Organic Agriculture in the Prairies Reports

Organic Agriculture in the Prairies 2020 Data

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Now in its seventh year of publication, the Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report provides a snapshot of the health of the organic sector in the Canadian Prairie.

Key Findings
• Certified organic operations declined to 1957 in 2020 below 2019 numbers, primarily due to losses in the organic handling sector.
• The number of crop producers remained unchanged from 2019.
• The largest loss of operators and acreage occurred in Manitoba.
• Despite no real increases in producer numbers, organic acreage expanded by 161,719 acres to 1,884,509 acres in 2020 while the Prairie share of national organic acreage declined from 50 to 45%.
• Cereals and oilseeds demonstrated the greatest gains in acreage over 2019 with 20% and 18% growth, respectively. Wild harvested crops – most notably wild rice, reported the biggest loss of acreage with a 27% year-over-year reduction.
• Livestock production was relatively flat with seven fewer mixed organic operations in 2020 while actual livestock numbers increased from 2019.
• The number of Prairie organic handlers dropped precipitously from 292 to 265, a 10% drop over 2019.


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