Just Released! COTA 2017 Organic Agriculture on the Prairies Data Report
Just Released! COTA 2017 Organic Agriculture on the Prairies Data Report


New Report Highlights Growth in Organic Operations and Acreage Across the Prairies

(Regina, November 15, 2018) The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) commissioned the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) to publish the fourth report on organic operations and acreage in the Prairies. This 2017 data report contains information and statistics on organic operations, acreage, and market growth in the Prairies. Furthermore, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the organic operations and acreage of each Prairie province.
“SaskOrganics is pleased to be a partner in this important project. This is the only report available in Canada that provides vital data on organic production in the Prairies and is an invaluable resource to anyone in the sector wanting to grow their business or for companies interested in stepping into the booming global organic market place.” says Marla Carlson, SaskOrganics Executive Director. “The big news in Saskatchewan is the growing number of acres under organic management and a significant increase in the number of certified organic processors in the province”.

Key Findings:
• Saskatchewan continues to be a key producer of organic products with 1015 certified organic operations in the province (second only to QC and tied with ON).
• Between 2016 and 2017, organic acreage in the Prairies increased from 1.6 to 1.8 million acres
• Saskatchewan represents 64% of organic Prairie acreage, followed by Alberta (30%), and Manitoba (6%)
• In 2017, Saskatchewan had 1.2 million acres under organic management representing 37% of Canada’s total acres. There has been a 269,000 acres increase between 2015 and 2017 marking an impressive 30% growth.
• Saskatchewan continues to lead in field crop production with 65% of field crop acres in the Prairies being grown in the province. The three crops with the largest number of acres planted in 2017 are organic wheat, organic oats and organic flax.
• The number of certified organic processors in the province increased from 90 to 115 in 2017.
The operation and acreage data for this report was voluntarily supplied by certification bodies across Canada and the United States to COTA for analysis and release. COTA and experts in the organic sector conducted secondary research and analysis on the data provided to create this report.

Media Contact:
Marla Carlson, Executive Director
c: 306-535-3456 e: marla@saskorganic.com a: 311 – 845 Broad Street, Regina, SK, S4R 8G9

About SaskOrganics
SaskOrganics is a farmer led membership non profit organization. We serve all certified organic entities throughout the value chain in Saskatchewan by advocating for a resilient and thriving organic community through leadership in research, market development and communications.

About the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is a tri-provincial project dedicated to achieving resiliency and stability in the prairie organic sector by focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of organic grains, and developing relationships across organic market value chains. It is funded in part by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
A partnership between Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, and Manitoba Organic Alliance, the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is bringing the community together to develop a strong foundation of programs, resources, and relationships upon which the prairie organic sector can truly flourish.
The Initiative focuses on compiling innovative research to create resources for producers that improve best management practices and consequently their resiliency, stability, and profitability. A primary objective is to help farmers increase yields and improve grain quality. The resources train producers to implement best management practices that build soil fertility, manage weeds, and maximize grain quality.

Read the Full Report here.



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