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

 

A career in agriculture: High school students pitch peers, and make some discoveries themselves

Who better to pitch high school students on careers in agriculture than high school students themselves? That’s the idea behind a new program called Gen Ag, short for Generation Agriculture. MORE

 

Summerside police say farm fire set deliberately

The Summerside Police Department is investigating after bales of hay were set on fire Friday morning at a farm in Summerside. MORE

 

Tomayto, tomahto? P.E.I. greenhouses take different approaches to blight resistant varieties

Greenhouses on P.E.I. are taking different approaches when it comes to what kind of tomato varieties they are offering their customers this season. MORE

 

Meat of the Matter: Are Canadian Babies Receiving Enough Iron?

A recent national survey revealed 70 per cent of Canadian mothers are unaware that babies six to 12 months need 11 mg of iron per day – that’s nearly 40 per cent more than is required of a full-grown man! 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

 

Cattle destined for grass going to auction instead

Prices for cattle at auction marts across Manitoba were sharply higher on the week, leading to an influx of cattle, touching “unheard of” levels in some areas, according to one local auctioneer. MORE

 

US Beef Exports Remain Strong

US pork and beef exports capped a strong first quarter with excellent March results that included a new record volume for pork, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. MORE

 

Largest Monthly Beef Export Volume Witnessed in March

US red meat and poultry exports were explosive in March, with both export volume and revenue up in double digits compared to year ago levels, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

CME live cattle limit down on profit-taking

Chicago Mercantile Exchange nearby live cattle futures on Friday finished down their three-cent daily price limit, hit by profit-taking after spiking this week to new highs, said traders. MORE

 

Cattle Trade Continues to Strengthen

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade continues to strengthen with strong demand for cattle from the factories, live exporters and also at the marts. MORE

 

Code Changes Impact Approach to Piglet Management

A Research Scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says changes to Canada’s Pig Code of Practice have resulted in changes to the timing of processing procedures for newly born piglets MORE

 

Response seen curbing PED spread from Manitoba case

The “quite early” catch and quick response for Canada’s latest outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), in a sow barn in Manitoba’s “hog alley,” are expected to keep a lid on the virus’ spread beyond the one site. MORE

 

Woman who gave water to pigs bound for slaughter not guilty of mischief

A Toronto woman who gave water to pigs on a truck headed to an abattoir didn’t break the law since she didn’t harm the animals or prevent them from being slaughtered, an Ontario judge ruled Thursday as he found the activist not guilty of a mischief charge. MORE

 

Value of US Pork Exported Higher Than Volume Shipped

US red meat and poultry exports were explosive in March, with both export volume and revenue up in double digits compared to year ago levels, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Record Volume for US Pork Exports in March

US pork and beef exports capped a strong first quarter with excellent March results that included a new record volume for pork, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. MORE

 

Another Positive Day for Pig Sellers

Another positive day for pig sellers with the SPP up by .37p to 156.53p and spot bacon also tending firmer with prices around 164p mark, and more in places, although German prices have hit something of a plateau and stood on this week, Peter Crichton reports in his “Traffic Lights” commentary for 5 May 2017. MORE

 

GB Pig Feed Production Down in Q1/2017

GB pig compound feed production for the first quarter of 2017, was 4 per cent lower than the same period in 2016 at 442,000 tonnes, according to latest data published by Defra, writes Millie Askew, AHDB analyst. MORE

 

Cherkizovo Group Still Russia’s Top Feed Producer

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, ranks first among Russia’s leading feed producers for the second consecutive year. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – May 4 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, May 5 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

Maritime potato harvest a pleasant surprise

The 2016 harvest in the country’s largest potato-producing province proved to be a pleasant surprise. MORE

 

Idaho Universities receive Grant to investigate Humigator in Potato Storage

A partnership involving Idaho State University and Boise State University has been awarded an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant. The funds are awarded to Idaho research universities to partner with industry leaders on projects that could lead to commercialization. MORE

 

Bob Evans Farms Completes the Acquisition of Pineland Farms Potato Company

Bob Evans Farms announced the completion of its previously announced sale of Bob Evans Restaurants to Golden Gate Capital for USD565m and the completion of its acquisition of Pineland Farms Potato Company, for the sum of USD115m. MORE

 

Universities win grant for environmental control for potato storage

A partnership involving Idaho State University and Boise State University has been awarded an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant. MORE

 

New potatoes: defying the weather with fleece and irrigation

Soon the new potato season will begin in Lower Saxony. On the Holste farm in Martfelt (Diepholz district) the harvest of delicious potatoes has already begun. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola climbs with stocks report and soyoil

The ICE Futures Canada canola market posted solid gains to end the week, propelled upwards by today’s Statistics Canada stocks report, fund buying and sharp advances in Chicago Board of Trade soyoil. MORE

 

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

 

1 million acres of 2016 crop still not fully harvested in Saskatchewan

About one million acres of crops planted in 2016 have yet to be fully harvested, says Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture. MORE

 

StatsCan data confirm tight canola supplies

Grain and oilseed stocks data released Friday from Statistics Canada were bullish for canola and wheat — though analysts suggest the effects of the report on the market may be short-lived. MORE

 

StatsCan sees higher corn and soy acres in Manitoba

Get ready to see more soybeans zipping by your truck window during trips to town this summer. MORE

 

Trade’s focus shifts to new-crop canola prospects

The ICE Futures Canada canola market went in two directions during the week ended April 28, with the July/November spread narrowing in considerably. MORE

 

Prairie wheat bids rise with action in U.S. futures

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada posted solid gains during the week ended April 28, taking strength from action in U.S. markets. MORE

 

Wheat, corn bounce on short-covering

U.S. wheat futures rose on Friday, supported by lingering concerns about crop damage in the U.S. Plains following a snow storm at the weekend. MORE

 

Camera-based spray system targets only weeds
Researchers at the University of Arizona are developing a camera-based spray system that will improve the accuracy of chemical applications to agricultural crops. MORE

 

Stocks of principal field crops, March 31, 2017 HERE

AM markets: grain futures ease at start of big data week HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

ChemChina clinches takeover of Syngenta

ChemChina has won more than enough support from Syngenta shareholders to clinch its US$43 billion takeover of the Swiss pesticides and seeds group, the two companies said Friday. MORE

 

Church & Dwight Acquires Agro BioSciences

Church & Dwight Co., Inc., the parent company of Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, is pleased to announce today it has acquired Agro BioSciences™, Inc. of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. MORE

 

Diversification: How to Brexit-Proof Your Business

So as everyone knows only too well by now, Brexit is happening, and for UK farmers, that will mean the end of the CAP. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Rayglen Market Comments – May 3 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – April 28 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, May 4 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