THE PRAIRIE ORGANIC GRAIN INITIATIVE RELEASES 2016 ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN THE PRAIRIES REPORT
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Organic Agriculture in the Prairies Report. Organic certification bodies across Canada provided 2016 operation and acreage data to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), who in turn compiled, analyzed, and produced the report, with support and insights from POGI and sector experts.
Jill Guerra, Research and Special Projects Coordinator at COTA presented participants in POGI’s May Stakeholder Teleconference call with a pre-publication preview. We are pleased that the full report is now available to the public.
The Prairie organic report details organic operations including primary producers and processors/handlers, organic acreage and crop types, and province-specific trends and statistics.
The 3rd annual edition of this report was created in response to the demand for organic sector information specific to the Prairie provinces. Providing data and analysis allows businesses to proactively plan, take advantage of opportunities and anticipate supply changes. Access to better data not only supports policy and programming that facilitates development and growth in the organic sector, it also informs the allocation of resources such as funding or technical assistance to ensure that support is appropriately targeted. Whether the information is used for educational programs, supporting policy and programming efforts, or for private sector business planning, the report is a welcome and useful resource. Data from the report is also used by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative and the provincial organic associations to improve their programming, business planning and policy work.
The report can be accessed on the Pivot and Grow website: http://www.pivotandgrow.com/blog/resource-download/organic-agriculture-in-the-prairies-2016-data/. Pivot and Grow, a program of the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, provides farmers with the resources and support needed to begin growing organically, improve their production practices, and market their organic enterprise successfully.
About the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is a tri-provincial project dedicated to achieving resiliency and stability in the prairie organic sector by focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of organic grains, and developing relationships across organic market value chains. It is funded in part by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
A partnership between Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, and Manitoba Organic Alliance, the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is bringing the community together to develop a strong foundation of programs, resources, and relationships upon which the prairie organic sector can truly flourish.
The Initiative focuses on compiling innovative research to create resources for producers that improve best management practices and consequently their resiliency, stability, and profitability. A primary objective is to help farmers increase yields and improve grain quality. The resources train producers to implement best management practices that build soil fertility, manage weeds, and maximize grain quality.