Thursday – August 3, 2017


August Member Profile – Phillip Jennings III and John MacSwain  HERE


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



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


Farmers Helping Farmers annual fundraising steak barbecue

Saturday Aug 12 from 4-6:30.

Tickets $30. Tickets available at Riverside Market, PEIFA office or from board members.

Call 902-393-0071


Recommended Management Practices for Agricultural Irrigation Ponds

Agriculture is the largest contributor of any resource sector to the economy of Prince Edward Island.  Rainfall patterns have changed in recent years and in some cases, some farmers are interested in irrigating crops to ensure yield and quality. MORE


Poor weather hitting raspberry crop

Some P.E.I. raspberry growers say this year has not been good for the berries. MORE


Results of P.E.I. agriculture evaluation now available online

The results of an evaluation and consultation process to help develop programs and policies for the future success of P.E.I.’s agriculture industry are now available online. MORE


P.E.I. groups purchase food for Kenyan students, but more help needed

Farmers Helping Farmers and the Souris Village Feats have stepped in to provide food to six drought-stricken schools in Kenya that are twinned with P.E.I. schools. MORE


Dairy sector gets funds for technology, less import control than hoped

The Canadian dairy sector got good and bad news yesterday. MORE



The Bee Health Roundtable recently published two documents related to honey bee health MORE


Abbotsford approves bid for removing farmland protection

Abbotsford City Council voted in favour of removing land from the Agricultural Land Reserve Tuesday, despite opposition from farmers. MORE


Manitoba’s golden years for agriculture

Canada 150: The two decades following the Second World War saw massive changes to Manitoba farms, and the following years those changes continued unabated MORE


Statement from DFC in reaction to government’s Dairy Farm Investment Program

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the administrative details of the $250 million Dairy Farm Investment Program that will be implemented to mitigate some of the negative impact on Canada’s dairy farmers coming as a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). MORE


ACORN AGM & Speaker Series

Location: Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Centre

Mount Allison University

62 York Street/62 Rue York

Sackville, NB

August 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00PM/13h00-16h00

BBQ/Potluck to follow at/à suivre 4:30PM/16h30 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.





No matter how excellent your product, your business will only be as successful as the customer service you offer. Though that sentence is so often repeated it’s become cliché, it is also absolute reality. For seed potato growers, offering excellent customer service means anticipating and meeting all of a customer’s needs, from reliable product to knowledgeable answers to seed quality verifications and regulatory requirements. MORE


Beef Export Sales to NAFTA Countries Up 7%

Predictably retail beef features declined in the second half of July and this likely contributed to the down trend in the value of the cutout, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


Live cattle futures climb on cash price discount

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures climbed higher on Wednesday, driven by short-covering and futures’ discounts to early-week cash prices, traders said. MORE


China’s Beef Producers Worried About Price Decline of Domestic Beef

As part of the 100-day action plan inked during President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump’s meeting in Florida in April, China is once again allowing imports of US beef. MORE


IFA Welcomes Resolution on ICBF Funding

IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA welcomed the agreement reached between the Department of Agriculture, ICBF and tag suppliers in relation to the funding of ICBF, announced by Minister Creed this week. MORE


Manitoba Pork Confident PED can be Eradicated

The Chair of Manitoba Pork says, eradicating Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea from the province will be a challenge but he’s confident it can happen MORE


Support for NAFTA Remains Strong Despite Trade Irritants

Bruce Cochrane reports that Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says, despite the contentious issues surrounding trade among Canada, the United States and Mexico, support for continuation of the North American Free Trade agreement remains strong within the agriculture sector. MORE


UK Pig Meat Production in H2/2017 Lower Than Previously Expected?

The “July Pig Meat Outlook” review is now available, assessing the accuracy of the UK pig meat production and trade forecasts produced in April, Bethan Wilkins, AHDB Pork analyst reports. MORE


Modular chicken loading means processor, farmer investment

Benefits include improved animal welfare and better workplace safety MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 27 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, August 2 HERE




State FFA officers experience many aspects of Michigan agriculture, including potatoes
For the fifth year the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) co-sponsored the Michigan FFA Business & Industry Tour in cooperation with Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture. This year’s tour focused on the Saginaw valley and thumb regions of Michigan and included various aspects of potato production, potato equipment manufacturing and potato processing along with a variety of other agricultural enterprises. MORE


The Little Potato Company Celebrates the Official Grand Opening of its New Processing Facility in DeForest Wisconsin

The Little Potato Company celebrated the official grand opening of its new U.S. processing facility in DeForest, near Madison, Wisconsin on July 27, 2017 MORE


McCain Foods appoints Max Koeune as President and CEO as Dirk Van de Put leaves for Mondelēz International

McCain Foods Limited’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Max Koeune to the role of President and CEO effective November 1st, 2017. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola Rises Amid Dryness Concerns

The ICE Futures Canada canola market posted gains on Wednesday, propped up by ideas the crop was oversold after yesterday’s steep losses. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Wednesday: Canola prices higher, barley unchanged HERE


Malt barley outlook promising, but harvest quality will be key

Many questions remain about Western Canada’s malt barley crop, but many analysts appear to expect at least an adequate harvest. MORE


Soybean, corn market futures await USDA data

Improving Midwestern weather forecasts weighed on soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade during the week ended August 2, with all eyes now turning to upcoming USDA data. MORE


Corn, soy firm on bargain-buying after one-month lows

U.S. corn and soybean futures firmed on Wednesday, rebounding from one-month lows set in both commodities a day earlier, but outlooks for improved weather for U.S. crops continued to keep prices in check. MORE


Senators Seek to Ban Chlorpyrifos

A group of U.S. senators has filed a first-of-its-kind bill in Congress that would require the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, the active ingredient in Lorsban and other insecticides that are used in a number of row and orchard crops. MORE


Millions May Face Protein Deficiency Due to Human-caused CO2 Emissions

If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5 per cent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops, according to new findings from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. MORE


AM markets: wheat growers walk side by side with Mr Trump HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Bunge leaves door open to selling itself, cuts 2017 forecast

Bunge Ltd kept the door open on Wednesday to a sale of the company as it reported a 34 percent drop in quarterly earnings and cut its full-year outlook, but its chief executive officer predicted a grains market rebound that would reverse the slide. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 28 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – August 2 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, August 2 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Open House on Prince Edward Island

Join us as we celebrate 150 years of agriculture and showcase agricultural research and innovation at the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre on Prince Edward Island.

August 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 1200 Brackley Point Road Harrington, Prince Edward Island MORE


Farmers Helping Farmers annual fundraising steak barbecue

Saturday Aug 12 from 4-6:30.

Tickets $30. Tickets available at Riverside Market, PEIFA office or from board members.

Call 902-393-0071


ACORN AGM & Speaker Series

Location: Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Centre

Mount Allison University

62 York Street/62 Rue York

Sackville, NB

August 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00PM/13h00-16h00

BBQ/Potluck to follow at/à suivre 4:30PM/16h30 MORE


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



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


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.