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Growing Organic Hemp in Canada

Industrial hemp has been legal to grow in Canada since 1998. Since this time, the industry has grown in the Prairies to over 60,000 acres in 2014. There are two products from hemp: fibre and grain. As of yet, no … Continue reading

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The organic market is open in Japan!

Big news for Canadian organic companies this week. The Canadian Organic Trade Association has been working long and hard on this, and it has finally come through: equivalency with Japan, the largest Asian market! This means products certified organic in … Continue reading

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Bill C-18 delayed

The bill that will bring in UPOV ’91 to Canada has reached its second reading in the house, but will be delayed until the Fall, when Parliament resumes. This will leave more time for farmers and the public to weight … Continue reading

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Open Source Seed

A group of scientists, seed growers and breeders have launched a new campaign in an effort to keep seeds in the hands of farmers. The new website was launched with much fanfare, including an interview on CBC radio’s As It Happens. The … Continue reading

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GE Alfalfa release delayed

Forage Genetics International, the licence-holder of GE alfalfa that was approved for registration in Canada last year, has delayed its Canadian release for another year. Read the story in the Western Producer here. This news comes in the wake of … Continue reading

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Canadian Seed Finder

Seeds of Diversity Canada has created an excellent resource to help source seed across Canada. Ecological Seed Finder finds seed from based on crop, variety, region and can even filter for organic seed. There is also a graph showing how many … Continue reading

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North Dakota seed growers named farmers of the year

From the MOSES (Mid-west Organic and Sustainable Education Service) conference, the largest organic conference in the US (1300 people this year). More on the conference here http://mosesorganic.org/conference/ This is a great talk about organic seed production, selecting varieties for Northern … Continue reading

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The Genesis of Organic Wheat

Organic growers heard the news about the recent registration of an organically bred variety of oat at the Organic Alberta conference last year in Olds. At this year’s conference in Barrhead, we heard another announcement: the registration of new organically … Continue reading

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Red Fife: a niche wheat for small-scale organic growers

Organic Alberta hosted a conference in Strathmore on March 3, 2014. A panel of organic wheat growers (Bernie Ehnes and Marc Gibeau) from Southern Alberta described their experience with Red Fife. Of its redeeming qualities, Red Fife grows vigorously and … Continue reading

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Saving heritage seed in a Manitoba Mennonite village

On a cold, sunny day in February, a small group of passionate seed savers gathers in a historic town to talk about seeds and where they came from. It’s a town called Neubergthal, Manitoba. The Neubergthal Heritage Society has been … Continue reading

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