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Beekeepers concerned over expected 2nd year of low blueberry prices

Blueberry industry experts say there is a surplus of berries on the market that will lead to low prices again this year, and that has P.E.I. beekeepers worried. MORE

 

Students on P.E.I. meet some friendly goats inside school

The miniature goats were an immediate hit in the Grade 3-4 class at Sherwood Elementary School on Wednesday. MORE

 

Resolution to 2016 fish kill incidents remains with courts

Investigations into two reported fish kills in Prince Edward Island in 2016 are still ongoing. MORE

 

Rebate roundup for Eastern Canada

With the planting season just weeks away, we’re putting together a “Rebate Roundup” for eastern Canadian growers with our overview of the rebates offered by industry. MORE

 

Farmers concerned trade deal will have a negative impact on local industry

Local dairy and cheese producers are concerned about how the Canadian-European Free-Trade Agreement could impact their bottom line. MORE

 

Coop cleanout proves nearly fatal

It was when the clucking and scratching of the chickens started to sound like a beautiful serenade that Rick Kurbis knew something was seriously wrong. 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 www.peifa.ca/efp/

 

Kensington North Watersheds Association

Meeting for farmers, going over agricultural projects the group has been active in in the past year.

The agenda includes:

– summary of Nitrogen Field Trial data for the past 3 years,

– summary of the Phosphorus Index field trials,

– review of the Cornell Soil Heath Test project, including split tillage trials and cover crop split trials,

– review of other Agri/Ecological projects.

Guest speakers include;

  • Judith Nyiraneza on the Phosphorus Index project.
  • Rick Peters on Residue Tillage and Soil Borne Disease

Light lunch at 12:30, meeting starts at 1:00 on Tuesday March 14 at the

Board Room, Crop Insurance Building, 7 Gerald McCarville Dr. Kensington.

 

Humane Handling Workshop

Open to all registered PEICP producers

Registration is required, but there is no cost

Requirement for all PEI CIB Producers unless you have attended previous Humane Handling Workshops

6:30 PM March 22, 2017

Farm Centre, Charlottetown

For more info call 368-2229

 

Federation of Agriculture ‘Path of Profit’ Learning & Development Series

The Federation of Agriculture is excited to announce an exclusive offer to our members.

The ‘Path of Profit’ Series is a Learning Program of various Professional Development courses available to employees of any of our members. The courses are designed to improve overall business competitiveness and profitability while also upgrading staff skills. The courses are classroom based for 1-3 days depending on the course and will be delivered at our boardroom

In March /April. Dates will be confirmed ASAP.

  • Succession Planning
  • Tax & Financial Planning
  • Professional Leadership for Managers / Supervisors / Lead Hands
  • Computer Skills Upgrade – Office / Word / Excel
  • Stress Management / Time Management

Seats will be on a first come first serve basis.

For further information and to sign up, please contact the office at 902-368-7289 or email Jennifer Murphy at jmurphy@peifa.ca or Robert Godfrey at rgodfrey@peifa.ca.

 

Livestock

 

Manitoba Beef Producers working to protect species at risk

Beef producers will lead a new program in Manitoba aimed at improving the habitat — and thereby chances of survival — for grassland birds whose populations are in perilous decline. MORE

 

Livestock Production Contribution to Global Warming Less than Public Led to Believe

An Air Quality Specialist with the University of California Davis says livestock production in North America plays a much smaller role in contributing to global warming than the public would be led to believe, according to Bruce Cochrane. MORE

 

US Beef Exports Maintain Strong Pace in January

January exports of US beef and pork were up significantly year-over-year, maintaining the solid momentum established in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. MORE

 

U.S. Plains wildfires leave thousands of cattle dead

Fast-moving wildfires that burned through nearly two million acres of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this week have devastated ranches and left thousands of cattle and other livestock dead, officials said Thursday. MORE

 

Feeder cattle up one per cent

U.S. feeder cattle futures gained one per cent and live cattle futures were narrowly higher on Thursday amid rising demand for animals, especially for grazing, traders and analysts said. MORE

 

Growing Feed Industry Demand Being Met Through Organic Starches

The German organic industry is booming, with organic farming playing a key role in the food and agriculture industries. So much so that in 2017 the federal government is expected to invest €20 million to support and strengthen organic farming in order to push organically cultivated land to total 20 per cent of Germany’s overall cropland. MORE

 

IFA President Meets Egyptian Ambassador, Ceann Comhairle on Live Cattle Exports

– IFA President Joe Healy had a very positive meeting with the Egyptian Ambassador Soha Samir Nashd Gendi in Dublin this week, and discussed the opportunities around the live export trade to Egypt. MORE

 

Armenia Decides Slaughtering of Cattle Outside Butcheries Illegal

The Armenian government has adopted a decision wherein the slaughter of cattle outside butcheries illegal, agriculture minister Ignaty Arakelyan said at a Cabinet session. MORE

 

IFA Welcomes Positive News on Live Cattle Exports to Turkey

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said IFA has been in contact with Purcell Brothers and welcomed the positive news this week that they have secured a live cattle contract for exports to Turkey. He said this is a very positive development and a major boost to the livestock sector. MORE

 

Breeding Intervals Important in Choosing Group Sizes in Group Housing

A Nutritionist with Gestal says, when planning group sizes in group sow housing systems, producers should consider anticipated breeding schedules, Bruce Cochrane reports. MORE

 

US Pork Exports Maintain Strong Pace in January

January exports of US beef and pork were up significantly year-over-year, maintaining the solid momentum established in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. MORE

 

January US Pork Export Tonnage Higher Than a Year Ago

USDA’s Economic Research Service published their carcass weight equivalent meat and poultry trade data for the US yesterday (Thursday, 9 March). MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – March 9 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Thursday, March 9 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

Some good, some bad: news on potato psyllid

For potato growers in Western Canada who are nervously watching the progress of potato psyllids (Bactericera cockerelli) moving in from the northwest United States, there’s good news: none of the potato psyllids found in Western Canada are carrying the zebra chip pathogen, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso). MORE

 

Engineered Biocarbon Product Impresses in Trials

Cool Planet is making its Cool Terra engineered biocarbon products more commercially available to growers in 2017, following impressive results in independent field trials conducted in 2016. MORE

 

Potatoes may be able to grow on Mars, a first simulation under Martian conditions suggests

The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth. MORE

 

A New Theme for PotatoEurope: “Potatoes Feed and Meet the World”

With seven months still to go, 50% of the exhibition space at PotatoEurope 2017 – the trade show dedicated to the entire potato chain – has already been sold. This year, PotatoEurope will be held in Emmeloord, Flevoland, the Netherlands. MORE

 

Rethinking Control System Technology in Food Processing

Technological advances over the last few decades have had a significant impact on the manufacturing industry. For many food manufacturers industrial automation has enabled them to optimize their production. MORE

 

Potato Crops Promoted as “Fourth Staple” in China

The government is promoting the potato as China’s ‘fourth staple’ to feed the world’s most-populous nation and ensure security of supplies. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American grain/oilseed review: Canola ends lower after USDA data

ICE Futures Canada canola closed weaker on Thursday, feeling spill-over pressure from losses in the US soy complex. MORE

 

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

 

CCGA cash advance applications out early

Among other changes to the program, applications are available earlier this year for spring cash advances through the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). MORE

 

Wet spring hampers Prairie fertilizer timetable

This week’s dump of snow in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba will likely push back fieldwork and fertilizer applications on a lot of farms, according to one crop watcher. MORE

 

Sideways canola futures well above chart support

Canola remains stuck in a sideways trading range well above major chart support, despite losses in the U.S. soy complex. MORE

 

Soybeans hit two-month low on huge Brazil crop

U.S. soybean futures hit a two-month low on Thursday, pressured by rising government forecasts for a record-large Brazilian soy harvest, traders said. MORE

 

USDA raises U.S. stocks view as Brazil crop threatens exports

U.S. soybean supplies will be bigger than expected at the end of the marketing year as a record harvest in Brazil will flood the global market, cutting into demand for U.S. exports, the government said on Thursday. MORE

 

AM markets: grains dip again, despite stabilising oil market HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Spreading it around

In 2016, farmers were introduced to several new machines capable of meeting their fertilizer spreading needs. Among them was the new self-propelled F4365 spinner-spreader from John Deere, a high-capacity machine designed primarily for large operators and custom applicators. MORE

 

Farm tools vs. tear gas — Greek protesters clash with police

Greek farmers armed with shepherd’s crooks and stones clashed with riot police outside the agriculture ministry in central Athens Wednesday, during a protest against bailout-related income cuts. MORE

 

Kuhn Krause CCX 9000 Cover Crop Seeder

The Kuhn Krause CCX 9000 cover crop seeder for use on the Excelerator vertical tillage system gives growers the ability to establish a cover crop while performing vertical tillage. In the tractor cab, the Quantron S2 control monitor provides a simplified calibration process, which takes a matter of minutes, and seed settings can be saved for future use. MORE

 

Proposal Signed to Help China Reach Goal of Green Agriculture

Leaders from 300 agricultural companies have gathered in Beijing Wednesday to sign a proposal, promising to optimize their production processes and work together to realize China’s goal of green agriculture. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Report – March 3 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – March 8 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, March 9 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

See Canada’s top speakers

FCC Forum is your chance to re-energize, get inspired and network with business owners and operators like you. Bring family, friends, business partners – it’s free for anyone in agriculture. Over 7,000 people attended last year, so get your seat early and register today!

Saturday, March 11 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Moncton , New Brunswick (lunch included) MORE


Kensington North Watersheds Association
 

Meeting for farmers, going over agricultural projects the group has been active in in the past year.

The agenda includes:

– summary of Nitrogen Field Trial data for the past 3 years,

– summary of the Phosphorus Index field trials,

– review of the Cornell Soil Heath Test project, including split tillage trials and cover crop split trials,

– review of other Agri/Ecological projects.

Guest speakers include;

  • Judith Nyiraneza on the Phosphorus Index project.
  • Rick Peters on Residue Tillage and Soil Borne Disease

Light lunch at 12:30, meeting starts at 1:00 on Tuesday March 14 at the

Board Room, Crop Insurance Building, 7 Gerald McCarville Dr. Kensington

 

THE SOIL SESSIONS

Join the PEI COPC  in the morning to examine and interpret a number of Cornell Soil Health Test results from local farms and hear from our own local farmers and experts how their management  practices may impact soil health and performance. In the afternoon, we’ll be joined (via video conference) by Dr.s Kristine Nichols and Andrew Smith from the Rodale Institute. They’ll provide field crop and vegetable systems expertise and share their knowledge of soil health.

Wednesday, March 15 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Holland College Centre for Applied Science & Technology

Cost is $50 for PEI COPC members and $60 for non-members and includes lunch.

Parking will be available free at the Holland College parking lot on Grafton Street (just across from the CAST)

Contact Karen at (902)894-9999 or research@organicpei.com directly if you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot.  REGISTER HERE

 

2017 Maritime Beef Council Annual Conference

Date: March 17-18, 2017

Location: Best Western Glengarry Motel, Truro, Nova Scotia

MORE

 

The Prince Edward Island Institute of Agrologists offer two awards annually to individuals whose achievements and service to Agriculture in Prince Edward Island have been outstanding.

To nominate an individual for the Recognition Award or Outstanding Agrologist Award please click HERE

Nominations to be submitted to lmurphy@pei.sympatico.ca by March 20, 2017

 

Humane Handling Workshop

Open to all registered PEICP producers

Registration is required, but there is no cost

Requirement for all PEI CIB Producers unless you have attended previous Humane Handling Workshops

6:30 PM March 22, 2017

Farm Centre, Charlottetown

For more info call 368-2229

 

Women in Agriculture Recognition Award

The provincial board of PEI Women’s Institute is now accepting nominations for the Women in Agriculture Recognition Award. This award, in the form of a plaque and framed photo posted at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is presented bi-annually to recognize an Island woman making a major contribution to the PEI agriculture industry within the last five years. Members of the community or fellow farmers are encouraged to contact their local branches to nominate women in the agriculture industry for this award. March 31 marks the deadline for this and other scholarships and awards. A complete list of PEIWI awards and scholarships are available at www.peiwi.ca or by contacting the WI Office at 902-368-4860 or wi@gov.pe.ca. MORE

 

Institute of Canada (AIC) is hosting a national conference titled “Agriculture Innovation in a changing environment”

Addressing the topic of climate change and agriculture.

April 24-26, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB MORE

 

Atlantic Farm Women Conference

April 28 & 29 at the Delta Halifax, N.S.

Register before March 31 registration fee is $90 plus you will be entered to win your conference registration free. After March 31, registration will be $115.

To register: http://atlanticfarmwomen.weebly.com/-registration.html

Agenda on line: http://atlanticfarmwomen.weebly.com/agenda.html

 

Attention: Class A Pesticide Applicator Certificate Holders

To renew your pesticide applicator certificate there are three options available for you:

First Option:        Renewal of your certificate by receiving Continuing Education Credits.
Second Option:    Take a one day training course & write the two hour exam.
Third Option:       Make an appointment to come in and  write the two hour exam.

First Option:
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will be offering two different training days
Day A and Day B.  You are required to attend one Day A and one Day B over the five year re-certification period.  Only one day per calendar year can be credited.

Day A – Topics covered: General Information, Regulations, Environmental Safety, and Application                Technology.
Day B – Topics covered: Emergency Response, Labeling, Professionalism, Traceability, Integrated Pest Management, and Human Health and Safety.

Your current Pesticide Applicator Certificate will remain valid until the expiry date printed on your certificate.  New Class A certificates will now all have an expiry date of March 31.  The fee payable for a new 5-year certificate is $75.

When you have met the requirements to renew your license, you will be mailed an application form for renewal of your Pesticide Applicator Certificate. Should you fail to attend both of these training sessions prior to the expiry date on your current Certificate, you will need to successfully complete the written examination to obtain a new certificate.

The 2017 training schedule is as follows:

Day A:
March 14, 2017          Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

Day B:
March 16, 2017           Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.  All information sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be completed by 4:00 p.m.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is a
$ 25. fee to offset this cost.
To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154.
Should you have questions or require additional detail, please do not hesitate to contact Shelley Ployer at (902) 368-4154 or via e-mail at  seployer@gov.pe.ca

To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154.

Third Option:
You can make an appointment to write the two hour exam by calling Debbie MacRae at
(902) 368-5024 or Thane Clarke at (902) 368-5599 at the Department of Communities, Land and Environment in Charlottetown. The cost is the same, $75.