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Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada Announces Canada’s First Organic Science Conference

Truro, Nova Scotia – October 6, 2011

For the first time in Canadian history, Canadian researchers and practitioners will come together to share research results at a scientific conference dedicated to organic agriculture.  The Canadian Organic Science Conference (COSC) will be held February 21 – 23, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at the University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Andy Hammermeister, the Director of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) and co-chair of the conference, comments, “The Canadian Organic Science Conference is a key part of the deliverables of the Organic Science Cluster, a unique cross-Canada, multi-discipline cluster of researchers working in organic agriculture.  It is an opportunity for researchers to learn from, and communicate with, other organic scientists working in other fields of study.”

The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of organic research in Canada and beyond. At the Canadian Organic Science Conference, leading scientists will present current advances in the field of organic agricultural practices.  Information will be of interest to organic and non-organic stakeholders, with research presented in a diverse range of fields including: soil fertility, quality and health; horticultural and specialty crops; cereal-based cropping systems; livestock productivity, health and welfare; greenhouse production and season extension; food, sustainability and organic systems; social science and organic agriculture; and extension of organic research.  

Co-chair Dr. Martin Entz of the University of Manitoba states, “The COSC is a tremendous opportunity for university and government researchers, students and practitioners to strengthen collaboration in organic agriculture.  This national conference is an indicator of the importance of the growing billion dollar organic industry in Canada.”

Speakers will include International and North American experts such as: Urs Niggli, Kathleen  Delate, Ralph C. Martin and Eric Gallandt.

Students attending Canadian universities are invited to apply for a travel award to the conference. 

The developing conference program and registration information can be found at: www.oacc.info/cosc

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About the Organic Science Cluster
Canada’s Organic Science Cluster (OSC) is a collaborative effort led jointly by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC).  The Organic Science Cluster is part of the Canadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Growing Forward Policy Framework and is supported by contributions from industry partners.  The goals of the Organic Science Cluster are to facilitate a national strategic approach to organic science in Canada, link scientists across the country and disseminate the knowledge generated to organic stakeholders.  The Organic Science Cluster has identified 10 sub-projects including 30 research activities that are conducted by over 50 researchers plus 30 collaborators in approximately 45 research institutions.  Activities of the Organic Science Cluster include work in fruit horticulture, agronomy, cereal crop breeding, soil fertility management, vegetable production, greenhouse production, dairy production systems, parasite control in ruminants, environmental sustainability and food processing.  This research is occurring during a time when there is renewed emphasis on innovation, efficiency (energy, labour, economics), and capturing value-added markets.  Most of the research directed towards organic agriculture can also be applied to conventional production systems, drawing interest to this cluster from producers across Canada.  For more information, see www.oacc.info/osc/osc_welcome.asp.

OACC
The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) was founded in 2001, and as the only institution of its kind in Canada, plays a leading role in organic research and education.  It is guided by a mission to facilitate research and education for organic producers and consumers to build sustainable communities.  The team at OACC has a high degree of enthusiasm for its mission and a strong commitment to academic rigour.  With its associated colleagues in each province OACC links organic knowledge across Canada. For more information, see www.oacc.info.

OFC
The Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) is a national body with a mandate to represent the organic industry while working with provincial, territorial and federal governments as partners on national organic regulatory and standards issues. The OFC is involved in the Organic Science Cluster project as it is promoting productive and sustainable organic practices complying with the Canadian Organic Standards. www.organicfederation.ca.

University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba is western Canada’s first university.  Founded more than 130 years ago, and located in the heart of the country, it is the region’s largest and only research intensive university offering over 90 degrees, diplomas and certificates – more than 60 at the undergraduate level including professional disciplines such as medicine, law and engineering and agriculture.


Its energetic university community is comprised of over 26,000 students, 8,000 faculty and staff, and 180,000 alumni.  Nearly 8 percent of our current students are international, representing close to 100 countries.


The University of Manitoba stimulates over $1.8 billion in economic activity in the province, and is a leader in Manitoba’s knowledge economy with groundbreaking research in areas such as nanotechnology, functional foods and nutraceuticals, HIV/AIDS and climate change.

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Contact: 
Margaret Savard
Tel:  902.896.3481
Email:  msavard@nsac.ca
www.oacc.info



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