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More regulations coming for Organic Producers

Dear COG Supporter,

Recently, we wrote to you about the proposed Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR) which are open for public consultation. We have recently reviewed these regulations in partnership with the Organic Federation of Canada, The Canada Organic Trade Association and with members of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable Table.

The SFCR will mean major changes for all Agricultural Operators but will include very specific impacts for the Organic Sector because the Organic Products Regulation (OPR), our sector’s governing regulation, will be housed in the SFCR. In moving our regulation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has also taken the opportunity to make amendments to the OPR. It is our opinion that many of these changes will be detrimental to the success of organic operators across the country.

Read the proposed SFCR here.

Our partners at the Canada Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Webinar on Tuesday, March 7th at 3pm EST to highlight the areas of concern and opportunities that the Safe Food For Canadians Regulations will bring to the organic sector and all members of the public are invited to attend. This webinar will also be recorded and shared afterwards if you can’t make it.

Join the webinar, and find out more about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and what it means for the Organic Sector.

Other ways to get involved: 1. CFIA Consultations: A 90 day public consultation is underway, closing on April 21st, 2017. Have your say here.
2. CFIA Information Sessions: Attend information sessions here.
3. Social Media: Join the conversation on social media here.
4. COG: You can also send your comments directly to COG by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will get involved and be part of the solution! It is through our collective efforts that we can make a difference and pave the way for a more sustainable agricultural future in Canada.


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Director of Programs and Government Relations
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This program is open to anyone who is interested, including agronomists and farmers. CEU credits are pending.

To register for the Moose Jaw or Lacombe session, please follow the links below.
To register for the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan session (Monday Mar 21, 2016), please follow this link (Note: if you require accommodations, the location of the session, Wood Acres, offers rooms. Please contact Wood Acres directly at : 306 692 0126)

To register for the Lacombe, Alberta session (Wednesday Mar 23, 2016), follow this link:

Registration for the Carman, Manitoba session will be begin in May. Information on how to register will be sent out then.

For more information, please contact Iris Vaisman:  

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 Read the Summer 2015 Newsletter here.

Join Manitoba's organic sector for two days of in-depth training at the University of Manitoba in WinnipegFebruary 18th and 19th.

Keynote addresses by Martin Entz of the University of Manitoba, Kathleen Delate from Iowa State University, Matthew Holmes from the Canada Organic Trade Association and Caroline Halde from Laval University.

18 breakout sessions on organic livestock, crop and vegetable production.

Unwind and meet old and new friends at the Thursday evening networking sessionat CanadInns.

Participate in one-on-one Business to Business meetings to connect with buyers in the Retail/Food Services and Grains sectors (free for organic and transitioning producers).

Connect with input suppliers, grain buyers and other organic businesses at theorganic trade show. Entry to the trade show is free.

Stay at CanadInns Destination Centre Fort Gary 1824 Pembina Highway. Mention "Prairie Organics" and receive a special conference rate of $116 per night for a King Suite and $106 per night for a standard room (2 Queen beds).

A two-day pass is $125. This includes lunch and snacks for two days. Student and one-day passes are also available. Note that most of the sessions on vegetable production are onFebruary 18th.

For those of you who cannot make it to the Conference, sessions in Richardson Auditorium will be streamed live by webcast. You will be able to ask questions on-line and watch from the comfort of your own home. You will need access to high speed internet in order to stream the webcast.

Sponsorship, exhibitor and B2B opportunities are still available. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you're interested.

Click here to visit the conference website.

Activation Products in Cobourg, ON is looking for 1,000 lbs of organic canary seeds. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 1 866 271-7595 x717

Grain Millers has spot market bids for:organic brown flax at $36/bu fob farm (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 306 933-4644, and organic feed oats ($4.50/bu) and barley ($7.50 fob farm) (contact Scott at 306 335-7707)

Roger Rivest Marketing is seeking growers for organic pinto and black turtle beans in 2015. Black Turtle seed will be treated with Heads Up. The company is also forward contracting for organic yellow peas (Meadow variety) at $15.00 CDN/bu, organic soybeans - food grade $30-$32/bu, feed grade $24/bu, organic corn, organic sunflowers, and organic wheat (food and feed grade). Call 519 687-3522.

Growers International Organic Sales Inc. has available production contract acres for organic brown flax in Manitoba, and Eastern Saskatchewan. Please contact Lorne Lix at 204-924-7050 for more information on prices and delivery options.

DeRuyck's Top of the Hill Farm is seeking organic spring spelt. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 204 526-2066


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Thank you Marnie and team for your continuing support of organics in MB. Thank you for your recent gift to Dr. Marten Entz & the Natural Systems Agriculture program, celebrating 25 years of organic research in Manitoba!

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More information here

"Our Nature is Organic"  Activity Book

Have you ever wondered what exactly spelt is, or what those beautiful heritage tomatoesyou see  are called? Get your creative juices flowing while you learn more about organic production topics like ancient grains, pollination, heritage  varieties, biodiversity and more in this illustrated journey through organic production in Canada.

Content-wise this colouring and activity booklet is geared for children aged 9-99, and all ages will enjoy colouring the illustrations, while mom or dad help with the recipes or read  aloud the accompanying facts about  basic organic  production. Let's all get a little closer to understanding where our healthy food comes from while having fun! 

Download your copy of the activity book here.


2018 will be here before we know it.

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Check out the COG Lending Library! 

The COG lending library contains over 1500 titles on organic agriculture and related topics, in books, video and audio tapes, DVDs, articles and periodicals.  The resources of the lending library of Canadian Organic Growers are available to the Canadian public.  Items may be borrowed by mail free of charge.

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Other new organic extension materials available

1. Green Manure Took Kit This free downloadable kit produced by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada with funding from the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has five modules that will help you understand green manures and how to choose the right green manure for your farm conditions. Click here to begin your green manure journey.

2. 2017 Manitoba Cost of Production for Organic Field Crops This important business tool will help you decide if growing organic cereals and oilseeds makes economic sense. Download the Excel spreadsheet and customize the numbers for your farm.


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