Saskatchewan Has Strong Organic Industry

Organic producers from around the Province gathered in Swift Current for an Organic Research Workshop.

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The event was sponsored by the Organic Research Program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre and the Advisory Committee on Organic Research, SaskOrganics Association Inc and the Southwest Saskatchewan Organic Producers Inc, TCO Chapter 8.

Marla Carlson is the Executive Director for SaskOrganics and says there’s a strong Organic sector in Saskatchewan, noting they’ve seen a 29% growth in organic acres in the Province since 2014.

“In Saskatchewan, we have 1051 certified organic operations, 964 of those are crop producers, we have 25 organic livestock producers and 112 organic processors. An organic processor can be anything from a seed cleaner to a grain buyer to a food manufacturer so it’s quite a broad category. We have 1.155 million acres under organic management in the Province, that’s 35% of the total Organic acres in Canada.”

Producers taking part in last week’s Organic Workshop had a chance to learn about the organic research that is underway in the Province, as well as more information on improving soil fertility using green manure, and how to report incidents of spray drift or chemical contamination.

Source: swiftcurrentonline.com

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