Canada provides $8 M for organic agriculture research

August 14, 2014

The federal government has announced an investment of $8 M for organic agriculture research led by the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC). The funding will establish an organic science cluster of representatives from academia, government, and industry who will focus on researching and developing expanded organic crop production and responding to market demand. The cluster will be managed by OFC with assistance from the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University. The funding is provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Growing Forward initiative. The funds will be used to coordinate a national organic research strategy as well as funding individual research projects at Dal and elsewhere. "The Canadian organic sector continues to grow at an impressive rate. Investments like this in research and development span the entire value chain, from production through to the consumer, and support the competitiveness, growth and prosperity of the organic sector and our overall economy,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. Canada News Release | Dal News