang PhD PAg, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Alternative Cropping Systems Specialist and Chair of the SaskOrganics’ Research Committee said “the survey was a very successful joint venture between SaskOrganics and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Close to twenty per cent (20%) of the organic producers in the province participated in the survey demonstrating their support for the initiative.”
Wang went on to say “the research priorities identified by the organic producers accurately reflect the challenges that today’s organic farming is facing in terms of field crop production, risk management, marketing, and related environmental and socioeconomic concerns”.
Based on the survey results, ten subject areas have been identified by organic producers in Saskatchewan as their top research priorities:
SaskOrganics will circulate The Saskatchewan Provincial Organic Agriculture Research Priorities Report to researchers and funding agencies. The Report will help government and university researchers identify research projects that meet the needs of organic producers. The Report will also provide guidance to funding agencies when making decisions on what research and extension activities should be funded to effectively improve organic production in the province and beyond.
For more information about SaskOrganics and the organic sector in Saskatchewan visit www.saskorganics.org.
Marla Carlson, Executive Director