1st Island-wide PEI Potato Social!

August 9 from 11-3pm at Monaghan Farms on Route 2 in Norboro.

The PEI Potato growers want to say thank you to our Island friends and neighbours for all the support we’ve received in the past year! Join the PEI Potato farm families in a FREE public BBQ with lots of potato treats! Visit our page on facebook to get more information HERE or REGISTER now!  We look forward to seeing you all there!


19th Annual Golf Tournament *** Please Register soon!!

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


Local, Regional, Canadian News


Alberta minister not ready to declare provincial state of agricultural emergency

Alberta’s agriculture minister says a prolonged drought could see grain production drop by 25 to 30 per cent this year but he isn’t ready to declare a province wide state of agricultural emergency. MORE


Yellow-banded bumble bee in trouble in Maritimes

Bumble bee listed as species of concern across Canada MORE




U.S. livestock: Bearish fundamentals sink CME hog futures

Cash prospects support CME live cattle MORE


CME: Slightly Positive Month for Pork Exports

June product weight export data indicates continuing but smaller struggles for beef and a second straight positive – barely so – month for pork, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US

The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was 10. There have been no premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV) nor dual infection (PEDV and PDCoV), in the 30 July 2015 weekly report. MORE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review – Canola Tracks Soybeans Lower

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market finished slightly lower in light-volume trade, following losses in US soybeans. MORE


GRAINS-Corn faces 4th week of losses as benign US weather helps crop

Chicago corn futures lost more ground on Friday with the market on track for a fourth week of decline as near-perfect U.S. weather boosts hopes for a bumper crop, which will add to rising global supplies. MORE


U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn dip on disappointing exports, better weather

Wheat bounces on better-than-expected export sales MORE


McCain Foods’ nurse crop project may help increase potato yields

Representatives from McCain Foods are excited about a new project under way in Aroostook County that has some farmers planting their usual acreage of potatoes right on top of a bed of winter rye, barley or oats. MORE


General Interest


U.S. dairy group reaches milk price-fixing accord

Dairy Farmers of America Inc. has agreed to pay US$50 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which farmers in the northeastern U.S. accused the marketing co-operative of conspiring to drive down milk prices. MORE


Russian ‘food crematoria’ spur outrage

Zealous officials throw imported bacon into furnace MORE


World food prices hit lowest level in almost six years, UN agency reports

Prices for global agricultural products in July hit their lowest level since September 2009, as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) confirmed today. MORE


Team turns food waste into usable food powder called FoPo

A team of graduate students from Sweden’s Lund University has created a way to curb food waste by turning it into a food powder with several innovative uses MORE


Farm At Hand farm app becomes an angel of an idea

As Kim Keller is proving, the test today is whether we can get innovative about how we handle our innovations MORE


Regular Updates


StatsCan – Farm product prices, June 2015 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, August 6 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Thursday, August 6 HERE

ICE Futures Canada Thursday: Canola futures prices lower, barley unchanged HERE

AM markets: soft wheat’s, unusual, premium hits new highHERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

More Futures Prices – HERE and HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Farmers Helping Farmers – Celebrating 35 Years – Annual Beef Barbeque

August 8th 4:00 – 6:30 – Harrington Research Station – 1200 Brackley Pt. Rd.

$30.00 Adult and $10.00 for children 12 yo and under. Tickets available at PEIFA office and Riverview Mrket.


Sprayer Drift Test and Droplet Test Demonstration

Aug 10 – 447 Blue Shank Rd, Wilmot Valley (look for sign across from John Hogg’s farm) – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

More information on the AIM command spray system to be demonstrated is available HERE


19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


PEI Organic Hemp Seed Field Day

August 17, Various locations

Hosted by the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative (COPC), will include presentations from the main buyer in eastern Canada (eastern Quebec),  a plant breeder from Ontario who is working on Island-adapted varieties, a successful Saskatchewan organic hemp farmer, and on collaborative trials at the AAFC Harrington Research Station. There will also be a visit to a 10 acre field trial in one of our members’ fields. Free to attend and all are welcome! See HERE for more details and to confirm your participation.


Workshop: The Use of Micro-Organisms in Organic Farming

August 18th, 6:30 pm at the Farm Centre (420 University Ave., Charlottetown), Room 107 MORE


Intergenerational Transfer of Woodlots Seminar

September 17th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Farm Center;420 University Avenue; Charlottetown

This seminar is FREE to all members of the PEI Woodlot Owners Association. Please contact John Rowe: rowe@pei.sympatico.ca  or phone – 902-940-1933 – to pre-register. MORE


First Aid and CPR courses

The PEIFA is offering First Aid and CPR courses through Island First Aid Services for $70+hst. The courses are 2 days in length and are good for 3 years. If you have several people needing training in your workplace courses can also be arranged at the farm for a minimum of 8 people. For further information on these courses or any other training opportunities please contact Charlotte at the PEIFA office 902-368-7289.

Dates for August:

8th and 9th – Stratford                       11th and 12th – Stratford

22nd and 23rd – Summerside            27th and 28th – Stratford

Dates for September:

12th and 13th – Stratford       14th and 15th – Stratford