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COABC Member Survey


COABC members! Have you taken the COABC Organic Operator Survey? We've extended the deadline to May 31st (that's today!) and all participants will be entered to win a gift package.

Please take a few minutes to complete. Your valuable insights will help us better support operators and grow the organic sector in the province. Check your email for the link!

How Does Organic Field Crop Production Contribute to Climate Change in Canada?


Your farm can help answer this question! Dr. Peter Tyedmers, the lead researcher of a research activity that is part of the Organic Science Cluster 3 Project, invites all Canadian organic field crop farmers to join his research activity and report on their operations and the types of inputs and practices being used.

The team will collect information such as crop rotations, average yearly fertilizer inputs, and energy inputs that have been used on farms. They do not need to know inputs down to the gram! The research team will work with any information you can provide; the more farmers that join in this research activity, the better.
 
Take the survey

Latest Funding Opportunities


BC Agri-Business Planning Program
This program supports producers and food processors through three business planning streams:
  •  Business plan coaching
  •  COVID-19 business recovery planning
  •  Specialized business planning
Applications are being accepted for all streams. Learn more.

Agricultural Climate Solutions
Grant applications for #AgClimateSolutions are open! This is a $185 million, 10-year program that will help to develop and implement farming practices to tackle climate change. Learn how to apply here.

Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP)
Applications are now being accepted for the YESP, which was recently enhanced to fund up to 700 new positions in the agriculture industry. The YESP will provide agriculture employers up to 50 per cent of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth. Eligible applicants include producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments. Funding won't last long, so apply now!

Beneficial Management Practices Program
BC producers who develop and complete a current (within 5 years) Environmental Farm Plan may be eligible to apply for cost-shared incentives through the Beneficial Management Practices Program. Learn more.

BC Lean for Food Processors Program
This program supports specialized business skill development to enable processors to make more informed decisions, optimize operating procedures, improve production capacity and labour productivity, and strengthen their business. Learn more.

Perches for Chicks and Pullets - A Clarification


The implementation of a revised standard always raises questions. For example, clause 6.13.5 of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS) defines the criteria for perches for poultry. The OFC gave a great clarification of this clause in a recent issue of their Info-Bio newsletter.
 
Read the newsletter
Important changes to AgriStability: The Federal‐Provincial‐Territorial governments have agreed to eliminate the reference margin limit and to extend the 2021 AgriStability enrolment deadline for new participants. More details.

New resource: The Organic Council of Ontario, in collaboration with Canadian Organic Growers, has launched new cost of production management tools for organic dairy, field crops, salad greens and pastured poultry. Learn more.

Did you know that Canadian Organic Growers offers free memberships to certified organic or transitioning farmers? Learn more.

Booking for FarmFolk CityFolk's 2021 Mobile Seed Cleaner Tour is now open! Sign up here.

New research shows that when compared to conventionally processed meats, certified organic meats are 56% less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria. Read the article.

FarmFolk CityFolk just launched a new map of CSA programs across BC. This interactive map features farmers who offer a variety of farm fresh products through a CSA subscription program! Farmers, get yourself on the map by filling out the form on their website. Eaters, check out a CSA program near you and support local farmers! Check it out.
 
Seedy Saturdays/Sundays

When: Ongoing

Where: Province-wide

Seedy events around the province. More details.

'In the Know' Mental Health Course

When: Throughout June
Where: Online

AgSafe has launched a new, half-day mental health awareness course. This course is free of cost to industry participants and has been developed specifically for farmers and evaluated by researchers at the University of Guelph. More details.

Young Agrarians Business Bootcamp

When: Fall 2021
Where: Online

This online, community-based program will give you the space and skills to write a stellar business plan for the farm of your dreams. Sign up for the Young Agrarians newsletter to be the first to find out about it! More details.

Organic Week

When: Sept. 13 - 19, 2021
Where: TBA

The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. More details.


BCCO Logo


COR operators are fortunate to be able to use the Canada Organic label AND the BC Checkmark side by side.

The logo of the BC Certified Organic program is a key tool to identify certified organic products in BC. It is important that the symbol is used correctly; here is a quick reminder, especially for websites and the exclusion zone (white space).

The Program Symbol is enclosed by a black border. The border ensures that the appropriate white space or exclusion zone is provided around the composite mark. The Program Symbol must be enclosed by the border if the Symbol is applied against colored or complex backgrounds. However, if the background is white or off-white, it may be desirable to omit the border while ensuring the appropriate exclusion zone.

Complaints Submissions


For information on complaints regarding the COABC, a Certification Body, or an operator certified under an accredited certification body, click here.

If you've discovered a person or company who is falsely marketing their products as organic in British Columbia, click here for information.

Planning a Move?


If you change your address or contact information, send it to your CB office as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on receiving the BC Organic Grower and other materials.
 

Organic Price List


View the Organic Price List, updated weekly, here.
Thanks to Pilgrim's Produce, a small-scale organic farm near Armstrong, for this month's feature photo. Check out their website and connect with them on Instagram and Facebook.

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