In partnership with PEI Agromart and Island Lime, the PEI Federation of Agriculture is pleased to offer a scholarship of $2,000 for the 2017/18 academic year.

Application deadline is June 1, 2017. Click here for the application form.

 

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

Farmers Urged to Prioritise Safety

Saskatchewan Agriculture is urging farmers to keep farm safety top of mind as work days get longer and the pressures of spring planting and field work increase MORE

 

AGRIS employee Darren Clark setting up a weather station 

There will be a huge boost in weather data for Southern Ontario because the number of collection stations is increasing from 80 to 400. MORE

 

My Mom: Raising Cows and Kids

I was often told also that I was not only lucky to be raised on a dairy farm, but to have that farm be owned and operated by my mom. MORE

 

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Job Opportunity

AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS OFFICER

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

Location: Charlottetown

FULL-TIME CLASSIFIED POSITION – (COMMENCING IMMEDIATELY)

Closing date – May 23, 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is committed to the sustainable development of the agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island. The purpose of this position is to provide a broad range of highly specialized technical services to the staff of the Sustainable Agriculture Section to support the delivery of professional agri-environmental and engineering services that ensure that our natural resources are used in a sustainable manner. This position will also provide key technical support to research that will lead to improved beneficial management practices and assist in the delivery of agri-environmental policy and programs. MORE

 

Farm Credit Canada – Job Opportunity

Passion for agriculture required

Manage relationships with local producers and be responsible for a developing loan portfolio. You’ll tailor financing packages to meet your customers’ needs, including both lending and non-lending products, and help them build success.

Job Title: Relationship Manager

Location: Charlottetown, PE

Closing date: May 19, 2017

Language required: English

Term: Permanent

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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

 

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/

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO:

Develop a process and identify suitable metrics to ultimately deliver a data set which definitively describes the economic, environmental and social effects of a robust organic agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island; link to detailed project description.

Please direct any inquiries to: Karen Murchison, PEI COPC Research Coordinator

email@organicpei.com or 902-894-9999

 

Livestock

 

Cash Fed Cattle Prices Down in W19/2017

After surging during late April and the first week of May, cash fed cattle prices declined last week by several dollars per cwt, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Corporate Area Retailers Report Lower Corned Beef Sales

There is a general view among some retailers contacted by the Jamaica Observer that sales of corned beef have declined, weeks after a ban that was placed on imports of the commodity into Jamaica was lifted. Corporate Area and St Catherine retailers have stated that not only has demand for the product gone down, but sales have been slow. MORE

 

Big Demand from China Boosts Aussie Beef Industry

Soaring demand for cattle from China is likely to bolster the Australian beef industry, analysts said. MORE

 

Multiple Options Available to Enrich Pigs’ Living Space

A Research Scientist Ethology with the Prairie Swine Centre says pork producers have a wide range of available options for meeting requirements under Canada’s Pig Code of Practice calling for enrichment of the living space MORE

 

CPC Addresses Trade in North America with Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Representatives from the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) were in Ottawa last week (Thursday, 11 May) to address the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade about trade in North America, particularly between Canada, the United States and Mexico. MORE

 

GB Pig Prices Continuing to Move Ahead

Although GB pig prices are continuing to move ahead, with the latest SPP rising by 1.29p to 157.82p, German producer prices have stood on and sow prices have slipped, writes Peter Crichton in his “Traffic Lights” commentary for 12 May 2017. MORE

 

Farmers in Need as Pork Prices Plummet

Farmers need to be rescued again as prices of yet another farm item collapses. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – May 11 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, May 12 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company. MORE

 

Potato harvest could be 25% lower due to impact of frosts

While the lack of rainfall had already become a serious problem for many rainfed and irrigated crops in Castile-Leon, heavy frosts in recent days have had a particular impact on crops such as potatoes, fruit trees, beets and on vineyards. MORE

 

Potato industry urges Trump to add potatoes to NAFTA renegotiations

In a letter to President Donald Trump, John Keeling, the National Potato Council’s (NPC) CEO, said the group “is strongly supportive of improving the conditions for trade that we confront with Canada and Mexico,” as NAFTA negotiations may take place. MORE

 

Washington potato producers to vote on marketing order

Washington potato producers will vote from June 9–23, 2017, on whether to continue the federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington. MORE

 

California New Potato Crop to Peak in June

With a bit less acreage than last year and an expected rain-related supply gap in late May, the new crop of potatoes from California’s Kern County should have a relatively strong marketing position even as they hit their peak in June. MORE

 

Processors in Europe Prepare for EUPPA Conference 2017

Potato processors are getting ready for the EUPPA Conference 2017 (May 24), Brussels, Belgium. The event will detail topics such as “European Potato Processing: Our vital contribution to the European economy and future aspirations”, “Achieving productivity growth, sustainably and responsibly, through innovation: EUPPA members’ success stories” and “Panel discussion – lessons for future”. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola up, but soybeans down

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were stronger on Friday, with the largest gains in the nearby July contract as concerns over tightening old crop supplies provided support. MORE

 

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

 

King canola, fewer cows, aging producers: Digging into the agriculture census

Fewer and slightly older Canadian producers are planting more cropland on larger farms and are making relatively stable profits. MORE

 

Visible Canadian canola stocks tighten

Canola supplies in commercial hands in Western Canada are tightening, with the latest Canadian Grain Commission weekly report showing only 1.05 million tonnes in the pipeline as of Sunday. MORE

 

Flax Council cautions on seed integrity

With the latest official acreage estimates showing a jump in flax acres across much of Western Canada, the Flax Council of Canada is urging caution. MORE

 

Give your insect friends a home

What do shelterbelts, pivot corners and field margins have in common? No, they’re not unprofitable or “wasted” areas. As natural habitats for beneficial insects, including pollinators and predators of crop pests, those non-cropped areas may be worth their square footage in gold. MORE

 

Commodity groups exploring merger

Five Manitoba commodity groups have signed a deal to spend the next year working towards a merger. MORE

 

Bullish stocks data from StatsCan lifts canola

The ICE Futures Canada canola market’s dominant July contract finished roughly $5 higher during the week ended May 5, after fund buying and a bullish stocks report lifted values out of their doldrums. MORE

 

Western wheat bids chop up and down

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada saw volatile action during the week ended May 5, ultimately ending mixed in the face of competing influences. MORE

 

Corn inches higher on weather uncertainty

U.S. corn futures firmed on Friday on light short-covering ahead of the weekend and uncertainty about planting weather in the Midwest, analysts said, while soybeans and wheat closed modestly lower. MORE

 

Cargill expects grain glut to last long time

Commodity firm Cargill expects international grain markets to remain oversupplied for a long time due to bountiful harvests and a rise in storage, the head of the global commodity trader said on Friday. MORE

 

AM markets: cotton hits contract highs, dodging ag malaise HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

As farmers worry, U.S. Agriculture Department will promote trade

As farmers fret over U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs. MORE

 

How climate change changed the way people cook in developing countries

When we think of climate change, images of natural disasters like wildfires and floods are usually the first ones that come to mind. MORE

 

U.S., China agree to first trade steps under 100-day plan

The U.S. and China have agreed to take action by mid-July to increase access for U.S. financial firms and expand trade in beef and chicken among other steps as part of Washington’s drive to cut its trade deficit with Beijing. MORE

 

Sino-US Deal Eases Access to Markets

China and the US have reached a new deal that will ease market access in agriculture, financial services and energy, marking both sides’ willingness to advance the trade relationship and alleviating fears of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Rayglen Market Comments – May 10 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – May 12 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, May 11 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

Trade Team PEI Business Mission to South Korea

When:   May 15, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Where:   Seoul, South Korea

Innovation PEI, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are seeking interest from PEI-based enterprises and organizations to participate in a multi-sector Business Mission to South Korea during the week of May 15-19, 2017. MORE

This mission will serve to enhance existing export relationships, provide opportunities for market expansion while at the same time providing an exceptional opportunity to introduce companies to this strong market. Korea is the 13th largest economy in the world and is one of the largest importing countries on the planet. P.E.I.’s exports to Korea in 2016 were almost $15 million and Canadian products/suppliers are much sought after for our high quality and reputation to deliver. This mission will be of particular interest to companies in the professional services, ICT, clean tech, education, manufacturing and food sectors. The customization of each delegate’s business development program to advance their mission-week and market objectives will be a core feature of this initiative.

During this week the Seoul Food and Hotel Show will be taking place offering mission participants a chance to see first-hand the breadth of product offering and to gather key market intelligence. While there is a Canada pavilion at this event, P.E.I. will not have a booth at the show for this year. Participants will be able to walk the show. However we will also be exploring this opportunity for future years. For details on the Seoul Hotel and Food Show visit http://www.seoulfoodnhotel.co.kr/

For more information on this mission and to express your interest in participating, please contact either of these mission leads by email or by phone:

Scott Ferris – Innovation PEI scferris@gov.pe.ca or (902) 368-5952 or Jeff Burry – ACOA Jeff.Burry@canada.ca or (902) 314-2197