Hear stories of transition from fellow farmers who have shifted from conventional to organic grain farming. Learn about their successes, challenges and experiences.
GROWING ORGANIC CEREALS AND PROTECTING WILDLIFE HABITAT
Find out how this farm decides the best organic crops to grow.
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.
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.
It’s Not Your Grandparents’ Farm
Ag Days talk highlights advancements being made to support modern organic farmers.
Lower Costs, Higher Prices for Organic Producers
Lower costs and higher prices make organic producers more economically resilient according to provincial figures.
Grain Apprenticeship Opportunities on the Prairies Abound
Organic grain farm apprenticeships are one model of supporting new and aspiring farmers who may or may not have grown up on, or worked on farms before, but who want to join the growing number of land stewards and managers of organic and regenerative farms.
New Study Shows Soil on Organic Farms Store Larger Amounts of Carbon
A large U.S. field study looks at how organic farming stores away carbon in the soil and out of the atmosphere.
Saskatchewan Researcher Calls on Farmers to Try Intercropping
A Saskatchewan researcher is calling on producers to try a new farming strategy called intercropping.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative January Teleconference Call
On the January teleconference call, Dr. Tracy Misiewicz, Associate Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center presented on the role of organic farming in climate change mitigation. Click here to listen to the presentation and view the PowerPoint!
Canada’s Organic Sector Books Better-Than-Expected Year
Despite a dry summer across most of Western Canada, organic producers are celebrating a good year. However, weather worries are beginning to mount ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Increase Seeding Rate to Control Weeds in Organic Flax
A University of Saskatchewan study found that was the most effective tool.
Perennial Grain Serves up Rich Flavour, With a Side of Sustainability
The first loaves of bread made from Kernza have been gobbled up in Manitoba.
Is There Enough Room in the Industry for More Organic Producers?
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!
The Feminine Labor Force Behind Organics
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
Katherine Stanley will take on the term position over the next year.
Crop Insurance Needs an Update on Organic Production
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
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!
Worry-Free Crop Storage
A little preparation prior to harvesting can ensure worry-free winter crop storage.
New Report Highlights Organic Acres on Prairies
There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces.
Organic Grain Bids Hold Steady at Harvest Time
‘Low yields, good quality’ have been the story of this organic growing year.
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?
Rourke Farms Explores Organic Equipment Options
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
A Minneapolis startup in the organic grain business has bought a northwestern North Dakota elevator that further expands its southern Prairie catchment.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative September Teleconference Call
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!
SaskOrganics Publishes ‘Saskatchewan Organic Production Research Priorities 2017’ Report
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
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
Researchers find that nutrient management is important for getting better and more consistent yields.
Hail Damage Kept in Check in August
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Producer Puts Plants to Work as Solar Panels
Saskatchewan producer says he has found ways to keep things greener longer and capture more energy from the sun.
Increase Crop Diversity, Reduce Risk by Intercropping: Overyielding
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.
Seed Production Capacity Building Grants
The Bauta Family Seed Initiative is excited to renew their Seed Production Capacity Building Grant Program!
Organic Agriculture in the Prairies: 2015 Statistics
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
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
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
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.
What’s Holding Back Organic Growth in Saskatchewan?
Michael Gertler, a sociologist at the University of Saskatchewan, has identified six factors that limit organic farming in Saskatchewan.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Contributes $2-Million to Canadian Seed Biodiversity
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.
Organic, Conventional Farmers Encounter Different Weed Issues
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.
Organic Farming Gaining Street Cred
"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.
Watch the Pivot and Grow Production Videos to see what organic grain production can do for you.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative May Teleconference Call
Stuart McMillan provides an analysis of organic grain market prices and their influences.
Questions? Talk to an Expert at 1-800-245-8341
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
Organic farmers who are looking for the biggest nitrogen gain from adding a pulse to their rotation might want to consider fababeans.
Business to Business Directory
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
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.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Call of the Land Interview
Learn about some of the amazing resources that the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has developed for transitioning and organic farmers.
Kamut Makes a Comeback
A Montana farmer dedicated decades to khorasan wheat, and it’s finally taking off.
New Resource: Green Manure Tool Kit
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
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.
Peat Soils – How do we Manage Them for Organic Agriculture?
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
Explore intercropping to find synergies, or ways that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Cultural Practices: To Give the Crop Advantage
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
Yes, there are weeds on organic farms. But hey, there are weeds on non-organic farms too. Learn how to approach weed management.
Glenlea Research Station Celebrates 25th Year of Organic Research
Check out the 25th anniversary video for research highlights!
Grain Quality: From Producer to Consumer
Find out how you can ensure the quality of your grains.
Weeds: The First Emergence After Disturbance
Weeds can tell you a lot about soil life. Learn how from Joanna and Sam.
Planning Crop Rotations: The Diversity is What Makes You Sustainable
Learn how you can maintain soil fertility and manage weeds through crop rotation.
Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems
Learn about the methods of weed control commonly employed by organic producers
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
New Funding for On-Farm Nutrient Management
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative receives research funding which will support farmers in developing farm nutrient management plans.
Get Maximum Benefit from Green Manures
Learn how Green Manures can benefit your farm and what you can do to get the maximum benefit.
Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Presentations
If you missed any of the great talks, you have another chance to view some of the presentations.
Manitoba Ag Days Presentations
Hear it from the farmer's mouth as experienced organic farmers discuss their challenges and successes in transitioning.