Farm equipment dealers featured

The West Prince Tired Iron Antique Club is in an enviable situation.

They recently took possession of the first 100 copies of their new book on the history of Prince County farm machinery dealers, past and present. MORE


East Prince potato farmers size up GPS-controlled sprayer

Aim Command reduces pesticide use, but costs at least $20K MORE


Cannabis plants won’t affect farmers’ crops, pocketbooks

Nature’s Crops International says fields won’t have to be destroyed MORE


Old Home Week, celebration of P.E.I. agriculture, underway

The 127th Old Home Week begins in Charlottetown Thursday. MORE




CME: US Meat Export Volumes Down

International trade is a hot topic in the protein markets, and with good reason, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle slump on fund selling, cash unease

Feeder cattle close weak, hogs finish higher MORE


Cattle Outlook: Strong Dollar, High Beef Prices Having Negative Impact

The strong dollar and high US beef prices are having a negative impact on US international beef trade. During the first half of 2015, beef imports were up 36.9 per cent and beef exports were down 9.4 per cent, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, University of Missouri. MORE


Christensen Farms Takes Action Over Animal Abuse Claims

Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. has suspended seven of its employees and is conducting a full internal investigation after learning of possible improper animal care at one of the company’s Minnesota hog facilities. MORE




GRAINS-Soybeans firm, but USDA production estimates caps gains

U.S. soybeans rose on Thursday, rebounding from losses of more than 6 percent in the previous session when prices touched a two-month low, although a surprise forecast for ample supply provided a ceiling to gains. MORE


North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Bearish USDA report weighs on futures

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were down sharply on Wednesday, hitting their weakest levels in two months as traders reacted to a bearish USDA production report. MORE


ICE weekly outlook: Canola drop may spur fresh demand

ICE Futures Canada canola futures dropped sharply on Wednesday as the market reacted to a surprisingly bearish U.S. Department of Agriculture report and resulting losses in soybeans. MORE


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soybeans face uncertain future

Chicago corn and soybeans both suffered heavy losses during the week ended Wednesday, as a supply and demand survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected better-than-expected harvests. MORE


U.S. grains: Soy, corn tumble after USDA hikes U.S. yield forecasts

Wheat also down after USDA raises U.S., world stocks view MORE


USDA sees bumper corn, soy crops despite floods

U.S. corn and soybean harvests were pegged above expectations this year as strong yields in areas west of the Mississippi River will make up for problems caused by excessive rains in eastern production states, the government said Wednesday. MORE


US potato industry tackling sales losses
The U.S. potato industry likes to describe its product as “America’s favorite vegetable.” But the industry faces major challenges in maintaining that popularity, as well as great opportunities to increase foreign sales and consumption of spuds. MORE


Ireland’s potato acreage down 12% in 2015
Ireland’s potato acreage is down 12% year-on-year, according to Teagasc’s John Pettit. MORE


General Interest


Saskatchewan mulls input after consultations on farmland ownership laws end

Saskatchewan won’t impose restrictions on Canadians who want to buy farms in the province, but the provincial government isn’t ruling out anything else as it considers whether to change the laws governing farmland ownership, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said Wednesday. MORE


Scientists working to make fried potatoes healthier
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working to reduce the potential harm of a trace chemical found in fried potatoes and other foods that has been linked to cancer. MORE


FAO Food Price Index at six year low

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.6 points in July 2015, down 1.7 points (1.0 percent) from June and almost 40 points (19.4 percent) less than in July 2014. MORE


GMO labelling may not discourage consumers: Vermont study

Study finds labelling actually increased 
support in some demographic groups MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly Michigan Potato Report – Aug 12 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – Aug 12 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, August 12 HERE

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

PM markets: Grain prices collapse on ‘historic’ Wasde dataHERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


PEI Organic Hemp Seed Field Day

August 17, Various locations

Hosted by the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative (COPC), will include presentations from the main buyer in eastern Canada (eastern Quebec),  a plant breeder from Ontario who is working on Island-adapted varieties, a successful Saskatchewan organic hemp farmer, and on collaborative trials at the AAFC Harrington Research Station. There will also be a visit to a 10 acre field trial in one of our members’ fields. Free to attend and all are welcome! See HERE for more details and to confirm your participation.


Workshop: The Use of Micro-Organisms in Organic Farming

August 18th, 6:30 pm at the Farm Centre (420 University Ave., Charlottetown), Room 107 MORE


PEI Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair

August 26 – 30, 2015 MORE


Intergenerational Transfer of Woodlots Seminar

September 17th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Farm Center;420 University Avenue; Charlottetown

This seminar is FREE to all members of the PEI Woodlot Owners Association. Please contact John Rowe:  or phone – 902-940-1933 – to pre-register. MORE


First Aid and CPR courses

The PEIFA is offering First Aid and CPR courses through Island First Aid Services for $70+hst. The courses are 2 days in length and are good for 3 years. If you have several people needing training in your workplace courses can also be arranged at the farm for a minimum of 8 people. For further information on these courses or any other training opportunities please contact Charlotte at the PEIFA office 902-368-7289.

Dates for August:

22nd and 23rd – Summerside            27th and 28th – Stratford

Dates for September:

12th and 13th – Stratford                   14th and 15th – Stratford