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  1. Overview of Organic Production in Saskatchewan Mission of European Buyers to Canada Brenda Frick, Prairie Coordinator, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada August 27, 2003

  2. SaskatchewanEnvironment • Saskatchewan lends itself to organic production • Clean natural environment • Open skies, abundant farmland • Dry and cold discourage diseases, pests • Diverse growing conditions • Established organic agriculture community

  3. Organic Agriculture is Saskatchewan Saskatchewan has more organic farmers than any other province in Canada 773+ farms reporting certified organic products in Saskatchewan 35% of Canadian organic farms are in Saskatchewan Statistics Canada; Census of Agriculture 2001

  4. Organic Producers Increasing Ann Macey, Organic Statistics, 1996-2001

  5. Organic Acreage in Saskatchewan • 160,000 ac cereal • 113,000 ac forage • 35,000 ac oilseed • 39,000 ac pulses • 14,000 ac other crops • 340,000 ac other • 700,000 ac TOTAL Frick, Brenda; Production Statistics for Organic Agriculture in Saskatchewan for 2000

  6. Organic Cereals in Saskatchewan • Wheat, Durum • Oat • Kamut®, Barley, Rye, Spelt, Millet, etc

  7. Organic Oilseeds in Saskatchewan • Flax is the major organic oilseed • Smaller amounts of mustard • Hemp, sunola, etc.

  8. Organic Pulses in Saskatchewan • Lentil, field pea • Chickpea, dry bean • Pulses as cover crops, chickling vetch, etc

  9. Additional Crops in Saskatchewan • Growing herb and spice industry • Borage, Caraway, Echinacea • Development of horticultural options • Sprouting seeds, vegetables, fruit • Wild crafting of fruits, forest products • Berries, mushrooms, syrups

  10. Wild Rice in Saskatchewan • more than 70% of Canadian production in SK • harvested from natural water bodies • 1000 – 2000 tonnes per year • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2002, Canadian Wild Rice Industry. http://www.agr.gc.ca/misb/spcrops/wildrice_e.phtml

  11. Processing and Exporting • Nearly 40 organic processors in Saskatchewan • Cleaning, mixing, grinding flours, crushing oil • Bulk sales - GIOSI, world’s largest private organic cereal grain supplier and exporter • Cereal based food ingredients

  12. Processing Support

  13. Organic Forage in Saskatchewan • Alfalfa, sweet clover, red clovers • Plowdown for soil building • Seed • Greenfeed – oat pea mixtures • Wild oat, kochia • Feed grains

  14. Organic Livestock in Saskatchewan • Vast areas needed for organic animal production • Clean water, grass, lower disease potential • 100% organic feed – grass, forage, feed

  15. Organic Livestock in Saskatchewan • 62 organic livestock producers • 7,000 – 8000 head of cattle • Sales of 3,000 finished organic beef / yr • Lamb, pork, poultry • Could be certified organic bison

  16. COLA headquartered in Saskatchewan • 2 EU approved organic slaughter • facilities in Western Canada • Free Farm – US humane society accredited • CFIA hormone free tags • European contact – Alexander Gibb, Scotland http://www.colabeef.ca

  17. Support for Saskatchewan Producers • Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, SOD, • a producer-controlled organization with international credibility promotes the organic industry in Saskatchewan • Canadian Organic Growers provides networking and extension to organic producers

  18. Support for Saskatchewan Producers • Saskatchewan government provides an organic specialist and a system of extension agrologists • Saskatchewan organic farmers can purchase organic crop insurance • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides marketing and trade officers

  19. Support for Saskatchewan Producers • Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada provides research and extension through a Prairie Coordinator, and education through web based courses • University of Saskatchewan assists the organic industry with production and economic research and training

  20. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2002, Canadian Wild Rice Industry. http://www.agr.gc.ca/misb/spcrops/wildrice_e.phtml Macey, Ann; 1997 - 2001, various statistical reports, Eco-Farm & Garden Frick, Brenda; Production Statistics for Organic Agriculture in Saskatchewan for 2000, Report for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food & Saskatchewan Organic Directorate. February 2001 Saskatchewan Agriculture Food and Rural Revitalization. 2000. Saskatchewan Organic Marketing and Processing Directory Saskatchewan Agrivision Corporation Inc. 2002. The Organic Agriculture Industry. Fact Sheet. Statistics Canada; Census of Agriculture 2001 Thanks also to Janine Gibson, Canadian Organic Growers; and Sam Rhode, Certified Organic Livestock Association for information and materials; and Susan Howse for photographs References and Acknowledgements