PEIFA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 10th – Countryview Golf Course. 9:00a.m. shotgun start. Includes 9 Holes of golf, cart and bbq steak dinner – $60.00 per person.

Contact Jennifer at 902-368-7289 or to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.


Local, Regional, Canadian News


Truck delivering potatoes rolls into ditch on Route 2 at Days Corner

A tractor-trailer delivering a load of potatoes lost control and rolled into a ditch Sunday morning on Route 2. MORE


Downtown Charlottetown Farmers’ Market runs every Sunday

The market includes more than 40 vendors on Queen Street every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sept. 24 MORE


New organic juice facility in Mississauga equipped with new-to-Canada technology

Canada’s food and beverage processing industry is an important driver of economic growth in Canada. The Government of Canada continues to support the innovation and competitiveness of the food and beverage sector, so that it can create better job opportunities for Canadians and add value to our agricultural sector. MORE


Herd of goats weeding out a big problem in Red Deer

The City of Red Deer has hired a specialized and environmentally friendly crew to tackle some problem weeds. MORE


Ontario processor fined for faux-kosher cheese

An Ontario food processing company has been slapped with $25,000 in fines for labelling non-kosher cheese as kosher, in the first Canadian case of its kind to get to a provincial court. MORE


EU, Canada agree start of free trade agreement

The European Union and Canada said on Saturday they had agreed to start a free trade agreement between the two sides on Sept. 21, paving the way for over 90 per cent of the treaty to come into effect. 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


Client Satisfaction Survey: Business Risk Management Programs

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with provincial partners, has launched an online survey seeking producers’ input on the level of satisfaction with our Business Risk Management (BRM) programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, and Advance Payments Program). The survey is intended to be completed by producers who have applied to these programs in recent years and focuses on their experience with them.

Results from this survey will help us understand client expectations and improve BRM program delivery services.

The anonymous survey will be available until July 31, 2017 and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

To complete the BRM Client Satisfaction Survey, please click here.

Thanks in advance for helping us better serve Canadian producers.




TN Cow Trade Body Moves SC Against Centre’s Cattle Sale Order

A Tamil Nadu-based cow trade organisation going by the name of Maattu Vyapaarigal Matrum Tholilalargal Sangam moved the Supreme Court on Monday against the Centre’s new cattle trade rules. MORE


Global Swine Industry Mourns Loss of Glenn Grimes

Dr. Glenn Grimes, a economic leader in the global swine industry, died July 2, 2017, at the age of 94. His phenomenal 60-year career included teaching, advising and consulting. MORE


Stability in Danish, Dutch Pork Exports

Exports of fresh and frozen pork from Denmark and the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2017 were stable on a year earlier, reports Leo Colby, AHDB Consultant. MORE


Demand for UK Pigs Continues to Reflect Hot Weather

Demand for UK pigs continues to reflect the weather (hot) and, although the SPP only moved up by 0.15p to stand at 162.43p, spot prices have continued to reach for the sky with bids generally between 172p/kg and 175p/kg according to spec, with no shortage of takers, writes Peter Crichton in his latest “Traffic Light” commentary (7 July). MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 6 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, July 7 HERE




McCain Foods Scarborough expansion plan approved

Plans to expand the McCain Foods (GB) potato processing factory in Eastfield (Scarborough) have been approved by planners last Thursday, clearing the way for the proposed £100m investment (USD 130 million). MORE


Boise researchers to develop an ‘extremely low cost’ sensor to detect rot in potato storage

In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of potatoes valued at between $550-$700 million. MORE


PVX Nanoparticles May Fight Cancer

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, have adapted virus particles—that normally infect potatoes—to serve as cancer drug delivery devices for mice. MORE


Savory Snacks Market to Grow 5.3% by 2021

The global savory snacks market will continue to grow at a CAGR of 5.37% during the period 2017-2021, according to the report “Global Savory Snacks Market 2017-2021”, by Research and Markets. MORE


Potato cartel caused Americans to pay nearly 50% more for potatoes

U.S. potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort to increase their profits, according to a report by California State University, Northridge business law professor Melanie Stallings Williams. MORE


Simplot seeks to sell GM potato products in New Zealand and Australia

JR Simplot has applied at FSANZ for approval to export genetically modified potato products into Australia and New Zealand. It is unclear what type of products this pertains to. MORE



Western Australia (WA) potato growers have been hit by a fresh disease scare, with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development warning farmers a new, aggressive bacteria had been detected. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North America Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola Rally Slows Down With Stronger C$

The ICE Futures Canada canola market ended lower due to action in the Canadian currency. The loonie was two thirds of a cent higher relative to its US counterpart, and this made canola less attractive to international buyers. MORE


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


Xtend soybeans expand options, but be dicamba-drift aware

New dicamba- and glyphosate-tolerant soybeans offer more weed control options and are another tool to address herbicide-tolerant weeds, but farmers need to take steps to avoid dicamba drift and spray tank residue, Manitoba officials say. MORE


Diamondback moths near threshold for canola, root rot in soybeans reported

Thistle caterpillar has been noted in some soybean and sunflower fields. Some levels of diamondback moth larvae approaching threshold have been noted in some canola fields in the southwest. MORE


Oilseeds see sharp gains despite bearish reports

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts climbed higher over the course of the week ended June 30, hitting their best levels in months, despite large North American oilseed acres confirmed by Statistics Canada and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. MORE


Prairie wheat, barley commissions’ single checkoffs set

The post-deregulation era of Prairie grain research and market development funding is cleared to begin, as the three Prairie provinces’ wheat and barley commissions have set new single checkoffs on Prairie wheat and barley, all starting Aug. 1. MORE


Soybeans, corn firm on weather view

Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures rallied 1.4 per cent on Friday on hotter and drier forecasts for important growing areas of the U.S. Midwest, traders said. MORE


Two states ban dicamba after drift complaints

Missouri joined Arkansas on Friday in banning the use and sale of dicamba after a rise in complaints that the herbicide is drifting into neighbouring fields and damaging crops, the states’ agriculture departments said Friday. MORE


AM markets: grains sizzle on US heat. Corn at 1-year high HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Saskatchewan sets new cougar, bear trapping seasons

Saskatchewan has set up a new cougar season for trappers, plus a southern expansion of its black bear trapping season, in part to help limit livestock predation. MORE


Toronto juice firm backed for ‘cold pasteurization’

A Toronto organic juice processor that bills itself as shunning conventional pasteurization for its products has picked up federal funding to develop a “new-to-Canada” way to extend their shelf life. MORE


Regular Updates


FCC Express – July 7 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 5 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, July 6 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation

From field to road…do you have employees that drive your trucks, but don’t have their licenses?

We are looking for experienced drivers that would like to obtain their Airbrakes and Class 3A license.

The PEI Agriculture Sector Council will be facilitating these two courses through JVI and Access.

This project will be processed through the Canada Job Grant and Skills PEI.

Draft Schedule:

Day 1- Airbrake theory

Day 2- Review of Airbrakes and Airbrake test (written on site), Preform a pre-use inspection

Day 3- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Day 4- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Requirements- must have valid truck driving experience, but not licensed & Medical completed and returned

Lunch will be provided

For more details on registration requirements, contact Laurie at 892-1091.

Registration is now open, limited seating available. To sign up, contact the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 892-1091 or e-mail


Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has been approved for a 2 year period.  Applications will be accepted starting April 26, 2017.

The program is designed to hire youth aged 15 to 30 for internships of up to 12 months.  It will be of interest to producers and organizations working in the agriculture industry and interested in implementing agriculture projects that are environmentally beneficial.

Producers operating a farm or ranch can hire a young person to implement an environmentally beneficial project in their operation.

Agricultural organizations, such as watershed groups and companies providing environmentally beneficial services can access the program to support an environmentally beneficial project their organization is implementing. Research organizations can receive funding to support their agricultural research that benefits the environment.

For an application form and more details on the program, please visit: Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative


Obsolete pesticide & animal health medication collections – November 6 – 17, 2017

Prince Edward Island from November 6 – 17, 2017.

Collection site locations and dates are available HERE.

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