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Changes to The Canadian Organic Standards – An Essential Update

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certificationf10The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) will be hosting a second round of webinars in February to bring people up to speed on the changes to the Canadian Organic Standards:

“The revised Canadian Organic Standards were released Wednesday, November 25, 2015. To prepare Canadians for the changes, COG is offering a series of webinars on the changes called Changes to The Canadian Organic Standards – An Essential Update. These webinars were [originally] presented in the fall and highlighted important changes in the standards and allowed producers, certifiers and verification officers, among others, to ask questions and fully understand the revisions before they come into effect later this month.

The next round of webinars will be presented in February:

  • Crop Production: Tuesday, February 2, 7 PM Eastern Register here;
  • Livestock Production: Thursday, February 4, 7 PM Eastern Register here;
  • Preparation including Processing: Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM Eastern Register here

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Revision of the Canadian Organic Standards

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certificationf10The revised Canadian Organic Standards are now available as a free download on the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) website.  Standards revision took place from 2013-2015 and included updates to:

NSC CAN/CGSB 32.310, Organic Production Systems – General principles and management standards;  and, NSC CAN/CGSB 32.311, Organic Production Systems – Permitted substances lists.

The updated Canadian Organic Standards are available at the following links on the Public Works and Government Services Canada website:

The update of the Canadian Organic Standards was made possible by the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and through sponsorship from over 35 different industry organizations.

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Understanding Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards – COG Webinar Series

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The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) will be hosting a series of webinars beginning on the 16th of October, 2015 entitled “Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards – an Essential Update”.

“The Canadian Organic Standards have been revised and updated and the new standards are being launched November 9, 2015. To ensure operators, producers, processors, certifying bodies, and verification officers are up to date on the revisions, COG is pleased to offer informative webinars – Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards – an Essential Update.

The webinars are recommended for operators whose products are currently certified to the Canadian Organic Standard, independent organic inspectors, and the personnel of certification bodies and conformity verification bodies who require a knowledge of the Canadian Organic Standard to carry out their work. The cost of each webinar is $25 (tax included).”

Webinar dates and times:

  • Friday, October 16 5:00PM EST –

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Got cabbage maggots? Invitation to brassica growers to collaborate in research

Article originally from HortMatters, Vol. 15, Issue No. 15, 15 July 2015

Did you know that a new research project on Cabbage Maggot in vegetable brassicas has just begun? The project pulls together a team to learn about the flies, Delia flies, which cause the pest known as Cabbage Maggot.Cabbage Maggot_larva 2 Continue reading Got cabbage maggots? Invitation to brassica growers to collaborate in research

Basil Downy Mildew Reported in Ontario

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Basil downy mildew has been reported from a basil field in southwestern Ontario. Initial infection probably occurred within the last 2 weeks. Over the past five years, the average first report has been around August 1. Conventional basil growers should be applying preventative fungicides on a regular basis. Torrent, Revus and Confine Extra are registered for control of basil downy mildew. These should be applied in a rotation to prevent the development of resistance. Consult to product label for detailed application instructions. Products registered for herbs are listed in the Vegetable Crop Protection Guide – OMAFRA Publication 838.

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Looking for garlic growers who would like their soil of their 2015 garlic fields tested for Stem and Bulb Nematode

If you are a garlic grower and you have seen stem and bulb nematode damage in your garlic crop this year, the OMAFRA/University of Guelph Garlic Nematode Research and Extension Team would like to find out how many nematodes are left in the soil after you harvest. Continue reading Looking for garlic growers who would like their soil of their 2015 garlic fields tested for Stem and Bulb Nematode

Increased Risk of Downy Mildew on Onions

Marion Paibomesai, Vegetable Crops Specialist, OMAFRA
Michael Celetti, Plant Pathology Lead – Horticulture, OMAFRA

In Ontario, this disease is common in July and August and if left uncontrolled, quality and quantity of yield may be reduced. When cool, humid conditions are present particularly when the canopy of the crop is advanced, the risk of downy mildew increases. Foliar symptoms first appear as pale light green patches on infected leaves (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Foliar symptoms first appear as light green patches on the leaves.
Figure 1. Foliar symptoms first appear as light green patches on the leaves.

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