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Canadian Prairie Garden Puree COO Kelly Beaulieu in happier times, showcasing one of the company’s purées.

Canadian Prairie Garden Puree in receivership

Secured creditors applied for court protection earlier this month

A groundbreaking Man­itoba vegetable-processing company has been forced into receivership. Secured creditors of Can­adian Prairie Garden Puree Inc. (CPG) were granted a receivership order Mar. 22 by Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg. The accounting firm Meyers Norris Penny has been named receiver and in a court document it detailed secured creditors are owed a

University of Manitoba professor, Martin Entz says tensions between conventional and organic producers appear to be softening.

Organic agriculture no panacea: study

Too many uncertainties exist to say it’s the only solution

Organic agriculture has benefits but it is not a silver bullet for global food security, a new study says. Too much scientific uncertainty exists for organic agriculture to be considered a better alternative to conventional farming, says the study by two University of British Columbia researchers. “(O)rganic agriculture cannot be the Holy Grail for our

Profitability could be easier to achieve through organic: 2017 COP analysis

Per-acre profitability is markedly different compared to conventional, 
provincial estimates of production costs show

Organic farmers potentially have a shorter road to profitability than their conventional neighbours in 2017, according to provincial costs of production budgets released recently. The most promising crops between the two systems are radically different and there’s marked difference in per-acre profitability, according to numbers shared by a Manitoba Agriculture farm management specialist at an

Canadian Organic Trade Association head Dag Falck says agriculture needs to understand it’s consumers driving the conversation, not organic growers.

Telling people they’re wrong won’t win their trust

Organic farmers have an opportunity to be leaders in agriculture

The organic sector must tread carefully or risk getting caught in the crossfire in the growing debate over social licence in agriculture, the president of the Canadian Organic Trade Association says. Dag Falck told the recent Organic Connections conference in Regina that while organic farmers are rarely targeted by consumers who have concerns over how

Manitoba Chicken Producers says a new annual quota program will address a changing chicken market, but current small-scale producers say the changes aren’t likely to be helpful.

Small-scale chicken quota changes stir controversy

Manitoba Chicken Producers has launched a new annual specialty quota program in hopes 
of developing new markets for specialty poultry products in the province

Manitoba Chicken Producers is changing the guidelines for small-scale producers. It’s moving to an annual specialty quota program it says addresses the reality that the chicken market is becoming more specialized, and will give consumers access to Manitoba-grown birds. “At the end of the day what we want consumers in Manitoba to have access to

University of Manitoba researcher Martin Entz (r) gives federal MP Terry Duguid a quick lesson in the merits of hairy vetch in a cropping system at the Glenlea long-term organic cropping trials Sept. 23. Looking on is the university’s vice-president of research Digvir Jayas and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler.

New funds for organic research

Researchers at the long-term organic research trials at Glenlea will be getting some state-of-the art equipment

Organic research at the University of Manitoba is getting a boost from the provincial and federal governments. They capped off National Organic Week by announcing a $366,000 research investment Sept. 23. “This strategic investment in equipment and infrastructure will ensure the university continues to produce research that is relevant to producers who are interested in

Martin Entz stands in the porch of a tiny clubhouse built so researchers and students could take shelter from the weather at the Glenlea Long-Term Study.

Twenty-five years of organics

Canada’s longest-running study of organic crop systems continues to yield new results

Martin Entz points down a road that is more mud than gravel as he drives towards a pint-size field house and a cluster of research plots. “This has become a real destination, it didn’t start out that way, but it certainly is now,” he said, turning towards the Glenlea Long-Term Rotation Study — the oldest

Pipestone-area producer Bryce Lobreau planted 15 acres of Linden butternut squash this summer.

Grain growers try their hand at veg production

Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products Inc., based in Portage la Prairie 
has significantly ramped up its organic product line

Not long ago Bryce Lobreau would have scoffed had someone told him he’d be growing a field of vegetables one day. The Pipestone-area farmer was focused on building up his cattle herd, to become what is now Manitoba’s largest organic livestock feeder, and expanding his land base, now at 5,000 acres of mostly hay land

Think food prices are high? Get ready for higher

Growing demand for 'organic' or 'natural' products will only increase the cost of food further, and reduce farm productivity

Food prices are up four per cent over last year in Canada — mainly because of the cheap loonie and more expensive imports. This has come as a shock to Canadians used to spending an ever-declining share of income on food. Worse yet, further increases likely await — and for a very different, more permanent

Hedge fund urges organics firm SunOpta to sell itself

Reuters — Hedge fund Tourbillon Capital Partners is urging Canadian organic food firm SunOpta Inc. to sell itself to a bigger rival, according to a letter sent to the company on Friday. Mississauga, Ont.-based SunOpta’s share price jumped 26 per cent after the US$4 billion hedge fund asked it to hire an investment bank to