Support for western organic grain growers
By Top Crop Manager
May 29, 2015 - A total of $1.2 million in federal government funding will help Prairie organic grain growers expand into growing international markets.
Under the Western Diversification Program (WDP), funding for this project will go towards enhancing the Organic Alberta Council's leadership in the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI), which works to enhance organic grain and field crop growers' production, quality and profitability, and to support their participation in trade shows and international missions.
The POGI initiative is a pan-western partnership between the Organic Alberta Council, the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, the Manitoba Organic Alliance and the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia. The project has also received funding from a number of industry partners, including USC Canada, Dave's Killer Bread, Nature's Path, and Grain Miller's Inc.
The organic food industry is estimated to be a $63 billion (U.S.) global industry. In Canada alone, the organic market is worth an estimated $3.7 billion, and continues to outpace the growth of other agri-food sectors.