Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farms Not Certified As Organic

By Manny Paiva

Many farmers choosing not to certify their operations as organic.

Length: 1:29

There are many small-scale farmers who choose not to certify their farms as organic.

A working group made up of organic consultants and farmers is looking into it.

A survey of farmers across the country got almost 200 responses, and a common concern was that a certification process designed for international and national trade doesn't work well for diversified small farms focused on local markets.

Others raised concerns about the cost and the amount of paperwork.


Farm Credit Canada has some insight into the agrifood supply chain from the latest quarterly outlook from the Bank of Canada.

Chief agricultural economist J-P Gervais says the report points to a continued weak labour market in Eastern Canada and projects slower consumer spending.

He suggests that could put a ceiling on livestock prices.


Applications are still being accepted for the Growing Assurance-Food Safety On-Farm program.

Swine producers can apply under four categories -- animal welfare, biosecurity, food safety on-farm, and workplace safety and health.

Up to 16-thousand dollars in government funding is available per registered site.

The deadline for applications is December 5th.


It's the richest indoor rodeo in Canada and 2014 was another successful year for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.

The final numbers are in -- more than 181 thousand people attended the C-F-R at Rexall Place and at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.



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