Promoting Canadian Oats

The Prairie Oat Growers Association is pleased with the recent announcement that Canadian Pacific will purchase Kansas City Southern.

Garry Johnson, POGA director profiled in Grainnews:

There are a number of reasons why farmers might want to try their hand at organic farming. Reports of premiums based on the demand for organic foods might be one. Cutting expensive chemical inputs out of your budget can also be a major incentive.

However, if you’re only looking at organic farming through a financial lens, you may have to look a bit deeper, says Swift Current, Sask., organic producer Garry Johnson. Organic farming requires a higher-than-average knowledge of the soil and plant ecosystems, he says, and you’ll also have to accept that your yields will likely lag behind those of conventional farmers. But if you do it right, it can be immensely rewarding.

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We are writing on behalf of the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) members regarding the recent decision by Richardson Pioneer that they will be concentrating on sourcing Canadian oats that have not been treated with pesticides applied as a pre-harvest aid. They have indicated that this decision is due to perceived customer concern and that to meet these requirements, Richardson has chosen to source oats that are not treated with a pre-harvest desiccant for its milling operation.

Retail sales of oat milk is soaring in the U.S., surpassing almond milk as the fastest-growing non-dairy alternative to milk.

The Canadian oat industry has a new oat breeder.