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!


Local, Regional, Canadian News


PEI Grain Elevators Update – July 30

Soybean contracts are now at $ 380 / mt   fob PEI Elevators. Price subject to confirmation at time of call.

The PEI Grain Elevators year end is July 31st and we are closed Monday,August 3 for inventory counting.

Its been a solid volume year with the three elevators handling just shy of 70,000 MT . 90% of which is shipped by truck ( roughly 2000 truck loads ) off PEI to the EU, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick , Nova Scotia and NFLD. $10 Million worth of Soybeans were exported to Belgium during a difficult harvest last fall.The large dryers and cleaners where well utilized last year and proved their worth by saving lots of off spec product.


The Weather market is shifting focus.Next week the market will likely increasingly shift to the August 12th USDA crop report, which will contain revised acreage figures, and the first surveyed yield estimate. Funds are in & out of the market trying to balance their positions before the report.Volatility is the name of game. Overall the US appears to have a fairly good Soybean crop underway, and combined with huge SA supplies, total bean supplies still appear to be very ample.There is lots of Wheat & Corn in the world , but closer to home ( Canada ) there is plenty of quality / yield issues that may support prices depending on how the growing and harvest season proceeds.

Have safe and productive harvest.

Neil Campbell
General Manager

PEI Grain Elevator Corp

Kensington , PE



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The Prince District JFO Drug Unit recovered 1,250 marijuana plants from a Travellers Rest, Prince Edward Island field recently. Police believe the plant seeds were unintentionally sown there. MORE


Crowds gather at Crapaud Exhibition for draft horse pulls

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New partnership sets the stage for Canada’s Food Island

Over $1.6 million in government support for the Food Island Partnership was announced July 23 by PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea (on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). In the photo are from left: Glasgow Glen Farms owner Jeff McCourt, Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Minister Gail Shea, and Food Island Partnership Chair John Rowe. MORE


Federal election called for Oct. 19

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has asked Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, touching off an 11-week campaign in advance of an election Oct. 19. MORE


TPP talks fail to end in deal

Negotiators fail to agree on auto parts, drug patents and dairy MORE


The Globe and Mail to publish organic report

COTA is once again partnering with The Globe and Mail to produce a Special Report on Organic in Canada’s national newspaper, timed to coincide with Organic Week September 19-27. This is a unique opportunity to highlight your commitment to the organic sector and to promote your message directly to consumers across the country. The deadline to reserve ad space is August 11. For more information, contact Henry ChenMORE




U.S. livestock: Burdensome supply worries drag down CME hog futures

Live cattle contracts end mostly weak MORE


CME: Pork Prices Down Following Seasonal Pattern

The rally in the lean hog complex appeared to run out of steam yesterday, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


Hog Outlook: July 2015 Consumer Confidence Index Registers Decline

The University of Michigan’s July 2015 consumer confidence index released today shows a decline from last month of 3.1 per cent, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, University of Missouri. MORE


Group sow housing tips 

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North American grain/oilseed review: Canola stages late day rally

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U.S. grains: Soybean, corn futures fall; wheat mixed

Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit-taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. MORE


U.S. spring wheat yield projections highest ever

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Spotted Wing Drosophila an unwelcome visitor to fruit farms this summer

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Atlantic Grains Council undertakes large-scale research project

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General Interest


Meaty matters: How to navigate organic’s new frontier

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Beepocalypse Myth Handbook: Dissecting claims of pollinator collapse

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Regular Updates


FCC Express – July 31 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, July 31 HERE

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

AM markets: ag futures extend poor performance into AugustHERE

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.


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.


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:

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