André Comeau • Anne Le Mat • Anne Weill • Daniel Lampron • Denis La France • Dick Godwin • Geoffroy Ménard • Isabelle Joncas • Jean Duval • Jofroi Desperrier • Joseph Templier • Joséphine Peigné • Larissa Takser • Luc Gaudreau • Marcel Groleau • Maryse Leblanc • Mirella Aoun • Noémie Gagnon Lupien • Robin Fortin • Sebastien Anger • Serge Préfontaine • Steven Lalonde • Valérie Roy-Fortin
Dr. Comeau had a long and fruitful career (at Agriculture Canada, Ste-Foy), involved in the development of new cereal varieties by conventional plant breeding processes. He contributed to the creation of the popular otat cultivar AC Rigodon, which is used in food and feed, and then moved gradually into wheat breeding. Several popular wheat cultivars contain resistance genes he hasd identified. In February 2015, a new wheat cultivar derived from his former research program has again been recommended for registration for Quebec. This bread wheat has resistance to Fusarium Head Blight. Since 2013 Dr. Comeau works with CETAB+ on projects that are important for organic crop production.
He will discuss the importance of plant breeding for the development of organic farming, and show preliminary results of the first project with CETAB+ : the development of a very early variety of rye, which would be suitable for use as a mulch in organic crop management.
Anne Le Mat specializes in comparative agriculture and agricultural development (AgroParisTech 1994). In an international career, she has developed teams, methods, and management tools in a variety of professional environments. She holds an MBA from Université de Sherbrooke (2011) and has been a member of l’Ordre des Agronomes du Québec since 2011.
Anne will present an economic assessment of various greenhouse and tunnel structures, comparing their viability for organic market-garden production.
An agronomist with over 25 years’ experience in organic agriculture, Anne has worked with many organic producers of field and market-garden crops. She has published a guide to the evaluation of agricultural soils and has written, in collaboration with Jean Duval, a guide to general management of organic market-garden and diversified farming. The current holder of the NSERC Research Chair in Protection of Organic Crops, she leads a number of research projects on soil health, suppressing perennial weeds in field crops, and market-garden production in large tunnels. Her lectures will focus on subsoiling, suppressing thistle and sow thistle, and the economic aspects of large-tunnel production.
Détenteur d’un Bac en Administration des Affaires des HEC de Montréal, Daniel travaille depuis 30 ans en commerce de détail, de moyennes et grande surfaces, au niveau opérationnel, marketing et mise en marché. Depuis 2001, il développe le créneau des produits naturels et biologiques, chez Sobeys Québec, d’abord pour la bannière IGA, et depuis 2005, pour la bannière Rachelle-Béry. Il est impliqué dans différents maillons du développement biologique au Québec, comme membre du comité des détaillants au CHFA (Canadian Health Food Association) et comme Président de la Table Filière Biologique du Québec.
Il présentera sa vision du marché actuel, au niveau des consommateurs et des détaillants. Il présentera également les objectifs de la Table Filière, notamment en ce qui concerne la valorisation du BIO Québec.
A passionate spokesman for organic farming, Daniel is the president of the Club agroenvironnemental et bio du CDA and co-owner, with his two brothers, of the Lampron and Sons farm with 140 dairy cows, 40 steers and 325 hectares under crops. He has the experience of 26 growing seasons since their first tests carried out in collaboration with the Centre de Développement d’Agrobiologie de St-Élisabeth de Warwick.
Through all these years, there have been training courses, visits, and exchanges of information with other organic producers. Now, if we look at the challenges that have been met and the progress that has been made since the early days, do we not have reasons for pride? Can we be proud of the path we have taken? Regardless of when or why we chose to go organic, are we proud?
Denis La France is one of the pioneers of organic agriculture in Québec. For the past 25 years, he has taught at Cégep de Victoriaville, and is the author of a reference work, La Culture biologique des légumes. In 2010 he was involved in the creation of CETAB+ with Serge Préfontaine, the current coordinator. A polyglot and a globetrotter, he has been involved in organic agriculture in many countries, particularly in China, where he will travel with a group of farmers in March 2015.
Denis will speak about a number of projects: development by plant selection of an early rye for rolling in direct sowing, carried out with André Comeau; adaptation of a system of permanent plant beds in market-garden production, in collaboration with Maryse Leblanc of IRDA and many other colleagues; fall blacking-out with opaque plastic mulch on oat-pea green manure relay overcropped for next-year planting without soil preparation, in collaboration with Sam Chauvette.
Richard Godwin is a globally recognized researcher and a reference in soil science. Dick’s work has resulted in an improved understanding of soil - machine systems; the development of improved soil engaging tools and methods, soil and water management, waste management and the application of precision farming techniques to practical agriculture.
Currently he is mentoring the work at Harper Adams University (UK) on controlled traffic and low ground pressure farming, which is demonstrating significant improvements in crop yield. In addition to his teaching and research roles, he has spent considerable time transferring the principles to designers, advisors and farmers. A graduate of the National College of Agricultural Engineering and the University of Illinois he undertook post-doctoral work at Macdonald College.
Since his arrival at CETAB+ in 2011, Geoffroy has been developing his expertise on the marketing of organic produce and has directed projects on organic agriculture technology watch (Biobase, Biopresse) and networking of organic enterprises (Réseau Bio). He has made use of his information-technology skills to set up several management and internal communications tools and trained employees in their use. He is currently tackling problems of management for diversified market-garden production, particularly the challenges of calculating production costs.
Geoffroy Ménard’s profile on the CETAB+ site
Hélène Fortier, Agente de promotion des partenariats de recherche pour le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et génie du Canada (CRSNG), présente les programmes de partenariats de recherche qui peuvent encourager l’innovation dans votre entreprise. Le CRSNG favorise la compétitivité de quelque 3 000 entreprises canadiennes en contribuant au financement de projets de R et D coopérative menés par des scientifiques et des ingénieurs œuvrant dans des universités et des collèges de toutes les régions du pays.
Qu’il s’agisse d’une collaboration avec un chercheur universitaire ou collégial, ou encore embaucher un stagiaire de recherche de baccalauréat ou gradué, le CRSNG offre une panoplie d’outils qui peuvent vous aider à développer votre innovation à court, moyen et long terme.
Chargée de projet à Équiterre au réseau des fermiers de famille et porte-parole sur l'agriculture soutenue par la communauté et alimentation depuis 2001, Isabelle Joncas est engagée dans le milieu agricole depuis une quinzaine d’années. Elle a œuvré au sein d’un club conseil en agro-environnement avant de travailler à la mise en marché de produits biologique chez un grossiste en fruits et légumes biologiques de Montréal.
Native du Bas-Saint-Laurent et formée en agronomie, elle sait apprécier la beauté des espaces et leur intégrité. Elle voue un grand respect aux artisans qui nous nourrissent, qui savent le faire sainement, à la fois pour la terre et les générations futures qu’elle devra nourrir, à la fois pour leur santé et pour la nôtre. Elle élaborera sur ce qui est à la portée de chacun de nous pour contribuer à bâtir un système alimentaire durable, d'un point de vue à la fois pragmatique, à la fois inspiré.
Jean Duval has been working towards the development of organic agriculture in Quebec for over 20 years. During this period, he was involved in several aspects of organic : teaching, advisory work, inspection, standard development, production, and now, research. As a specialist of soils and organic crops, he has been conducting various research projects at CETAB+ since 2011 and, is also involved with the NSERC Organic Crop Protection Research Chair.
He will give two presentations on quackgrass control during the colloquium, one covering four years of results from various experiments and, another offering a historical perspective on the control methods for this perennial weed.
Jofroi’s beginnings in agriculture go back to his days as a farm labourer in Australia. Further to this experience, he studied technical agriculture, specializing in organic production, at Cégep de Victoriaville, followed by a B.Sc. in plant production at McGill University. He worked for two years at Club Bio-Action, and since spring 2012 has been working at Agri-Fusion 2000 farm, where he manages 700 to 800 ha of field crops.
He will share with us his experience in the large-scale use of green manure during the panel discussion on green manure – field crops.
Joseph Templier is a do-it-yourself builder who has invented three tools for use with permanent beds in organic market-garden production. He is also a master market farmer, an associate of GAEC des Jardins du temple in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, where for a number of years he cultivated 8 ha of market gardens using a permanent bed growing system that enabled him to obtain outstanding soil conditions. He is also the co-author of the book Guide de l'autoconstruction: outils pour le maraîchage biologique, published in 2012.
Drawing on his years of experience of do-it-yourself building, training, and the development of small-farmer organizations both with Adabio Autoconstruction and l'Atelier Paysan, Mr. Templier will talk about participatory and small-farmer research and development, in addition to giving us his impressions of market-garden production following a tour of Québec carried out with CETAB+ last fall.
Joséphine Peigné, who holds a doctorate in agronomy from AgroCampusOuest (France), has been working in organic agriculture for over 15 years. Her initial research focused on the environmental impacts of organic farming. Since joining ISARA-Lyon, she has been working on organic tilth techniques, particularly no-till techniques, and soil fertility. One of her specific research issues is the influence of living organisms on the function of soil and how they help crops. Through this work, she has also contributed to developing methods of soil observation (soil profile, spade test) with farmers from AB Français.
Joséphine will share her knowledge, the fruit of 10 years of research on reduced tillage, direct sowing and green manure in organic field crops as part of the major European TILMAN-ORG project.
Prof. Gaudreau holds the Canada Research Chair on mechanisms of gene transcription at Université de Sherbrooke, under which he studies the mechanisms that orchestrate the communication and transmission of genetic information within cells.
Prof. Gaudreau and his team have tested a score of common agricultural pesticides of which appreciable levels are found on fruits and vegetables and in sources of drinking water in Québec. They have identified a mechanism that explains how certain pesticides contribute to the development of disease, a discovery that will make it possible to develop a tool to assess these pesticides’ medium- and long-term effects.
Mr. Groleau is co-owner, with his brother Denis, of the D.M. Groleau farm in Thetford Mines, and has been president of the Union des Producteurs Agricoles since 2011. Their farm has 250 ha of land and 225 head of thoroughbred Holstein cattle. He has been active in agricultural unionism for over 20 years, and is a past president of the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec where, among other achievements, he greatly promoted the development of organic dairy products.
Marcel Groleau is a force for unity, and wants Québec farmers, both conventional and organic, to work together to develop sustainable agriculture and meet the needs of the organic market. He will act as conference co-president with the organic farmer Daniel Lampron.
Maryse has a doctorate and a masters in weed science from McGill University. Her areas of research are physical and cultural methods of weed eradication (flame weeding, mechanical weeding, allelopathic crops, bio-fumigation) and weed biology and ecology. She is the co-author of many scientific and technical articles, book chapters, and scientific posters, and has lectured on provincial, national and international stages.
Ms. Leblanc will present the results of her research into common ragweed and its eradication in organic soil and growing. This weed is highly adaptable to various situations, making it very competitive. Her lecture will focus on the study of its biology and methods of combating it in Québec, such as mechanical weeding, flame weeding, hilling, primary tillage, and the gathering of beating residues.
Project manager - fruit trees at CETAB+
Noémie is conducting research projects on apple growing. She has completed projects on biodiversity and plant protection in the CETAB+ organic orchard.
Robin began organic market gardening in 1997 with his partner Réjean Forget. La Berceuse has expanded considerably to the point where 30 vegetables and fruits (with 225 different varieties) are grown on its 5 ha. A successful entrepreneur, Robin markets his produce using the CSA formula, and at the Godefroi public markets in Bécancour, the Drummondville market and Jean-Talon market, with the CAPÉ Bio-Locaux.
Robin will share his vision of agricultural entrepreneurship, the importance of supportive collaborators in attaining business prosperity, and the usefulness of adopting a strategic view of development.
The director of CETAB+, Serge has over 25 years’ experience as an advisor in agricultural business management. After many years of teaching at Cégep de Victoriaville, in 2010 he founded CETAB+ with Denis La France and Vincent Guay, general manager of Cégep de Victoriaville.
Steven Lalonde purchased his family's home farm and poultry operation in 1984. He and his wife, Loraine, decided to begin the transition to organic production in 1997, with their first fields being certified in 2000. Today, Tullochgorum Farm has 220 acres under certification, growing grain corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and two varieties of popcorn.
Although Steven had experimented with green manure crops in the past, the move to organic production made their use essential to the farm's cropping plan. Years of trial and error have led to a good working knowledge of different green manure varieties and planting techniques.
Valérie began her young career working in the field, listening to the needs of farmers. Her main focus is the development of agri-environment improvement techniques, and she is conducting research projects on green manure in field crops and market-garden production. She is also involved in soil conservation and plant protection projects.
Valérie’s lectures will address the topic of green manure, particularly the results of projects focusing on legumes as a source of nitrogen. Her presentation on field crops will report on tests on clover intercropping in cereals – an inevitable precedent for corn crops.