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Farmers for Climate Solutions’ Agricultural Policy Framework Campaign

Farmers for Climate Solutions’ Agricultural Policy Framework Campaign

Canada’s Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) is a 5-year investment made by federal, provincial and territorial governments to develop Canada’s agricultural...

The Business Of Organic Regenerative Agriculture

Transitioning to organic involves a lot more than just removing agrochemicals from your fields. Often, it means completely reorganizing sections...

We’re Hiring: Communications and Membership Manager

We’re Hiring: Communications and Membership Manager

Hours: 35 hours per week (negotiable)  Salary: 52,000 – 62,000 pending experience Benefits: Health Savings Account available after 3 month...

RFP for (1) Website Migration, Hosting and Maintenance, (2) Continued Ontario Organic Directory Development, and (3) Organic Council of Ontario Brand and Web Presence Redevelopment

The Organic Council of Ontario is seeking proposals for a multi-part web project. Proponents may submit proposals for one, two,...

2022 Ontario Budget and the Organic Sector

In January, OCO contributed a written submission to the Ontario government’s pre-budget consultation process. Our primary asks were: Pass The...

Greenlander! Expanding the Use of Cover Crops in Organic Vegetable Farming

Though it may seem laborious to grow plants that will never be harvested, cover crops can bring many benefits to Canadian farmers. At the EFAO conference’s webinar: Greenlander! Expanding the use of cover crops in organic vegetable farming, cover crop farmers and experts Jeff Boesch from Cedar Down Farm and Reid Allaway from Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm shared insights drawn from years of experience with cover cropping.

Reduced Tillage in Organic Field Crop Production

How can organic farmers reduce tillage on their farms? In this webinar, Brett Israel from 3Gen Organic, Aaron Bowman from Bowmanview Farms, Jake Munroe from OMAFRA and Mel Luymes discussed this struggle. 

Ontario Scores Low on Organic Report Card

The Canadian Organic Trade Association has just released its State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2021, which summarizes the current state of support for the organic sector from all levels of government. This year’s data shows that while Ontario consumers have shown enthusiasm for the organic industry – as discussed in OCO’s Ontario Organic Market Report 2021 – the province lacks significant  support for the growth of organic agriculture. So where are opportunities for improvement?

Reducing On-Farm Emissions and Energy Use

Climate change and agriculture are closely connected. Agriculture makes up 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, excluding on-farm fossil fuel usage and fertilizer production processes. Canada has pledged to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the economy by 40 percent and reduce agricultural emissions by 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030. In order to meet these targets, changes across the agricultural industry are necessary.

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