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Ottawa Backs Push To Increase Exports Of Organic Foods

STAFF / The federal government is spending $195,000 to promote Canadian organic products abroad. The money will go to the Canada Organic Trade Association to enhance the industry s competitiveness in global markets, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. Canada s organic farmers produce some of the world s most wholesome and healthy food, and are

First Organically Bred Wheat And Oat Lines Enter Co-Op Trials

Oat and wheat varieties bred specifically to perform well in the low-input conditions of an organic production system are one step closer to becoming a commercial reality. Two lines of wheat and two lines of oats developed by the Organic Wheat Breeding Program, based at Carman are now entering first-year co-op testing trials towards evaluation

Rebate Proposal Backed By Organic Growers

The Manitoba Organic Alliance will meet with Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers this week to ask the province to subsidize the cost of organic certification for growers who only sell locally. The rebate proposal emerged from a discussion among growers at last week’s Growing Local Conference over how to assist smaller producers who can’t afford the

U.K. Organic Sales Stable After Recession Fall

Sales of organic products in Britain has stabilized after a recession-driven decline which was particularly severe in the meat sector, the incoming director of the Soil Association said on Feb. 9. “Last year we saw a drop (in demand), particularly in some areas. The feeling is very much that it is more stable now and

Organic Wheat Tough To Move, Says CWB Marketer

Canadian organic wheat farmers have effectively been shut out of the European market due to lower-priced competition from Kazakhstan. After the meteoric rise of organic wheat to $30 per bushel in the spring of 2008 that ended in the global economic recession that began later that fall, food manufacturers started looking elsewhere for raw materials.

New Handbook For Organic Certification – for Dec. 2, 2010

Canadian Organic Growers (COG) has releasedRecord Keeping for Organic Growers,another handbook in its Practical Skills series of technical manuals for organic agriculture. COG’s says its aim is to help farmers reduce their time and anxiety around the record-keeping required for organic certification. Most farmers already save information about their inputs, products and methods, so this

Human Waste Could Be Phosphate Source

Human excreta could have a key role in securing future food security, helping prevent a sharp drop in yields of crops such as wheat due to a shortage of phosphorus inputs, a U.K. organic body said Nov. 29. “It is estimated that only 10 per cent of the three million tonnes of phosphorus excreted by

Feedback Sought On Stricter Organic Labelling Rules

Organic growers have a chance to speak up if they’re experiencing problems with new organic labelling laws. New regulations went into effect in June 2009 aimed at ensuring all products labelled “organic” or displaying the “Canada Organic” logo are certified and comply with clearly defined organic practices. But the clock is ticking down on the

Value Adding Important Part Of The Package

erard and Marie DeRuyck decided it was time to find a different way to farm in 2000 after spending buckets of money to seed, spray and harvest – only to have yields decimated by fusarium. The following year Gerard broke up 25 acres of pasture and sowed oats, sans synthetic inputs. Their son Dan and

Organic At A Crossroads

n the late 1990s, John Finnie was a Kenton-area conventional zero-till farmer concerned this was becoming too expensive a way to farm to be sustainable. He began to eye an organic system. Today the Finnies’ have 1,000 acres of cropland certified organic and raise certified bison meat. The challenges faced on their farm are trying