Organic Friends' E‑zine: January 2017

Photo of the Month, by Andy Hammermeister
The cold winter months are a great time to connect with your community, learn and share. Here, seed cleaning, nutrient management and research needs are discussed at an organic grain producers meeting in southern Saskatchewan in the fall season of 2016.

In this issue:

Participate in the 2016-2017 Canadian Organic Research Needs and Priorities Assessment before the February 28 deadline!

We want your input! Have your say in guiding research priorities for Canada’s organic sector. Collect your thoughts with a group of peers and participate in the 2016-17 assessment of organic research needs and priorities.

A clear list of research priorities is needed to guide provincial and national funding initiatives and inform researchers as to where they should direct their efforts. The Research Needs Task Force of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable is leading this initiative; data is being collected and summarized by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University.

See below or visit the OACC website for more details, videos to inspire and instruct you through the process, and forms to submit with your input by February 28, 2017.

Organic Science Cluster II

Practical Resources

Crop Rotation

Pest Management

Nutrition, Safety and Health of Organic Foods

Scientific Results


Nutrition, Safety and Health of Organic Foods

Social Science

Organic in Canada

  • COG's Third Edition of the Organic Field Crop Handbook is Now Available!

  • OFC Survey: What about non-compliance? Have your say!
    Canadian operators wishing to label their products as organic have to comply with the Canadian Organic Standards (COS), referenced by the Organic Products Regulations (OPR). They have to be inspected every year to demonstrate that they faithfully apply the standards, and the yearly inspection is a very special moment of their farming/processing activities. In order to help operators being successful in their certification process, the OFC wants to know how easy or difficult it is: are there many non-compliances that are unveiled, and if so, is that difficult to resolve non-compliances?  Are operators well informed about the Canadian Organic Standards and about the OPR requirements? Knowing the difficulties encountered through the certification process will help building efficient tools to facilitate that process.

News & Articles of Interest


Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture - Online Courses Offered in the Winter 2017 Semester

Student, Job and Apprentice Opportunities


Event Location Date
ACORN Organic Pastured Poultry Symposium
Dieppe, NB
January 24, 2017
2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Lexington, Kentucky January 25-26, 2017
Guelph Organic Conference
Guelph, ON January 26-29, 2017
New Brunswick Organic Forum
Fredericton, NB
February 14, 2017
Organic Alberta Conference
Lacombe, AB
February 17-19, 2017
COABC Conference Nanaimo, BC February 24-26, 2017
COG OSO's Eco Farm Day 2017
Cornwall, ON February 25-26, 2017
COG Toronto's 11th Annual Conference
Toronto, ON
February 25, 2017
Organic Farming and Soil Management Session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly Vienna, Austria April 23-28, 2017
19th Organic World Congress
New Delhi, India November 9-11, 2017



Organic Friends' E-Zine January 2017, Volume 13, Issue 3
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