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The Manitoba Organic Alliance announced the working group Oct. 23 during its annual meeting in Brandon.

Organic Alliance says 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

Organic farmers in Manitoba hope a new working group will help solve long-standing crop insurance issues. The body will have members from both the Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). “There’s definite improvements that need to be made, so we want to know what the timeline on that is,” MOA president

Katherine Stanley (l) has been named as the Manitoba Organic Alliance’s first agronomist.

Manitoba Organic Alliance names agronomist

Katherine Stanley will take on the term position over the next year

Manitoba’s organic farmers now have an agronomist to call their own — even if it’s only for a year. The farmer organization the Manitoba Organic Alliance has teamed up with the University of Manitoba and the provincial Agriculture Department to create a one-year term position for an organic agronomist and Katherine Stanley has been named


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Federal government pledges $1.2 million to help expand organic farming

Western Economic Diversification funds will help western organic growers compete in lucrative global organic food market

A new program aimed at expanding the number of organic farmers in Western Canada has received $1.2 million from the federal Western Diversification Program (WDP). The cash will be put towards the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI), a four-year $2.2-million program being rolled out this spring by western Canadian organic associations that also have pledged

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Prairie-wide innovation fund for organic grains soon underway

Demand for organic grains increasing while maintaining the supply poses problems

A new development fund sponsored by organic food companies will soon support associations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta trying to expand the number of organic farmers. The Prairie Organic Development Fund (PODF) is a multi-year fund that organic food companies have pledged to support, while the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) will be its first funded project,

Organic sector receives government support

The Canadian organic industry is getting $500,000 in government funds to update its standards and pursue new domestic and international markets. “Canada’s organic producers are constantly striving for the best quality so they can continue to increase their sales at home and abroad,” said Robert Goguen, the MP for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe on behalf of Agriculture Minister


Horsemeat scandal buoys U.K. organic sales after 2012 dip

Consumers are turning to organic products as a guarantee of integrity after meat products were mislabelled

Reuters / Sales of organic products in Britain continued to decline last year in contrast to continental Europe but the horsemeat scandal has sparked a revival, the country’s main organic certification body, the Soil Association, said March 20. “In the worst economic downturn in living memory, it’s not surprising to find subdued sales of a

Horsemeat scandal buoys U.K. organic sales

Reuters / Sales of organic products in Britain continued to decline last year in contrast to continental Europe but the horsemeat scandal has sparked a revival, the country’s main organic certification body, the Soil Association, said March 20. “In the worst economic downturn in living memory, it’s not surprising to find subdued sales of a

Tight supplies and growing organic demand signals brighter days

Tight supplies and growing demand mean organic farmers can anticipate decent prices for 2013.   “It’s definitely a good time to be in organics,” Leslie Johnson, marketing manager of Growers International Organic Sales (GIOSI) told a small gathering of organic farmers at Ag Days last week.   “Prices are on the rebound with interest in


Organic farmers reject call to self-insure against GM contamination

Organic growers and food safety advocates are condemning an advisory report to the Agriculture Department claiming its recommendations would be costly for farmers who want to protect their conventional crops from being contaminated by genetically modified varieties. The USDA is studying how biotech agriculture could best “coexist” with organic and conventional farming, but critics slammed

Entz receives award of excellence

University of Manitoba agronomy researcher Martin Entz is among four people honoured recently at the Organic Connections Conference in Regina for their contributions to organic agriculture. Entz was recognized for the more than three decades of research work into improving organic farming systems by studying crop rotation, green manure management, intercropping and comparing long-term organic