Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

Sask. farmer and speaker wants more ethical farming, food practices

A farmer and former ethics professor says that industrial farming and food transport contribute 30 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that lead to “global storming” and uncertain weather events, such as flooding and droughts, that negatively impact farmers. MORE

 

Study finds organic’s sustainability ‘context-dependent’

When weighed for sustainability, the purported benefits and costs of organic agriculture can actually “vary heavily” from case to case, a new University of British Columbia study finds. MORE

 

A+W tightens standards for broiler suppliers’ barns

Canadian burger and root beer chain A+W has set up additional standards for broiler barns supplying chicken meat to its restaurants. 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

 

2017 Wireworm Research & Extension Seminar
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Red Shores Racetrack, Charlottetown

Will feature presentations by researchers conducting wireworm/click beetle research both locally and nationally.

Registration:  $20, includes buffet lunch at Top of the Park Restaurant

To register:  Contact Ryan Barrett at (902) 892-6551 or ryan@peipotato.org by March 22nd. 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.

 

Livestock

 

Cattle gain on higher beef prices, lower corn

U.S. cattle futures rose about one per cent on Friday, with feeder cattle extending gains to the third straight session as wholesale beef prices rose and corn prices fell. MORE

 

US Beef Engages Potential Market Opportunities at Gulfood 2017

Exploring opportunities for US beef and lamb, USMEF shared information about US products and connected exporters with potential customers during Gulfood 2017, the Middle East region’s largest food trade show. MORE

 

Canada Must Demonstrate Preparedness to Stand Up to US on Trade

A Canadian-based International Trade Consultant suggests Canada will need to clearly demonstrate it’s prepared to stand up to the United States when it comes to trade, Bruce Cochrane writes. MORE

 

Industry-wide Adoption of Canadian Pork Excellence Targeted to Begin January 2018

The Manager of Producer Services with Sask Pork is confident final changes to Canada’s new pork quality assurance programme will be completed in time to allow industry wide adoption to begin this coming January, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE

 

Council Commends HyLife for Recognition on Work With Newcomers to Canada

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) would like to congratulate Hylife Foods on being recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as one of the winners of the 2017 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment. MORE

 

Oklahoma wildfires kill thousands of pigs

Wildfires devastated a Smithfield Foods hog farm in Laverne, Oklahoma, killing at least several thousand pigs, company and local officials said Friday. MORE

 

Ongoing Rise in Pig Prices Due to Lack of Supply

The SPP has put on 0.35p to stand at 149.94p, German producer prices have risen €3 Cents, the Euro is up by 1.7 per cent to trade on Friday worth 87.41p, cull sows are +3p/kg and spot prices are also up by 2p – 4p/kg with most in the 152p – 155p range, writes Peter Crichton in his Traffic Lights commentary for 10 March 2017. MORE

 

A small sale yields favourable results

The Mar. 1 sheep and goat sale saw just 100 animals — including just three goats — arrive at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – March 9 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, March 10 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

GUARDING AGAINST DICKEYA

With clean seed recognized as the best defence against this new blackleg-causing pathogen, the demand for Dickeya testing is growing fast. MORE

 

EWG Dirty Dozen List Includes Potatoes
Potatoes are once again listed among the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce containing the most pesticide residues (relative to other produce).  The 2017 “Dirty” list, published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is designed as a “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce”. MORE

 

13th International Symposium for Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch kicks off
The 13th International Symposium for the International Society for Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) has kicked off in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. MORE

 

First Jersey Royals hit the UK market
The much prized Jersey Royals hit the market for the first time this week, just slightly later than the first crop last year. The potatoes are all from greenhouses or poly tunnels and there are still very limited volumes. MORE

 

Egyptian potatoes imported by Syria to tackle high prices
In order to ensure that the needs of the domestic market are met and to put an end to the dramatic increase of prices caused by the Syrian crisis, a batch of 5 thousand tonnes of Egyptian potatoes has been shipped and will be distributed in a number of provinces. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American grain/oilseed review: Canola declines into the weekend

ICE Futures Canada canola closed weaker on Friday, following US oilseeds lower. MORE

 

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

 

Veteran AAFC barley breeder Bill Legg retiring

Bill Legg, the plant breeder who developed AC Metcalfe, Western Canada’s most popular two-row malting barley for around 15 years, is retiring. MORE

 

Seven deadly sins of grain marketing

Not everyone enjoys marketing, but using these tips may make it more tolerable MORE

 

Soybeans extend slide on Brazil crop outlook

Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell to a two-month low on Friday as the ongoing harvest of a projected record-large Brazilian soy crop threatened U.S. export prospects, traders said. MORE

 

AM markets: soy holds firm, as grains, cotton extend losses HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Caterpillar says compliant with tax laws after IRS claim

Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it was compliant with tax laws, a week after federal law enforcement officials raided three of the company’s buildings in connection with a probe into the heavy machinery manufacturer’s offshore tax practices. MORE

 

Bayer, Monsanto start asset sale toward merger clearance

German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer and U.S. seeds company Monsanto are launching asset sales worth roughly US$2.5 billion as they seek regulatory clearance for their US$66 billion merger, people close to the matter said. MORE

 

A farm in Tuscany

Behind them lies the whole grandeur of the Tuscan countryside. Before them is Casanova, the farm that is the pride of them all. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Report – March 10 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – March 8 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Friday, March 10 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

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

 

2017 Wireworm Research & Extension Seminar
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Red Shores Racetrack, Charlottetown

Will feature presentations by researchers conducting wireworm/click beetle research both locally and nationally.

Registration:  $20, includes buffet lunch at Top of the Park Restaurant

To register:  Contact Ryan Barrett at (902) 892-6551 or ryan@peipotato.org by March 22nd. 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

 

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.