Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

March Member Profile – Martin and Katie Verhulst HERE

 

Canadian Ag Safety Week, March 12 – 18, 2017

In support of Canadian Ag Safety Week, Green Diamond is offering a 20% discount on select safety items Island wide! MORE

 

Agriculture Expo and North American Seed Fair underway in Lethbridge

The three-day show is expected to bring in over 20,000 consumers. Exhibition Park said the convention is one of the last in the Ag Expo circuit season, but it’s the largest in Alberta south of Red Deer. MORE

 

The new employee

Farms keep getting bigger and more complex. But at the same time, farm families keep getting smaller, with farming couples having fewer kids, just like other Canadians. MORE

 

Surrey B.C. website aims to connect aspiring farmers with available land

The City of Surrey’s website FarmableNOW wants to help residents increase their access to fresh, local produce. MORE

 

Saskatchewan farmer pays up after breaching plant breeders’ rights

Canada has had plant breeders’ rights (PBR) regulations for 25 years, yet some farmers still breach them. MORE

 

Incentives urged to match organic supply to demand

Canadian governments will need to come up with incentives for farmers going organic if they want domestic supply to keep up with domestic demand, a national organic sector group warns. MORE

 

Dairy Farmers of Canada have reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in support of underprivileged children

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to announce that Pierre Lampron, representing all Canadian dairy farmers, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds in support of the more than 20,000 underprivileged children and youth who benefit from Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF). MORE

 

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

 

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.

 

Winter Pruning Workshop for Apple Production

March 8th, 11 am – 3 pm

Beamish Orchards

Get insights and hands-on tips from an organic apple grower’s experience with Island orchardist Mike Beamish of Beamish Orchards and Deep Roots Distillery.  MORE

 

Organic Transition Workshop: Field Crops

March 9th, 9 am to noon

PEI Farm Centre, Charlottetown

With organic grain prices on the rise, and new, practical research that shows yields on par (or even better than) conventional:  choosing organic is a wise choice! It can’t hurt to learn about the opportunity, and we hope you’ll share this opportunity with your fellow farmers!  Speakers and experts will be 100% Islanders, including several Island Organic Field Crop farmers.  Knowledge shared will be practical and applicable to your Maritime Farm. MORE

 

Livestock

 

Between the Rows: Employees, ethanol and exports

Is the state of human resources management in farming today pretty similar to the state of accounting on farms decades ago, represented by a shoebox full of receipts? If so, what can be done to help that state of affairs evolve? MORE

 

Supply growth worries sink CME live cattle

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures slumped on Thursday, with pressure from profit-taking partly fueled by increased supply expectations, traders said. MORE

 

How Structural Change in Feeding Industry Impacts Pricing Trends

One of the topics that often gets brought up is structural change in the feeding industry and how that may impact pricing trends, especially during certain times of the year, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Ecuador Reports Five Bluetongue Outbreaks in Various Regions

The country’s veterinary authorities have reported five new outbreaks of Bluetongue in five regions across different locations. MORE

 

IFA Pushes for Re-opening of BDGP Suckler Scheme

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said he expects the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) to re-open to new entrants this spring with applications in April and before the BPS closing date of 15 May. MORE

 

Higher Canola Meal Inclusions in Lactating Sow Diets Possible

Research conducted by the University of Manitoba shows canola meal can be included in the diets of lactating sows at much higher levels than previously believed, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE

 

Canada Must Revaluate Approach to Trade in Response to Changing US Trade Policy

The Chair of Manitoba Pork says changing US trade policy will force Canada to revaluate its approach to trade, according to Bruce Cochrane. MORE

 

USA Hog Market Report

I don’t think I can recall this ever happening, but February hogs went off the board at $75 and change. Then, April became the lead month at a $5.00 discount, writes Allan Bentley. MORE

 

Hope for Price Increase in Germany

The European slaughter pig market is still navigating in calm waters. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – March 2 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Thursday, March 2 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

NEW POTATO VARIETIES 2017

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) rolled out 15 new potato varieties to growers and industry representatives on Feb. 13 at three open houses: Fredericton, N.B., Guelph, Ont. and Lethbridge, Alta. The open houses were an opportunity for AAFC researchers to share results of the agency’s potato breeding program’s accelerated release selections. MORE

 

Tomorrow’s Leaders Trained at 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

The 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) provided training to 22 US potato growers and industry representatives in leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication. MORE

 

Political Hot Potatoes

Food is international and, hopefully, non-political, writes Andre Erasmus. After all, potatoes are grown in nations as far apart as Peru and China, South Africa and Germany, or India and the United States of America – countries with differing political ideals. French fries can be bought in Australia or Iceland, Norway or New Zealand, probably anywhere. MORE

 

WPVGA Elects Board Officers

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) has elected Eric Schroeder of Schroeder Brothers Farms in Antigo, Wis., as its president for 2017. Schroeder succeeds Mark Finnessy of Okray Family Farms in Plover, Wis. MORE

 

European Union ends patents on conventional plant breeding – stimulating innovation

Plant breeders must have free access to biological material in order to be able to breed new crop species. Patent law thus does not apply to conventional plant breeding. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola drops as oilseeds correct lower

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market suffered losses on Thursday, following declines in the US soy complex. MORE

 

ICE Futures Canada Friday: Canola futures prices mostly higher, barley unchanged HERE

 

Canola’s impact shown throughout Canadian economy

Like a rock thrown in a lake creates ripples on shore, a new study commissioned by the Canola Council of Canada shows the sector’s impact is growing larger — causing ripples to turn to waves. MORE

 

Canola’s rally pushes cash prices higher

Canola cash prices notched gains with recent news out of the U.S., but the market remains rangebound, and near-term support is likely to run dry. MORE

 

Still sifting through genes, but…

Plant breeding has always been about testing to see how one gene interacts with another, but today it can be done much more quickly MORE

 

Soybeans sag on profit-taking, Brazilian crop

U.S. soybean futures fell on Thursday, pressured by the ongoing harvest of a projected record-large crop in Brazil and profit-taking after a two-session climb attributed to fund buying, traders said. MORE

 

Soy loadings delayed at Brazil northern ports

At least 11 ships are facing delays in loading soybeans at Brazil’s northern ports after rains washed out roads and disrupted the progress of trucks carrying beans from the centre-west region, Brazilian officials said on Thursday. MORE

 

AM markets: cotton recovers from sell-off. Wheat struggles HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

U.S. authorities raid Caterpillar’s Illinois facilities

U.S. federal law enforcement officials searched three facilities of heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Thursday, prompting a sharp sell-off in the company’s stock. MORE

 

China Sets Stronger Steps on Food Safety

China still faces severe challenges to ensure food safety, despite improvements in recent years, and authorities will maintain a zero-tolerance attitude toward violations of laws, the national food safety watchdog said. MORE

 

Danish Crown Purchases UK Foodservice Business

Foodservice has been part of Danish Crown’s business in the UK since 2014. Danish Crown has succeeded in establishing a stable base in and around London and Manchester and this is now being further expanded in the Midlands with the acquisition of Leivers Brothers Ltd. MORE

 

Food Insecurity, Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa Pose Major Challenge In Ending Hunger

Some 153 million people, representing about 26 per cent of the population above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa, suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014-15, according to a new FAO report. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – February 24 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – March 1 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, March 2 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

The Vernor River Watershed Group and PEIFA to host upcoming Watershed farmers meeting

Date/Time: Monday March 6 at 7 pm

Location: St.Joachim,s parish hall, Vernon River
Speaker – John Phillips will discuss land stabilization , organic matter etc, with a round table discussion!

Speaker 2 is Dr. Christine Noronha, life with the Colorado potato after Admire

 

Winter Pruning Workshop for Apple Production

March 8th, 11 am – 3 pm

Beamish Orchards

Get insights and hands-on tips from an organic apple grower’s experience with Island orchardist Mike Beamish of Beamish Orchards and Deep Roots Distillery.  MORE

 

Organic Transition Workshop: Field Crops

March 9th, 9 am to noon

PEI Farm Centre, Charlottetown

With organic grain prices on the rise, and new, practical research that shows yields on par (or even better than) conventional:  choosing organic is a wise choice! It can’t hurt to learn about the opportunity, and we hope you’ll share this opportunity with your fellow farmers!  Speakers and experts will be 100% Islanders, including several Island Organic Field Crop farmers.  Knowledge shared will be practical and applicable to your Maritime Farm. MORE

 

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


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

 

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.