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.
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MacKay Ross

A LIFELONG FARMER TRANSITIONS TO ORGANIC
Find out why this farmer believes that our community and neighbours are key to a successful transition to organic production.
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Jed Franklin

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

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

Make your own seed initiative enters its ninth year

ARTICLE
Manitoba’s Participatory Plant Breeding program turns farmers into plant breeders.

Hemp’s Sustainable Success Rises with use of Whole Plant

ARTICLE
Field production of hemp for CBD oil, cooking oil, protein, fibre and animal feed might soon become an important part of prairie agriculture.

Rise of Oat Milk May Lift Demand

ARTICLE
Oat milk is all the rage these days, but will that mean anything at the farmgate?

FCC Report Sees Opportunities for Pulse Exports

ARTICLE
The report stated Canada was the world's fifth largest agricultural exporter in 2018, with about 35 per cent of those exports, worth almost C$34 billion, going to the U.S.

Kenyon: A Recipe for Regenerative Agriculture

ARTICLE
It is not a quick fix. It is, however, a long-term solution to a lot of the problems in agriculture.

Family Strives for Healthier Food

ARTICLE
“We went to organics because it wasn’t penciling out conventionally. Initially it was the economics,” said Dave.

From oat field to coffee shop: The latest non-dairy star is grown in Canada

ARTICLE
Oat milk sales up 250% in Canada in the past year.

SaskOrganics’ Releases Organic Research Priorities Report

ARTICLE
Based on the survey results, ten subject areas have been identified by organic producers in Saskatchewan as their top research priorities.

Study Finds Burnout a Real Risk for Producers

ARTICLE
University of Guelph data shows many are on the verge of burnout, especially when financial and workload stress is high.

Safe Grain Storage After a Tough Harvest

ARTICLE
Safe storage is a combination of both the temperature of the grain and the moisture level at which it is stored.

Homegrown ‘Boutique Wheat’

ARTICLE
Breeding program lets farmers participate in breeding wheat and oat varieties suited to organic production.

Why Fall is a Great Time to Soil Test

ARTICLE
Fall is really the perfect time to sample, as soils are cooling later into fall, slowing down microbial activity.

Quality premiums, discounts to widen in organic crops post-harvest

ARTICLE
One oat miller in Saskatchewan said organic oat yields and quality have been good in spite of bad weather.

Digging into the Cost of Drying Grain

ARTICLE
Having enough drying capacity is critical in a year like this one, but it still helps to have a handle on the costs.

Organic wheat prices not shaken by rough harvest weather

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“Prices might go up, but because of the carryover I don’t think they’ll skyrocket,” said Breault.

Mechanical Issues Often Cause Grain Dryer Fires

ARTICLE
Preventive maintenance can help reduce risk of loss of grain — and equipment — due to fire.

The Cover Crop Triangle Simplifies Finding the Right Fit

ARTICLE
By thinking in this species selection “triangle” farmers can quickly narrow down the species options.

USC Canada is Now SeedChange

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We help you contribute to a global movement of farmers fighting for justice, health and sustainability.

Why do Canadians Eat Organic?

ARTICLE
In one year, from 2017-18, the number of organic producers in Canada increased by 21 percent.

Organic Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals

ARTICLE
The report shows examples of how our food systems can have a direct impact on our chances of achieving these goals.

Plant Scientist Recognized for Contributions

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The Organic Science Award is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a significant impact through their research in organic agriculture.

A Grain Revival

ARTICLE
For a long period, bread remained unchanged. Now processors are tasked with using specialty grains to add nutritional value while keeping labels clean for consumers.

As rain delays 2019 Prairie harvest, organic prices remains flat

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Wet conditions this spring caused delays for farmers trying to plant their crops.

Why Marketing is the Test, No Matter How Great Your Idea

ARTICLE
“It’s a mind-shift,” says value-add pro Gary Morton. Success takes groundwork, strategic planning… and money

Major Food Processor Wants Reduction in Pesticide Use

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“We are working to reduce the need for synthetic pesticides”: General Mills.

Canada Organic Trade Association Launches the Support Organic Change Fund

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“With the aim of supporting the continued growth of organic farming in Canada, the Canada Organic Trade Association is pleased to announce the Support Organic Change Fund to address barriers identified by the industry,”

Organic Week 10th Anniversary

ARTICLE
The Globe and Mail is running a special Organic Week Insert in this weekend's paper!

Compost Key to Sequestering Carbon in the Soil

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Study Dug Deep to Uncover Which Agricultural Systems Store the Most Carbon

Climate Action Incentive Fund

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Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Project Stream

Survey: Agriculture and Climate Change

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USC Canada and the NFU are working together to develop a three-year campaign to create support for climate solutions in the agriculture sector, and promote change at a policy level.

Calculating a Good Cover Crop Plan

ARTICLE
Set yourself up for success when it comes to cover crops.

Cover Crops, Compost and Carbon

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The study showed that cover cropping annually – no matter the type of plant grown – greatly benefits the soil.

Son of Farm Activists Finds His Way Home

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On the Farm: Organic farming comes naturally to this producer, who works with parents Nettie Wiebe and Jim Robbins

Organic Crop Prices Soft Ahead of Harvest

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Organic commodities have been put under pressure price-wise ahead of harvest due to co-operative weather and higher-than-expected yields.

Late Crops Concern Producers

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Crops across many parts of the Prairies appear late so far this year, causing concern among farmers as potential killing frosts approach.

Ottawa Allocates $2 Million to Oat Breeding

ARTICLE
Ottawa will invest $1,982,915 in prairie oat breeding initiatives — money that will be used to support variety development work.

Hands-On Plant Breeding: Farmers Help Select New Plant Lines

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Since 2011, organic farmers from across Canada have been making their own breeding selections.

Planning Helps Keep Harvest Safe

ARTICLE
Harvest is a stressful time of year — things have to get done, but it’s not a time for cutting corners when it comes to farm safety.

Major food processor wants reduction in pesticide use

ARTICLE
“We are working to reduce the need for synthetic pesticides”: General Mills.

Prairie organics bounce back

ARTICLE
In 2013, organic agriculture in Western Canada was suffering. The industry was losing producers and struggling to attract new entrants. The suffering is now over.

Rotary hoes control weeds with limited impact

ARTICLE
Whether used before or after seeding, this mechanical weed control tool can crack crusts and break resistance

Research studies best way to apply manure

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Soil science professor Jeff Schoenau and his research team — also known as the poo crew — are in the second year of a five-year study trying to find the optimal methods of applying manure to a field

Sask. OYF Finalists Choose the Organics Route

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The rural lifestyle is important for the young couple, who farm 2,590 acres and custom graze 100 cow/calf pairs.

Expert Encourages Regenerative Practices

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Kris Nichols says conventional farmers have no excuses, suggesting time is running out to adapt to a changing climate.

Organic Demand Mostly Quiet, though Feed Grains Seem Strong

ARTICLE
Dry conditions on the Prairies and wet conditions in the East have created higher demand for feed grains such as oats.

New Report Highlights Prairies as a Significant Contributor to Canadian Organics

OUR NEWS
COTA's latest report shows continued growth in Prairie organic operations and acreage.

Organic-Raised Brothers Take over Family Farm

ARTICLE
An accident with farm chemicals prompted Clem and Chandra Schraefel to go organic when their sons were very young
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COTA Applauds Creation of a Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council

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COTA has been advocating for this council to ensure that good governance of the Food Policy occurs.

Federal Funding Supports Organic Trade

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COTA has been awarded $992,000 over three years through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s Agri-Marketing Program.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative June Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
In this teleconference we talked about new organic data, market updates, and final evaluation results!

New Report Highlights Prairie Organic Grain Initiative as a Key Player to Sector Resilience

OUR NEWS
With the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative coming to a close, an evaluation of the program and it's effectiveness has been released.

Organic Commodity Prices Holding Firm After Falling

ARTICLE
One commodity group in Vancouver said its feed barley was about C$8 per bushel for Alberta

Prairie pulse processing still in next-year country

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But that could change as ‘supercluster’ hands out first $40 million to spur processing on the Prairies

Hairy Vetch Cover Crops Provide Mulch, Control Weeds

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Managing mulches is necessary so there’s enough to seed into or at the very least covering soil over winter.

Replacing U.S. Imports of Organic Soybeans Unlikely

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The rapid growth of U.S. organic livestock production has resulted in massive imports of soymeal.

Close-to-Home Organic Marketing Encouraged

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One industry insider urges exporters not to ignore the United States, while another emphasizes domestic processors

What’s Good About Soil?

ARTICLE
Soil health indicators often relate to properties that you can’t see

Supply Glut Dragging Down Organics Market

ARTICLE
“It’s that time of year. Prices always come down around seeding time,” Scott Shiels of Grain Millers Canada says.

Protein Industries Canada Opens Call for Proposals; $40 Million in Funding Available

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The deadline to submit interest is by midnight on June 28, 2019. A second call for proposals will take place the beginning of September.

U.S. Demand for Organic Livestock Feed Continues to Climb

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Demand for US organic poultry and livestock feed continues to growth pushing for an increase in production and in the imports of organic feed grains, says economist.

#SoilYourUndies Campaign Launched to Promote Healthy Soil

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For this year’s National Soil Conservation Week, which runs April 21-27, the SCCC is ramping up its efforts to get the word out about soil.

Canadian GMO Escapes Common: Report

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That’s prompted a call for more regulatory oversight and deregistering GM alfalfa

Organic Price Market Outlook

ARTICLE
Get an update on organic grain prices with Sustainable Grain CEO, Brenda Tjaden.

Organic Farmers Don’t Get a Pass on Clubroot

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"The best defence is to follow a crop rotation that leaves at least two years between mustard crops." - Brent Flaten

Climate Change Top Ag Issue for Canadians

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A recent and innovative public opinion study has found that Canadians are most interested in one topic related to agriculture — climate change.

Organic Wheat Varieties Waiting in the Registration Gate

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Registration trials will have to wait for farm-developed organic wheat varieties while changes are made to the proposed trial design.

Room to Grow Organic

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Farmers are upping their organic output, but they’re still a long way from meeting the demand of the two-thirds of Canadians who sometimes or always shop for organic.

Regenerative Agriculture and the Importance of Interrelationships in Soils

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Soil health educator Joel Williams of Integrated Soils discussed a wide variety of topics relating to soil biology, intercropping, crop diversity, and more!

The Economic Merits of More Organic Acres

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Learn about the macro-economics of organics on the prairies with Sustainable Grain CEO, Brenda Tjaden.

Glyphosate Residues Snare Organics

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Europeans are finding trace amounts of glyphosate in organic shipments from Canada.

Flat Out Food: Zak Organics a Saskatchewan Snack Food Success Story

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Transitioning into the snack food industry was a natural progression for the Zak family.

Trials Aim to Find Soybeans that will Thrive Under Organic Farming Conditions

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A four-year, multi-location study aims to find organic soybean varieties suited for Ontario and Manitoba.

Can Large Organic Farms Stay True to the Spirit of the Sector?

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"We do feel strongly and passionately that a big part of what we do on this Earth is to show a way to do things without chemicals and fertilizer.” – Trevor Heide.

Organic Production an Economic Winner

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Know your cost of production per bushel, rather than per acre.

The Water Question

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Should you be more concerned about drought tolerance, or water-use efficiency?

Soil Erosion Costs Farmers $3.1 Billion a Year in Yield Loss: Scientist

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“This (soil erosion) is still happening…. Have we learned anything in the last 80 years?”

The Avoidable Food-Waste Crisis

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Almost 60% of food produced in Canada is wasted.

The Hazards of Harvesting Hemp

ARTICLE
Legalization of cannabis for recreational use has made way for a CBD industry to take root in Canada.

Stronger Pesticide Regulations Likely Needed to Protect all Bee Species

ARTICLE
Wild bees are probably more important for pollination of food crops than managed honeybees.

Scientists say it’s all about the soil

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The concept of soil health depends on what the soil is being used for — its function and functionality

USDA Outlines First-Ever Rule for GMO Labeling

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The new requirements will provide some consistency and a clear plan for food companies that now need to overhaul their labels.

Organic Agriculture in the Prairies – 2017 Data

OUR NEWS
New report highlights growth in organic operations and acreage across the Prairies.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative November Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
Hear Jill Guerra, COTA, share results from the Organic Agriculture in the Prairies - 2017 Data Report

Fertilizers’ impact on soil health compared

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"If you think of soil as a heart, manure is the lifeblood going through it." - Ekrem Ozlu

Prairie Organic Market Reports

OUR NEWS
A series of reports by the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) – commissioned by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative – provides insights on the organic markets of each Prairie province.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative October Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
Hear Bruce Burnett from Glacier Farm Media give a grain and oilseed market outlook and find out some POGI evaluation results with Robyn McLean from Tapestry Evaluation and Strategy.

Building up the soil in your fields

ARTICLE
Changing your crop rotation and management can change the content of our soil

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative September Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
The Canadian Organic Growers undertook the Agri-Risk project to examine the risks and costs of transitioning to organic crop and livestock production.

Cover Crop Grazing 101: Get Your Plan Together

ARTICLE
Grazing and cover crops can fast track fields to measurable higher levels of soil health! And there's no better way to make cover crops pay than to include grazing with them. This article provides some top notch basic information, especially for dryland areas.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative June Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
In 2017, the Organic Value Chain Roundtable consulted Canadian national and provincial organic associations to learn more about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the sector. Marie-Eve Levert discussed the results of this SWOT analysis and its implications for the organic industry.

2016 Organic Agriculture In The Prairies Report

OUR NEWS
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.

Cash Cropping with Intercrops

AUDIO
Recorded at Manitoba Ag Days in January, 2018, Colin Rosengren, a Producer in Midale, SK shares his story "Cash Cropping with Intercrops" 

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative May Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
On the May teleconference call, Jill Guerra, Research & Special Projects Coordinator at the Canada Organic Trade Association presented on Organic Agriculture in the Prairies - 2016 Data Report. Click here to download the presentation and listen to the audio!

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative April Teleconference: Organic Science Cluster Call – Part II

OUR NEWS
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) partnered with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) to deliver two teleconferences to share research results from the Organic Science Cluster II program. Click here to download and listen to the presentations!

Organic Science Cluster Call – Part I

OUR NEWS
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) partnered with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) to deliver two teleconferences to share research results from the Organic Science Cluster II program. Click here to download and listen to the presentations! Don't miss the next call on April 11th.

Online Tool to Help Organic Hopefuls Navigate Transition

NEWS
Organic growers want better risk management for transitioning farms, and the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) hope an online tool will fit the bill.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative March Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
On the March teleconference call, Leslie Johnson, Merchandiser at Pipeline Foods presented on challenges and opportunities in the Prairie Organic Grain Supply Chain. Click here to listen to the presentation and view the PowerPoint!

Organic Grain Marketing 101: Part 3 – Logistics

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The logistics costs involved in getting organic grain from farms to markets are astronomical. Conventional grain crops grown in Western Canada can usually be trucked to an elevator within an hour of the farm. Organic crops can easily spend eight to 12 hours in a truck before they find a market.

Organic Grain Marketing 101: Part 2 – Rejection Risk

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Lots of growers have been through the unpleasant experience of having a load of grain rejected on delivery. Generally, the cause is something in the environment that couldn’t be controlled.

Organic Grain Marketing 101: Part 1 – Liquidity

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The substance of grain marketing is the same for all farmers — to generate income. The quality of the decision, to sell today or to wait, ends up having a big impact on the farm’s revenue stream, profitability, future potential, and the owners’ quality of life.

Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference Videos

VIDEOS
The Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference in Brandon is now history — but not quite. They are posting some of the video presentations to their YouTube channel. Check them out here!

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative February Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
On the February teleconference call, Colin Rosengren, Owner-Operator of Rosengren Farms Inc. presented a conventional farmer's perspective on intercropping. Click here to listen to the presentation and view the Dr. Martin Entz's PowerPoint on the science behind intercropping!

New Study Shows Soil on Organic Farms Store Larger Amounts of Carbon

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A large U.S. field study looks at how organic farming stores away carbon in the soil and out of the atmosphere.

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative January Teleconference Call

OUR NEWS
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!

Perennial Grain Serves up Rich Flavour, With a Side of Sustainability

ARTICLE
The first loaves of bread made from Kernza have been gobbled up in Manitoba.

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!

New Report Highlights Organic Acres on Prairies

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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?

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!

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.

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!
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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.

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.

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.

Increase Crop Diversity, Reduce Risk by Intercropping: Overyielding

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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.

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.

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

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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.

Organic, Conventional Farmers Encounter Different Weed Issues

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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.

Weeds are a few of my Favourite Things

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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!
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Manitoba Ag Days Presentations

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

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