Case Studies

Hear stories of transition from fellow farmers who have shifted from conventional to organic grain farming. Learn about their successes, challenges and experiences.
BC

Jed Franklin

GROWING ORGANIC CEREALS AND PROTECTING WILDLIFE HABITAT
Find out how this farm decides the best organic crops to grow.
SK

Denis Brisebois

PLANNING THE TRANSITION
Learn how this Saskatchewan farmer managed his transition to organics after a career in the oil patch.
MB

Jeremiah Evans

SUCCESS IN PLANNING ROTATIONS
Find out how this farm incorporated weed management, fertility and financial planning into their crop rotations to make for a smooth transition.
SK

Ian Cushon

EXPERIENCED ORGANIC FARMER ENCOURAGES THINKING LONG-TERM
Learn insights on equipment, weeds and building soil fertility from over 30 years of organic experience.
MB

Scott Beaton

FARMER IN LAST YEAR OF TRANSITION
Hear reflections from a new farmer in his last year of transition and learn how planning and adapting has helped him through the transition period.
AB

Scott Olsen

GETTING STARTED WITH HAY LAND
See how this farmer is down-sizing his acres under management, but making a living through organic farming starting from hay land.

Is There Enough Room in the Industry for More Organic Producers?

OUR NEWS
Recently, the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative had the opportunity to ask grain buyers and brokers, certification bodies, as well as a number of organic producers, their opinions on the current organic sector. Listen to the response here!

Prairie Organic Grain Survey

OUR NEWS
What do you think about the work the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has done? Complete the survey by the end of November and be entered to win a copy of the Organic Field Crop Handbook!

The Feminine Labor Force Behind Organics

OUR NEWS
The Organic Federation of Canada put together a special report on the leading women in organic agriculture's provincial and regional associations. Click here to read about our own Marla Carlson and Becky Lipton!

Manitoba Organic Alliance Names Agronomist

NEWS
Katherine Stanley will take on the term position over the next year.

Organic Industry Must Invest in Infrastructure

ARTICLE
It’s time for the organic and non-GMO industry to invest in infrastructure to straighten the current “crooked” supply chain, said Eric Jackson, chief executive officer of Pipeline Foods.

Crop Insurance Needs an Update on Organic Production

ARTICLE
Organic growers argue that insurance excludes critical production practices, but change may come with some real logistical problems, according to MASC.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative November Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
On the November teleconference call, Elizabeth Crawford of FoodNavigator-USA presented an update on the organic plant-protein market. Click here to listen to the presentation and view the PowerPoint!

Good Quality Harvest Now Looking for a Market

ARTICLE
Another harvest is in the books across most of Western Canada and the winter marketing season is just getting underway.

Worry-Free Crop Storage

ARTICLE
A little preparation prior to harvesting can ensure worry-free winter crop storage.

New Report Highlights Organic Acres on Prairies

ARTICLE
There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces.

Plant Breeding: Selecting for Success

ARTICLE
Participatory Plant Breeding program allows farmers to select their ideal varieties.

Organic Grain Bids Hold Steady at Harvest Time

ARTICLE
‘Low yields, good quality’ have been the story of this organic growing year.

Can Organic No Till Work in the Field?

ARTICLE
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?

Organic Alberta is Hiring an Organic Program Coordinator for Mackenzie County!

OPPORTUNITY
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.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative October Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
On the October teleconference call, Jill Guerra of the Canada Organic Trade Association presented on the 2015 Data Report: "Organic Agriculture in the Prairies". Click here to listen to the audio and download her presentation!

Rourke Farms Explores Organic Equipment Options

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

Organic Grain Firm Picks up Elevator Near Border

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

OFRF Now Accepting Research Proposals

OPPORTUNITY
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.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative September Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
On the September teleconference call, Dr. Martin Entz introduced the Canadian Prairie Agroecosystem Resiliency Network and its underlying principles, goals, and missions. Martin encouraged industry to support the farmers they work with and buy from. Click here to listen to the call!
SK

SaskOrganics Publishes ‘Saskatchewan Organic Production Research Priorities 2017’ Report

NEWS
In the fall of 2016, SaskOrganics conducted a survey to determine the research priorities of organic farmers in Saskatchewan for organic production. This report summarizes the results of the survey.

Helping Farmers Meet Growing Demand for Organics

NEWS
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.

Researchers Investigate How to Boost Organic Hemp Yields

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

Hail Damage Kept in Check in August

ARTICLE
All hail the relative absence of hail on the Prairies. That could well be the celebratory cry for farmers with the number of damaging hailstorms tracking below the five-year average, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

Keeping a Pulse on the Soil

ARTICLE
According to soil scientist Frank Larney, crop residue anchors the soil against wind and water erosion. Avoiding bare soils is one part of a soil conservation package he and his research team demonstrate in a 12-year experiment growing pulses in southern Alberta, Canada.

Organic Trade Slow, But Harvest Likely to Pick Things up

ARTICLE
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.

The Making of a Green Manure Mixture

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

New Organic Grain Processor Under Construction in Montana

ARTICLE
Organic Alberta Members Montana Specialty Mills, are building a new $20 million, 20-acre processing center in Great Falls that will feature grain processing equipment dedicated to making non-bioengineered/non-GMO products and processing organic oilseeds.

Organic Field Trial at Swift Current Research and Development Centre

NEWS
An impromptu tour of some of the organic field trials at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, was held on August 9th. Click here to find out what participants learned!

Organic Crop Sales Chug Along, Although Dryness is an Issue

ARTICLE
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.

Heritage and Ancient Grain Project Feeds a Growing Demand

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

Producer Puts Plants to Work as Solar Panels

ARTICLE
Saskatchewan producer says he has found ways to keep things greener longer and capture more energy from the sun.

Job Posting for Legend Organic Farms Inc., Farm Manager

OPPORTUNITY
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!

Increase Crop Diversity, Reduce Risk by Intercropping: Overyielding

ARTICLE
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.

Eyes on Crops in Western Canada’s Organic Market

ARTICLE
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.

Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

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

Organic Agriculture in the Prairies: 2015 Statistics

OUR NEWS
The Prairie organic report details organic operations including primary producers and processors/handlers, organic acreage and crop types, and province-specific trends and statistics.

Growing and Dehulling the Ancient Grains Einkorn, Emmer and Spelt

VIDEO
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. Learn more about growing and dehulling these ancient gains!

Manitoba Farm Family on a Roll With Organic Cleaning and Milling

ARTICLE
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.

Organic Management in the Prairie Provinces

ARTICLE
Growing organic grain takes lots of planning. Besides the careful design of crop rotations, thinking ahead may mean predicting problems like nutrient deficiencies not just in the coming season, but also one or more years down the road. Monitoring is also critical. This article focuses on organic management of industrial hemp and other crops in the Prairie Provinces of Canada.

Proper Rotations Require Careful Crop Management

ARTICLE
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.

What’s Holding Back Organic Growth in Saskatchewan?

ARTICLE
Michael Gertler, a sociologist at the University of Saskatchewan, has identified six factors that limit organic farming in Saskatchewan.

Prairie Organic Video Challenge

OUR NEWS
Show the organic community what you're doing on the farm! The Prairie Organic Video Challenge is an opportunity for transitioning and established organic farmers to share their stories with others across the prairies.

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Contributes $2-Million to Canadian Seed Biodiversity

NEWS
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.

Tell COG About Your Experience Transitioning to Organic Production

NEWS
Calling all farmers! Canadian Organic Growers is looking to understand the risks and rewards of transitioning to organic production. Tell them your story.

Organic, Conventional Farmers Encounter Different Weed Issues

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

On-Farm Trials and Demonstration Plots

OUR NEWS
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is pleased to support eight on-farm trials and demonstration plots across the Prairies, covering diverse topics and questions.

Organic Farming Gaining Street Cred

ARTICLE
"Organic agriculture is now much more mainstream, with strong demand and potential" says Mark Gimby, who has worked in the organic industry for 40 years.

Weeds are a few of my Favourite Things

ARTICLE
Weeds will always be with us. They are a natural part of the agro-ecosystem.

Production Videos

OUR NEWS
Watch the Pivot and Grow Production Videos to see what organic grain production can do for you.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative May Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
Stuart McMillan provides an analysis of organic grain market prices and their influences.

Organic Grain Prices

OUR NEWS
Knowing price trends over the years will help you to plan effective crop rotations, and give you context to make decisions, market your products successfully, and maximize profits for your farming business.

Questions? Talk to an Expert at 1-800-245-8341

OUR NEWS
Do you have questions about organic transition, production, or marketing? Call us and talk to an expert today!

Need a Nitrogen Fix? Consider Fababeans for Your Next Crop

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

Nutrient Density Comparison

ARTICLE
The Farming Systems Trial at Rodale Institute conducted a study to determine and compare the nutritive quality of grains grown conventionally and organically.

Business to Business Directory

OUR NEWS
Discover businesses and farmers across the prairies. The Business to Business Directory lists all companies that provide services or products and connects thousands of organic businesses together - from producer to end retailer!

Heart and Grain from National Young Farmers Coalition

VIDEO
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.

Why Organic Wheat Escaped Fusarium Last Year

ARTICLE
Researchers say practices such as proper varieties and rotations are just as important as fungicides in disease control.
AB

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Call of the Land Interview

OUR NEWS
Learn about some of the amazing resources that the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has developed for transitioning and organic farmers.

Kamut Makes a Comeback

ARTICLE
A Montana farmer dedicated decades to khorasan wheat, and it’s finally taking off.

COG’s Third Edition of the Organic Field Crop Handbook Set Now Available!

NEWS
The Organic Field Crop Handbook - 3rd Edition, provides a road map to field crop producers who aspire to improve the environmental sustainability and profitability of their farming operations.

New Resource: Green Manure Tool Kit

OUR NEWS
A reliable and effective green manure program is essential for the success of an organic farm. This Tool Kit is a practical guide that will help producers to select the best green manure for their farm conditions. The right green manure with the right management will build soil fertility, control weeds, and improve crop yield.

Farm Credit Canada Field Management Software Discount

OUR NEWS
Prairie Organic Farmers receive an exclusive 40% discount! Record, organize, and analyze your organic field records for better results. Enter all your details from planting to harvest.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Monthly Teleconference Calls

OUR NEWS
Join us on the second Wednesday of every month to hear from and speak with local farmers, experts, and researchers of the industry.
MB

Peat Soils – How do we Manage Them for Organic Agriculture?

ARTICLE
Due to the instability of peat soils, good soil management practices should be used. Learn how to manage peat soils for organic agriculture.

Intercropping: Increasing Crop Diversity

FACT SHEET
Explore intercropping to find synergies, or ways that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Rotations: Designing a System That Works for You

FACT SHEET
Developing an optimal rotation plan involves two main sets of decisions, which crops to grow, and in which order to grow them.

Cultural Practices: To Give the Crop Advantage

FACT SHEET
Cultural techniques provide the conditions for strong crop competitiveness and thus for optimal crop yield and quality.

Living With Weeds: Putting Weeds Into an Ecological Context

FACT SHEET
Yes, there are weeds on organic farms. But hey, there are weeds on non-organic farms too. Learn how to approach weed management.

From Harvest to Sale: Maintaining Food Quality in Storage

FACT SHEET
Maintaining that quality after harvest is the key to successful marketing, to pleasing customers and to gaining top dollar for top quality.
MB

Glenlea Research Station Celebrates 25th Year of Organic Research

NEWS
Check out the 25th anniversary video for research highlights!

Grain Quality: From Producer to Consumer

VIDEO
Find out how you can ensure the quality of your grains.

Consider Time When Planting Green Manure Mixtures

ARTICLE
Green manure mixtures are where it all begins when it comes to organic production.
AB

Organic Inspection is Done!

FROM A FARMER
Inspection experience from a new farmer

Weeds: The First Emergence After Disturbance

VIDEO
Weeds can tell you a lot about soil life. Learn how from Joanna and Sam.

Intercropping: Utilizing Every Acre

VIDEO
Learn about the benefits of intercropping on organic farms.

Planning Crop Rotations: The Diversity is What Makes You Sustainable

VIDEO
Learn how you can maintain soil fertility and manage weeds through crop rotation.

The Organic Ratio: Eyes Per Acre

VIDEO
Learn how you can get to know your organic farm.

Strategies for Successful & Sustainable Weed Management

VIDEO
Listen to Katherine Stanley and Scott Shiels discuss the best ways to manage weeds.

Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems

RECORDED WEBINAR
Learn about the methods of weed control commonly employed by organic producers
AB

10 Things I Learned In Our First Year Farming

FROM A FARMER
by Keely Wohlgemuth of The Z Spread Farm, Organic Grain farmer at Wanham, Alberta

Do you Have a Nutrient Management Plan for Your Farm?

OPPORTUNITY
Know your current whole farm nutrient status and needs - Participate in an on-Farm Nutrient Management Consultation Program for organic farmers.

New Funding for On-Farm Nutrient Management

OUR NEWS
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative receives research funding which will support farmers in developing farm nutrient management plans.

Get Maximum Benefit from Green Manures

ARTICLE
Learn how Green Manures can benefit your farm and what you can do to get the maximum benefit.

Growing Organics on the Prairies

OUR NEWS
Canadian Organic Trade Associations publishes new data on organic production on the prairies.
MB

Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Presentations

VIDEOS
If you missed any of the great talks, you have another chance to view some of the presentations.
MB

Manitoba Ag Days Presentations

VIDEOS
Hear it from the farmer's mouth as experienced organic farmers discuss their challenges and successes in transitioning.
AB

Organic Agronomy

OPPORTUNITY
Take your agronomy skills to the next level with in-person training and mentorship support on organic farming.