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!
Prairie Organic Grain Survey
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!
Organic Industry Must Invest in Infrastructure
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
Organic growers argue that insurance excludes critical production practices, but change may come with some real logistical problems, according to MASC.
Good Quality Harvest Now Looking for a Market
Another harvest is in the books across most of Western Canada and the winter marketing season is just getting underway.
Worry-Free Crop Storage
A little preparation prior to harvesting can ensure worry-free winter crop storage.
Plant Breeding: Selecting for Success
Participatory Plant Breeding program allows farmers to select their ideal varieties.
Organic Grain Bids Hold Steady at Harvest Time
‘Low yields, good quality’ have been the story of this organic growing year.
Organic Alberta is Hiring an Organic Program Coordinator for Mackenzie County!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Heritage and Ancient Grain Project Feeds a Growing Demand
After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback.
Job Posting for Legend Organic Farms Inc., Farm Manager
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
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.
Prairie Organic Video Challenge
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
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
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
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.
Weeds are a few of my Favourite Things
Weeds will always be with us. They are a natural part of the agro-ecosystem.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative May Teleconference Call
Stuart McMillan provides an analysis of organic grain market prices and their influences.
Organic Grain Prices
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.
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.
Nutrient Density Comparison
The Farming Systems Trial at Rodale Institute conducted a study to determine and compare the nutritive quality of grains grown conventionally and organically.
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.
Why Organic Wheat Escaped Fusarium Last Year
Researchers say practices such as proper varieties and rotations are just as important as fungicides in disease control.
Kamut Makes a Comeback
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!
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
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.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Monthly Teleconference Calls
Join us on the second Wednesday of every month to hear from and speak with local farmers, experts, and researchers of the industry.
Intercropping: Increasing Crop Diversity
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
Developing an optimal rotation plan involves two main sets of decisions, which crops to grow, and in which order to grow them.
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.
From Harvest to Sale: Maintaining Food Quality in Storage
Maintaining that quality after harvest is the key to successful marketing, to pleasing customers and to gaining top dollar for top quality.
Grain Quality: From Producer to Consumer
Find out how you can ensure the quality of your grains.
Consider Time When Planting Green Manure Mixtures
Green manure mixtures are where it all begins when it comes to organic production.
Weeds: The First Emergence After Disturbance
Weeds can tell you a lot about soil life. Learn how from Joanna and Sam.
Strategies for Successful & Sustainable Weed Management
Listen to Katherine Stanley and Scott Shiels discuss the best ways to manage weeds.
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?
Know your current whole farm nutrient status and needs - Participate in an on-Farm Nutrient Management Consultation Program for organic farmers.
Get Maximum Benefit from Green Manures
Learn how Green Manures can benefit your farm and what you can do to get the maximum benefit.
Growing Organics on the Prairies
Canadian Organic Trade Associations publishes new data on organic production on the prairies.