19th Annual Golf Tournament *** Please Register soon!!

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


Local, Regional, Canadian News


Potato farmers ‘more vigilant’ about fields after tampering

Despite concerns over tampering, producers optimistic about this season’s crop MORE


Federal election calls for agriculture platforms

While agricultural issues don’t usually dominate federal election campaigns that could change this time around. MORE


Two more Alberta counties declare state of agriculture disaster due to drought

Another couple of counties in Alberta have declared a state of agriculture disaster due to heat and drought. MORE




U.S. livestock: CME live cattle close mixed, hogs lower

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle settled mixed on Wednesday after investors bought the August contract and sold deferred months prompted by the morning’s wholesale beef price increase, traders said. MORE


Canadian Angus Bred to Beat the Heat

Cloned animals with white hair and black skin have more chances to overcome sun attacks, a Canadian initiative has discovered. MORE


Activists squealing about Quebec pig contest, say it abuses animals

Animal-rights groups are squealing about an annual contest in a small Quebec town that features participants trying to grab greased pigs MORE


Manitoba Pork Optimistic over Canada’s Participation in TPP

The chair of Manitoba Pork remains confident Canada will be a full participant in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review – Canola Dips With Vegetable Oil

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market was lower in light-volume trade, as losses in Chicago soyoil and Malaysian palm oil weighed on values. MORE


GRAINS -Hesitant market awaits more clues on crop weather

U.S. grain and soybean futures were little changed on Thursday as the market weighed up short-term weather risks to crops against a broader picture of ample global supply. MORE


ICE weekly outlook: Canola rises ahead of USDA report

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Wednesday, as traders began to position themselves in anticipation of a U.S. report due out Aug. 12. MORE


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soy to weaken as harvest nears

Short-term corn and soybean futures have been bouncing due to dryness in the eastern U.S. corn belt, but as crops move into harvest, prices will likely fall, according to Brian Rydlund, market analyst at CHS Hedging Inc. MORE


U.S. grains: Prices advance on crop, weather worries

Informa lifts U.S. soybean production forecast MORE


Farm Bureau: Grain farm incomes expected to drop significantly in 2015

US – Grain farmers should brace for a drop in net incomes this year as the prices for corn, soybeans and wheat have fallen significantly from recent years, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. MORE


9 Tips to Prevent a Fire During Harvest

Any time you expose dry, flammable material to hot mufflers, worn-out bearings and electrical wiring, there’s a risk of starting a fire where there shouldn’t be one. MORE


General Interest


Australia to adopt mandatory COOL

Country has designed its own country-of-origin labels for consumers MORE


Cultivating Future Farmers — Farm Management Canada Announces Second Ag Excellence Conference

Farm Management Canada is set to host the newly relaunched Agriculture Excellence Conference in Regina, Sask., this November 25-27, 2015. MORE and MORE


Regular Updates


ACORN E-News – August 2015 HERE

CFA in Action – Aug 4 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, August 5 HERE

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

AM markets: palm hits 11-month low, leading oilseeds lowerHERE

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


Farmers Helping Farmers – Celebrating 35 Years – Annual Beef Barbeque

August 8th 4:00 – 6:30 – Harrington Research Station – 1200 Brackley Pt. Rd.

$30.00 Adult and $10.00 for children 12 yo and under. Tickets available at PEIFA office and Riverview Mrket.


Sprayer Drift Test and Droplet Test Demonstration

Aug 10 – 447 Blue Shank Rd, Wilmot Valley (look for sign across from John Hogg’s farm) – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

More information on the AIM command spray system to be demonstrated is available HERE


19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


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


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: rowe@pei.sympatico.ca  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:

8th and 9th – Stratford

11th and 12th – Stratford       22nd and 23rd – Summerside

27th and 28th – Stratford

Dates for September:

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