Prairie Organic Specialist

19.05.16

 Press Release

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative announces toll-free number to assist prairie farmers

May 9, 2016

Edmonton, AB – The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has launched a new toll free telephone number to provide advice to organic, transitioning and interested grain and field crop producers across the Prairie Provinces.

The resident organic experts are available to answer producer questions on organic grain and field crop production, certification and transitioning to organic production, agronomy and marketing as well as post-harvest handling. Call 1-800-245-8341 or email info@pivotandgrow.com to talk to an organic specialist. Leave a detailed voice message or email with your question and include your name, number and location. An organic specialist will connect with each request within 1-3 business days. More information and resources may be found at www.pivotandgrow.com.

About the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is a $2.2 Million four-year program aimed at achieving growth in the organic field crop sector of the Canadian Prairies, while simultaneously building resiliency and stability. The program focuses on increasing both the quantity and quality of organic field crops while building strong market relationships.

The initiative is a partnership across the entire organic sector and between the organic associations in each province. Organic Alberta is working closely with Sask Organics, Manitoba Organic Alliance, Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC), The Canada Organic Trade Association, The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada and USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security as well as with producers, grain buyers, processors, certification bodies and major organic brands to develop and deliver programming.

The project is receiving $1.2 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada, just under $1 million from industry and approximately $30,000 from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Growing Forward 2. Key industry funding partners include: USC Canada, through the The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Dave’s Killer Bread, Grain Millers, Nature’s Path, General Mills and Clif Bar.

Contact

For more information, please contact

Melisa Zapisocky, New Grower Transition Program Manager

Unit 1, 10329 61st Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T6H 1K9

Phone: 1-587-521-2400

Email: melisa.zapisocky@prairieorganicgrain.org

 

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