What Premier Wade MacLauchlan ate for dinner, and why we care

John Rowe, chair of the new Food Island Partnership speaks Thursday as master of ceremonies announcing federal and provincial funding for the project. The partnership between government and the private sector will create an office to help individuals or farm groups develop new food products, start up food businesses and market food products. MORE


Canadian dairy farmers strong and united

I want to start off by thanking everyone for coming to our AGM in Vancouver. It was an honour to host our guests in my home province. Our AGM is a time to celebrate what we have accomplished in the last year, while looking forward to the next. MORE


New partnership sets the stage for Canada’s Food Island

A new industry led, government supported partnership will engage primary industries, food producers, culinary experts and research institutions to expand food exports, create new products and cement Prince Edward Island’s reputation as a world class producer of food and leading culinary destination. MORE


Agriculture’s best days are ahead

Some people look with nostalgia at the “good ol’ days” thinking that the world would be a better place if we could just go back in time, give up on technology and return food and farming to the way it used to be. To these people I say, “poppycock!” These garbled views of the past are not only wrong-headed they are dangerous. MORE


‘Shrewd’ Canada playing long game as TPP trade talks begin in Maui

What concessions would Canada consider in a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal? ‘That’s a good question’ MORE


Canada will not negotiate TPP in public: Ritz

Ag minister says Canada has put forward proposals on supply management MORE


Statement from Ministers Ritz and Fast on Senator Stabenow’s Proposed Bill to Amend United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)

“Senator Stabenow’s COOL 2.0 fails to address Canada’s concerns and would continue to undermine our integrated North American supply chains. MORE




U.S. livestock: Lower cash prices sink CME live cattle for 3rd straight day

Feeder cattle extends losses, hog contracts settle lower MORE


US Meat, Poultry Production Down in Second Quarter

US red meat and poultry production were strongly affected by weather and disease in the second quarter of 2015, according the latest report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS). MORE


CME: US Cold Storage Stocks Significantly Higher Than 2014

USDA’s monthly Cold Storage report shows (as expected) significantly larger stocks of frozen meat and poultry relative to last year, but some reduction of those stocks from last month, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


EU Pig Prices: Unclear Picture – Germany Plays a Special Role

This current week, the European pig slaughter market is not drawing a clear line. MORE


Warm Summer Weather and Biosecurity Focus Hold PEDv at Bay

Manitoba’s chief veterinary officer reports the warm summer weather and continued vigilance among stakeholders within the province’s pork industry have helped maintain control of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE




Rain too late to bring back yields: CWB crop tour

Reports from two of three group assessing this year’s Prairie crop MORE


North American Grain/Oilseed Review – Canola Follows Soy Lower

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market settled lower Thursday, following declines in the US soy complex. MORE


GRAINS-Corn falls, set for biggest weekly loss in a year

U.S. corn fell more than 0.5 percent on Friday to hover close to a three-week low, with prices on track for their biggest weekly loss in more than a year, as crop friendly weather and sluggish demand dragged on the market. MORE


U.S. grains: U.S. soy falls on improving crop prospects; corn, wheat firm

U.S. soybean futures fell on Thursday as improving weather in major Midwest growing areas increased expectations of ample production, traders said. MORE


General Interest


Organic weed control, precision weed tillage via the ‘Robocrop’

Frustrated with lack of weed control, one organic farmer from Manitoba is impressed by a U.K.-made in-row cultivator MORE


Study: Bumblebees Aren’t Adapting To Climate Change

Climate change might be a more gradual enemy than climate destruction, but for many plant and animal species, it’s just as dangerous. MORE


GM rice could address hunger, cut methane emissions 90%, fight climate change

It’s food for climate conscious consumers. A strain of rice has been genetically engineered to produce less methane. MORE


Google Sheep View: Haha Look At The Sheep

Who doesn’t like to look at sheep? MORE


Regular Updates


Rayglen Market Comments – July 23 HERE

Weekly Michigan Potato Report – July 22 HERE

CFA in Action – July 22 HERE

Canada Outlook for Principal Field Crops – July 2015 HERE

StatsCan – Oilseed crushing statistics, June 2015 HERE

StatsCan – Deliveries of major grains, June 2015 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Thursday, July 23 HERE

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

AM markets: wheat, cotton stabilise, despite poor China dataHERE

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


PEI Wild Blueberry Workshop Series

July 29 – 31, Various locations

Presenters will discuss key topics that have been identified through recent PEI blueberry crop management programs. There will be time during and after the workshop to talk with Presenters, Specialists and other growers. For locations and more information please go HERE


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.


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

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.


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 July:

25th and 26th– Summerside     27th and 28th– Stratford

Dates for August:

5th and 6th- Summerside       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