PEIFA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 10th – Countryview Golf Course. 9:00a.m. shotgun start. Includes 9 Holes of golf, cart and bbq steak dinner – $60.00 per person.

Contact Jennifer at 902-368-7289 or to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.


Local, Regional, Canadian News


Macphail Woods restoration project gets federal, provincial funding

A  forest restoration project in Orwell, P.E.I., is receiving federal and provincial funding for infrastructure and equipment upgrades and to expand education programs. MORE


Farmers Helping Farmers present annual awards

From a decade-long annual culinary fundraising event held in Souris, to the commitment of Island Lime, this year’s Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) awards highlighted the contributions to the work of the P.E.I.-based organization that works with partners in Kenya. MORE


Women Officially Leading the Way in Canadian Agriculture

The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame represents the leading lights of the country’s farming industry. What’s so special about this year’s inductees? As Angela Lovell reports, it just so happens they’re all women…MORE


Joint Statement of Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Canada) & Secretary Calzada (Mexico) Regarding Bilateral Agriculture Meetings in Calgary, Alberta 

Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, José Calzada, issued the following statement at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting which took place in Calgary, Alberta on July 13, 2017.  MORE



AGDealer, Glacier FarmMedia’s online home for an inventory of over 30,000 pieces of Canadian farm equipment for sale, is about to both show and tell farmers more about new machinery and tech entering the market. MORE


German GMO ban worries Canadian farmers
Germany has banned genetically modified crops from milk and dairy products, raising fears that Canadian exports of soybeans and soybean meal could be curbed. MORE


Organics detected with pesticides
Two-thirds of the food labeled organic carries some detectable level of pesticide residues, according to information collected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. MORE


Environmental Farm Plan Renewals

The Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan Program sent out renewal letters in early 2017 to notify producers that their environmental farms plans would be expiring at the end of the year. If you are a producer who has not yet contacted the office to have your plan updated please call Matt or JoAnn at 902-368-7289.

EFP’s are valid for 5 years and we encourage all farmers to participate in the program. Participation in the program also allows you to apply for funding through the Growing Forward 2 Agriculture Stewardship Program, Farmland Finance Program and the Future Farmer Program. For your convenience the EFP can be completed at your farm or at the PEI Federation of Agricultural office and takes approximately 1.5 hrs to complete. EFP’s are no cost to the producer.

If you feel your EFP may be expired and you have not yet been contacted please call the office and we will check the status of your last plan. Further information on the Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan Program can be found on the PEI Federation of Agriculture webpage


Client Satisfaction Survey: Business Risk Management Programs

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with provincial partners, has launched an online survey seeking producers’ input on the level of satisfaction with our Business Risk Management (BRM) programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, and Advance Payments Program). The survey is intended to be completed by producers who have applied to these programs in recent years and focuses on their experience with them.

Results from this survey will help us understand client expectations and improve BRM program delivery services.

The anonymous survey will be available until July 31, 2017 and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

To complete the BRM Client Satisfaction Survey, please click here.

Thanks in advance for helping us better serve Canadian producers.




Tests confirm 200 dead cows drank toxic water on Saskatchewan pastureland

Tests have concluded that about 200 cattle found dead in a pasture in southwestern Saskatchewan drank toxic water. MORE


Beef, profit-taking weaken CME live cattle

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts on Thursday eased from Wednesday’s three-cent per pound limit-up settlement, pressured by profit-taking and seasonally struggling wholesale beef values, said traders. MORE


Strong Action Needed to Tackle Competition Issues in Beef Sector, IFA to CCPC

IFA Livestock Chairman Angus Woods led an IFA delegation with senior officials in the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in Dublin this week. MORE


Heat stress: It’s not just for market hogs

Losses due to heat stress are commonly associated with market hogs, particularly during transportation in the hot, humid summer months, but recent research shows that weaners and feeder pigs are adversely affected as well. MORE


Employee training improves piglet-survival rates

In an unusual research study, an employee-training program — Day One Pig Care via the Pork Avenue Training Portal (PATP) — focused on online training followed by tracked, in-barn verification experiences, helped a start-up farm achieve top piglet-survival rates, according to Sarah Probst Miller, DVM, AgCreate Solutions, Inc.1 MORE


Pig Price Increase Spurred by Southern Plants

Chairman of the IFA Pigs Committee Tom Hogan said there was no official change in pig prices from the main export plants for this week, but the 4c/kg increase given by the two main southern plants the previous week, has spurred on all other buyers to increase their prices. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 13 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Thursday, July 13 HERE




Boise State Researchers Awarded IGEM Grant to Combat Potato Rot

Boise State University researchers Harish Subbaraman, David Estrada and Yantian Hou are working on a wireless sensor network that would be able to detect temperature, humidity levels, carbon dioxide and ammonia levels in real time, to help with early detection of rot in stored potatoes. MORE


Idaho Potato Commission Honors Innovation in Teaching

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) recognized new methods and breakthroughs in professional foodservice training programs with the 2017 Idaho Potato Commission Leadership Innovation Awards for Excellence in Foodservice Education at the 13th annual Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) Leadership Conference. MORE


Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA

Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA as the Global Foodservice Marketing Manager, where he will develop and manage the domestic and international marketing programs to increase the demand for U.S. potatoes and potato products with in the fast-growing USD845bn foodservice sector. MORE


66th International Fall-Potato-Exchange – Save the Date

The Deutsche Kartoffelhandelsverband e.V. invites you to their 66th International Fall-Potato-Exchange on September 27, 2017! As in previous years, the meeting point for the sector is Deck 10 at the Maritime Museum Hamburg. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola down, but beans up

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were weaker on Monday, as bearish chart signals weighed on values. MORE


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


Grain commission lowers fees
As promised, the Canadian Grain Commission is lowering fees effective Aug. 1. The reductions amount to about $15 million a year. MORE


Centre backs Ontario canola growers’ push for profitability

A Canola Learning Centre has been created to try to solve some of the challenges Ontario farmers have growing consistent, profitable canola. MORE


December corn looks pricey above $4 mark

A larger than expected carryout of U.S. corn supplies has cast a bearish tint over the market. MORE


Polycropping soybeans and winter cereals

Ryan Boyd is hoping winter cereals and soybeans will be a match made in polycrops heaven. MORE


Fusarium head blight risk maps

Fusarium head blight risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. MORE


Canola trades on weather

It’s the time of year when canola prices closely follow the weather, and while recent rain has caused some losses, the market could hold onto its premium. MORE


Wheat, corn, soy tumble on better weather, technicals

U.S. grain and soy futures plummeted on Thursday, with wheat easing as much as five per cent in a technical selloff amid outlooks for slightly cooler temperatures and chances for rain next week in Midwestern growing regions, traders and analysts said. MORE


Tennessee restricts dicamba use as problems spread

Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto, to become the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the herbicide causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it. MORE


Competition for German lettuce came from Belgium

The only competition for German lettuce was lettuce from Belgium, which accounted for about a quarter of the supply. Sales generally ran smoothly. The valuations were often fixed on a stable level. MORE


AM markets: grains revive, amid ideas US crop woes not over  HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Encouraging Investments in Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture

The More and Better Network recently published a report, Investments in Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture, shedding light on the lack of financial investment plans available to small-scale food producers across the globe. MORE


Australia cautiously enters medical marijuana market

At a secret location in Australia’s southeast, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting. MORE


New FAO Guidelines: Agriculture Central to Climate Change Adaptation

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently unveiled a new set of guidelines to support developing countries balance the needs of increased food production and climate change adaptation. MORE


JBS gets nod from Brazil court to divest assets

JBS SA has received permission from a Brazilian appeals court to sell assets as the world’s largest meatpacker copes with fallout from a corruption scandal involving the family that controls it. MORE


Regular Updates


FCC Express July 14 HERE

CFA in Action July 12 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 7 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 12 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, July 13 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation

From field to road…do you have employees that drive your trucks, but don’t have their licenses?

We are looking for experienced drivers that would like to obtain their Airbrakes and Class 3A license.

The PEI Agriculture Sector Council will be facilitating these two courses through JVI and Access.

This project will be processed through the Canada Job Grant and Skills PEI.

Draft Schedule:

Day 1- Airbrake theory

Day 2- Review of Airbrakes and Airbrake test (written on site), Preform a pre-use inspection

Day 3- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Day 4- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Requirements- must have valid truck driving experience, but not licensed & Medical completed and returned

Lunch will be provided

For more details on registration requirements, contact Laurie at 892-1091.

Registration is now open, limited seating available. To sign up, contact the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 892-1091 or e-mail


Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has been approved for a 2 year period.  Applications will be accepted starting April 26, 2017.

The program is designed to hire youth aged 15 to 30 for internships of up to 12 months.  It will be of interest to producers and organizations working in the agriculture industry and interested in implementing agriculture projects that are environmentally beneficial.

Producers operating a farm or ranch can hire a young person to implement an environmentally beneficial project in their operation.

Agricultural organizations, such as watershed groups and companies providing environmentally beneficial services can access the program to support an environmentally beneficial project their organization is implementing. Research organizations can receive funding to support their agricultural research that benefits the environment.

For an application form and more details on the program, please visit: Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative


Obsolete pesticide & animal health medication collections – November 6 – 17, 2017

Prince Edward Island from November 6 – 17, 2017.

Collection site locations and dates are available HERE.