Organic Friends' E‑zine: September 2014

Photo of the Month, by Dalhousie University
The announcement of Organic Science Cluster II took place at Dalhousie University's Agricultural Campus on August 12, 2014. From left to right: Dr. David Gray, Dean of Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture; Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University; Tim Livingstone, Organic Federation of Canada; Scott Armstrong, local Member of Parliament; Nicole Boudreau, Organic Federation of Canada; Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; Dr. Andy Hammermeister, Director of Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University; Margaret Savard, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada; and Joanna MacKenzie, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada.

In this Issue:

OACC Director's Message

After months of hard work by OACC staff and Canada’s organic and research communities, it was a delight to take part in the formal announcement of Organic Science Cluster II (OSCII) on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus last month. OSCII will continue and expand upon the work of the first Organic Science Cluster to strengthen the science of organic agriculture. The 37 research activities span both Canada and the organic sector, with activities focused on the organic production of field crops, horticultural crops, and livestock, as well as pest management and value adding for Canadian organic producers. With strong support from 65 industry partners, these activities address research priorities identified by the sector and will be of direct relevance to you, the Canadian organic community. OSCII is also supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Policy Framework, and was initiated by OACC in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada. For more information, I invite you to visit our website at and click on the Organic Science Cluster tab and stay tuned to our E-zine for updates.

Coinciding with the launch of OSCII, we are also excited to launch a new version of the OACC website,, now hosted by Dalhousie University. The information that you are used to finding on our website has been maintained and streamlined, with a new, fresh look and structure. We are continuing to develop our new home on the internet, and welcome any comments or feedback, which can be sent to

As we look forward to Organic Week next week, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the organic community, and wish each of you continued success and a bountiful harvest.

Andy Hammermeister, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Director, OACC

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture

Organic Science Cluster II

Highlights of OSCII in the News

Practical Resources

Soils and Fertility



Pest Management

Season Extension

Seed Production and Plant Breeding

Marketing and Economics

Scientific Results

Post-harvest Handling, Storage and Processing

Marketing and Economics

Organic Standards

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released draft editions of the revised Organic Agriculture Standards, which can now be downloaded for public review. The first period of public review will be for a minimum of 60 days in accordance with the development of a National Standard of Canada and will be opened for comments until September 22, 2014.

Two versions of each draft are available, a copy showing the proposed changes since the last edition, and a copy not showing these proposed changes, to facilitate reading. No changes have been balloted for approval by the committee to date. In addition, copies of the minutes of the two meetings for the development of these standards are available and detail the rationale for the changes and items rejected.

Members of the committee, organisations, institutions and the public are encouraged to submit comments, with supporting rationale, for any recommended changes. Technical changes, translation issues and major editorial improvements are welcome, but minor editorial changes are not recommended. Only submissions sent via the Change Form with the appropriate supporting information will be accepted.

Student, Job and Apprentice Opportunities

  • Post-doctoral fellow opportunity at the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre
    Working within a multidisciplinary team, the post-doctoral fellow (PDF) will undertake research activities in the area of sustainable organic production systems for the Brown Soil zone. Under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, a team of research scientists and assisted by technical staff and/or students, the PDF will conduct field trials under organic methods.  The objective of the main field trial is to determine if diversified crop rotations and reduced tillage under organic management can keep weed populations at low levels, soil fertility at adequate levels, and plants healthy for sustainable and profitable production of annual crops under the water-limited and variable environmental conditions of the Brown Soil Zone of western Canada. For more information, please contact Myriam Fernandez at
  • Please let us know about current opportunities you wish to announce by emailing

Organic Events

Event Location Date
Organic Week 2014
Across Canada September 20-28, 2014
IOIA/COTA Webinar – Canada Organic Regime Processing Standard Online September 23 & 25, 2014
Practical Farmers of Ontario 2014 Conference Series Featuring Joel Salatin and Greg Judy
Guelph, ON
October 4 & 16, 2014
18th IFOAM Organic World Congress
Istanbul, Turkey October 13-15, 2014
Innovations in Organic Food Systems for Sustainable Production and Enhanced Ecosystem Services Long Beach, CA
November 1-2, 2014
Soils and Weeds Workshops Regina, SK
November 6, 2014
Organic Connections 2014 Regina, SK November 7-8, 2014
2014 IOIA/COG Basic Processing Inspection Training Mississauga-Toronto, ON November 10-14, 2014
2014 ACORN Conference and Trade Show
Halifax, NS
November 12-14, 2014
34th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo
Guelph, ON
January 29 - February 1, 2015
Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Lacrosse, WI
February 25-26, 2015



Organic Friends' E-Zine September 2014, Vol 10, Iss 11
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