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Discovering the Science Behind Organic:
Solutions for all of Agriculture

Results of the Strategic Planning Session held at the conference are now available.

The Conference Proceedings are Now Available!

Video Recordings of All Conference Presentations are Now Available!

Power Point Slides of Conference Presentations are Now Available!

The Science of Organic Farming in Canada, a series of four 20 minute films shot at the Canadian Organic Science Conference (COSC), are now available online. The films feature short reports and interviews with Canadian organic scientists and producers who share their experiences, their vision, and mostly, their great dedication to the development of sound organic production systems in Canada.

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Canadian Organic Science Conference and Organic Science Cluster Strategic Meetings. The conference and meetings will be held on February 21-23, 2012 in snow-sparkled Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The goal of the meeting is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of organic research in Canada and beyond. At the Canadian Organic Science Conference and Science Cluster Strategic Meetings, leading scientists will present current advances in the field of organic agricultural practices.  Information will be of interest to organic and non-organic stakeholders.

Winnipeg sparkles under a blanket of winter snow. Photo credit: Ken Gillespie

Message from the Conference Chairs

Welcome to the Canadian Organic Science Conference and Organic Science Cluster Strategic Meetings, the premier exposition of organic research in Canada! Never before have so many Canadian scientists focussed on organic agriculture gathered in one place. Aside from the main conference, the program also features invited speakers from the U.S. and Europe, and will conclude with a full-day strategic planning session for the future of organic research in Canada. This three-day event will serve as an important hub that will connect participants to innovation in organic agriculture.

This event is part of the Canadian Organic Science Cluster, a national initiative in strategic research in organic agriculture. Within this Cluster, scientists across the country are working towards addressing the challenges and capturing the opportunities that currently face organic in Canada. The conference is financially supported by industry partners from across the country, who have helped to leverage funds from AAFC's Agri-Science Cluster Initiative. With the support of the Organic Federation of Canada, the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada and the University of Manitoba are very pleased to bring this event to you.

Located at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Winnipeg has been a gathering place for over 6,000 years.  Join us in snow-sparkled Winnipeg as we gather to share ideas and engage in the science of organic agriculture in Canada.

See you in February!


Dr. Andy Hammermeister Dr. Martin Entz

Dr. Andy Hammermeister
Director, OACC
Assistant Professor, Nova Scotia
Agricultural College

Dr. Martin H. Entz
Conference Co-chair
Professor of Agronomy and Cropping
Systems, University of Manitoba




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