Organic Friends' E‑zine: March 2017

Photo of the Month, by Andy Hammermeister
The Organic Value Chain Roundtable, with members representing a wide cross section of the Canadian organic community, met in Ottawa on March 1 & 2.

In this issue:

Call for Letters of Intent & Priority Research Areas for Organic Science Cluster III

The Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), in collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), are pleased to announce the Call for Letters of Intent for research in Organic Science Cluster III (2018-2023).  

This Letter of Intent process is being conducted in anticipation that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s next Agricultural Policy Framework will include another Science Cluster Initiative.

The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is April 10, 2017.

For more information, please see the documents below or visit

Letter of Intent Form, Guidelines, and Priority Research Areas

  • Letter of Intent Guidelines for Researchers [PDF - 647 kB]
    Please read this document carefully, as it provides details of the application process, priority research areas, and further guidance about what should be included in a Letter of Intent.
  • Letter of Intent Submission Form [Word file]
    Please use this form for submitting a Letter of Intent, following the noted page limits and instructions. [Note: If you are experiencing difficulties opening this link, try right clicking on the link, then selecting "Save Link As..."]
  • Priority Research Areas for Organic Science Cluster III [PDF - 281 kB]
    The organic sector has been undergoing a national assessment of research priorities. While a full assessment is not yet complete, preliminary results of the research needs assessment have identified the priorities that can help inform applications to Organic Science Cluster III, to supplement the Letter of Intent Guidelines for Researchers.

Please note that due to time and budget considerations, this Call for Letters of Intent is being issued in English and we request that all Letters of Intent be submitted in English.

Organic Science Cluster II

Latest research results

Theme B. Horticultural crops: Advancing the science of vegetable, fruit and novel horticultural crops

Theme C. Crop pests: Innovation in sustainable pest management strategies

Theme D. Livestock: Optimizing animal health and welfare for productivity and quality

Practical Resources

Field Crops

Scientific Results

Soils and Fertility

Food for Organic Thought

Organic in Canada

News & Articles of Interest

Student, Job and Apprentice Opportunities


Event Location Date
Spring Workshop on Organic Research
Swift Current, SK
April 7, 2017
COG’s Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course Online April 10 - November 3, 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 March 2017, Volume 13, Issue 5
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