Local, Regional, Canadian News


February Member Profile – Joel and Amy Van Gurp – HERE


Membership Survey

The recent 76th Annual General Meeting was a great success on a number of fronts, but as always we would like to improve for next year. Please take a moment to complete this SURVEY to give us feedback, even if you did not attend, we’d like to know why and what might bring you out to the AGM in the future. Thanks! SURVEY


Regina Food Bank launches greenhouse to grow fresh food year-round

The Regina Food Bank has a new way to grow fresh vegetables year-round with their new Four Seasons Urban Agriculture Project. MORE


Quebec’s winter trails to remain open as tax reform halted

Snowmobile trails going through farmland owned by members of Quebec’s Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) will remain open as the province hits the brakes on changes to its farmland property tax credit plan. MORE



Those who register for both events will receive a 15% discount.

Bridging the Gap: Succession & Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families!

February 9th and 10th

Glengarry Hotel – Truro, Nova Scotia

Register HERE

Innovate for Value Chain Management

February 10th and 11th

Dalhousie Agricultural Campus – Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

Register HERE


Holistic Farm Life Planning 

A two-day intensive for small business owners who are ready to create a vision of the future they want for their life and business.

Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown, PEI, on February 23rd and 24th 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

PEI ALUS Program Reviewing Payment Rates

The Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program is undertaking a review of payment rates paid to Island farmers/landowners.  Surveys have been mailed to all ALUS program clients for feedback.  In addition, a digital version of the survey has been created.  If you are a client of the ALUS program and haven’t completed your survey yet, you can do so by following the link below.  The survey will be available online until February 23.

The link can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALUSclientsurvey3




Bovine TB probe’s focus turns to infected herd

With no new cases of bovine tuberculosis discovered on the Prairies since mid-November, federal officials are now turning their focus to how the disease got into half a dozen cattle in the region last fall. MORE


Gay Lea opens doors to Manitoba producers

Manitoba producer named to Gay Lea Foods board as co-operative expands into Manitoba MORE


Australia Ships First Load of Live Beef Cattle to China

The first shipment of live Australian beef cattle to China has left Australian shores after nearly ten years in the making. MORE


Importance of Keeping TB Vaccine Trial Results in Context

Commenting on the results of the field scale trial of badger vaccination against TB in Kilkenny, Bert Stewart IFA Animal Health Chairman said it is important to keep these results in context. MORE


Russia Prohibits Beef Supply from Belarus

Russia banned import of beef and byproducts from Minsk oblast of Belarus starting from today, 6 February, after the renewed tension between two countries. MORE


Sharp Drop in Korea’s Self-sufficiency Rate of Grain, Beef, Seafood

South Korea‘s self-sufficiency rate of grain, beef and seafood sharply fell last year as imported food items appealed to consumer tastes with their lower prices and variety of flavors, according to government data on Sunday. MORE


Beef Another Diplomatic Ball Dropped by National

Within one week, the government has been caught short by Russia moving to ban New Zealand beef and a slow response to some Kiwi dual-citizens entering the United States. MORE


Lagos Clamps Down on Illegal Abattoirs, Cattle Markets

In a renewed effort to stem the tide of illegal operations, prevent the sale of unwholesome meat and improve hygiene conditions in abattoirs in Lagos State, no fewer than 24 butchers and cattle marketers have been arrested for offences bordering on illegal operations in a weekend clampdown carried out against illegal abattoirs, slaughter slabs and cattle markets by the state government. MORE


Pork Industry Competitiveness and Sustainability Top Research Priorities

The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc says improving the global competitiveness of the Canadian pork industry while ensuring continued environmental sustainability is a top priority of Canada’s Swine Cluster Research Program, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE


Hog market improving with solid exports

Strong U.S. exports and declining cold-storage numbers have helped push hog prices on Canada’s Prairies to better levels than a few months back. MORE


Rice Bran in Weanling Pig Diets Does Not Reduce Growth Performance

Research at the University of Illinois has demonstrated that adding rice bran to weanling pig diets does not have a detrimental effect on growth performance. MORE


Pig Prices Must Rise for All Irish Producers, says IFA

Chairman of IFA Pigs Committee, Tom Hogan has said farmers are expecting the pig price to increase substantially over the coming days. MORE


Red Tractor Shows Leadership with e-Medicine Book Requirement

Red Tractor pig producers will be required to use the electronic medicine book (e-MB) to record the total collated antibiotics they administer to their herds every three months. MORE


AHDB Webinar to Focus on Meat Sectors’ Preparation to Quit EU

The outlook for the English beef, lamb and pork sectors as the UK prepares to quit the EU will be the focus of an AHDB webinar this month. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – February 2 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, February 3 HERE




Canadian potato industry on the upswing

A weaker loonie and promotion of potatoes prepared in more healthy ways are improving prospects for growers and processors MORE



Manitoba Potato Production Days – January 24, 25 & 26th 2017 MORE


Idaho/East Ore. Committee Reps to Be Selected

Nominations for handler positions in District 2 of the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee will be held at 3 p.m. on March 23, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Idaho Falls, Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Grower Shippers Association board meeting. MORE


Bushmans’ Potato Program Faring Well

With supplies running short, some Wisconsin red potato shippers approached mid-January filling orders with potatoes purchased from elsewhere. MORE


Proposal to End Potato Tax Faces Scrutiny

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts backed away Wednesday from a proposal to repeal Nebraska’s potato tax. The governor’s response came after his bill got hashed, mashed and julienned by the very people who make a living growing potatoes. MORE


Mixed Results for Red Potato Market

“For the growers that had potatoes, it will be a decent year,” says Paul Dolan, the manager of Associated Potato Growers, Inc., a potato-packing co-op in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota MORE


Scottish Potato Seed Contributed to Genebank

A global seed vault designed to protect resources from future environmental catastrophes has received the first genetic potato material from the UK. MORE


Growing out of poverty with potato

The cliché of Asian agriculture is endless fields with rice. But there is literally and figuratively speaking room for the potato. MORE


Australian potato shortage ends thanks to strong potato crops
Australia may be out of the woods as far as potato production goes. After a difficult year in 2016, filled with floods and storms that caused widespread potato shortages, the industry was in need of a break. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola weakens with soyoil

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts posted small losses to end the week, as traders booked profits on the recent gains. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Friday: Canola futures prices lower, barley unchanged



Lack of meal capacity could be costing canola growers

Insufficient export capacity is costing western Canadian canola growers money in lost canola meal sales and farmers should be complaining loudly, says Thomas Mielke. MORE


Durum acres to decline in 2017

Canadian farmers are sitting on large stocks of poor-quality durum, which should cut into acres seeded to the crop this spring. MORE


StatsCan canola stocks in line with expectations

Canadian canola stocks may be tighter than a year ago and wheat stocks larger — but the updated numbers from Statistics Canada may also need more asterisks than normal. MORE


Corn yields still on the rise

Check out the numbers when you use interpolated data to even out our year-by-year weather swings MORE


Soy falls as Brazil crop forecasts grow

U.S. soybean futures fell one per cent on Friday, pressured by expectations for a huge crop in Brazil, the world’s top exporter of the oilseed, traders said. MORE


AM markets: Argentina, China help soy open firm in big week HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Municipalities want action on night hunting

Landowners say night hunting has become a dangerous 
and growing problem in rural Manitoba MORE


Mexico exports no longer just avocados, tequila

If the United States imposes a border tax on Mexican imports, it’s not just tequila, beer and avocados that would jump in price. MORE


Regular Updates


Rayglen Market Comments – February 1 HERE

CFA in Action – February 2 HERE

FCC Express – February 3 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Friday, February 3 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


In-Person Consumer Consultations on Food Labelling Modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada want to hear from everyday consumers like you.

We are holding in-person discussions to get your perspective on proposals to modernize food labelling in Canada and would like to talk about:

  • Labelling information that is important to you
  • Proposed improvements to food label information and legibility, and;
  • Enhancements to the ways consumers get information on label claims or statements

There is no cost to register. Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to attend. Prior knowledge of food labelling is not required.

In-person consumer sessions will be held in the following cities:

Atlantic Provinces

  • St-John’s, NL February 3, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (English)



Those who register for both events will receive a 15% discount.

Bridging the Gap: Succession & Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families!

February 9th and 10th

Glengarry Hotel – Truro, Nova Scotia

Register HERE

Innovate for Value Chain Management

February 10th and 11th

Dalhousie Agricultural Campus – Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

Register HERE


Atlantic 4R Nutrient Stewardship Training

Fertilizer Canada’s Nutrient Stewardship training courses help you understand the economic, social, and environmental advantages of 4R practices and how these can be implemented on Canadian farms.

-Free Training

-Participants will receive certification after course completion

-Lunch Provided

**Note: Only the first 30 participants to RSVP will be accepted

-Please send your RSVP to: nfrost@fertilizercanada.ca or call (613)-786-3032

February 22, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Westmorland Room, Crowne Plaza 1005 Main St, Moncton, NB


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:
February 21, 2017      Lane’s Riverhouse Inn, Montague

March 14, 2017          Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

Day B:
February 22,2017        Lanes Riverhouse Inn, Montague
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

Second Option:
You can also renew your license by attending a one day training course and writing the exam at the end of the day (there is no cost to attend this course).  This training course is designed to refresh your memory and prepare you for writing the exam. It DOES NOT provide you with any certification days.  There is no cost to write the exam.  The cost for a 5 year Pesticide Applicator Certificate is $75.

The 2017 training schedule for the one day course followed by writing the exam is as follows:

February 22, 2017   Loyalist Inn, Summerside March 15, 2017    Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.  Training sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. and are completed by 3:30 p.m.   The exam will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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.