Local, Regional, Canadian News
February Member Profile – Joel and Amy Van Gurp – HERE
The recent 76th Annual General Meeting was a great success on a number of fronts, but as always we would like to improve for next year. Please take a moment to complete this SURVEY to give us feedback, even if you did not attend, we’d like to know why and what might bring you out to the AGM in the future. Thanks! SURVEY
Egg board directors re-elected
Most of the Ontario egg marketing board directors are winning zone elections again this winter. MORE
2017 Prince Edward Island Potato Day
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Credit Union Place – Summerside, PEI
Please pre-register by February 10, 2017 by contacting 1-866-734-3276
Registration Fee: $20
Buffet Lunch will be held at Credit Union Place – Summerside, PEI MORE
PEI ALUS Program Reviewing Payment Rates
The Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program is undertaking a review of payment rates paid to Island farmers/landowners. Surveys have been mailed to all ALUS program clients for feedback. In addition, a digital version of the survey has been created. If you are a client of the ALUS program and haven’t completed your survey yet, you can do so by following the link below. The survey will be available online until February 23.
The link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALUSclientsurvey3
AHDB Webinar to Focus on Meat Sectors’ Preparation to Quit EU
The outlook for the English beef, lamb and pork sectors as the UK prepares to quit the EU will be the focus of an AHDB webinar this month. MORE
USMEF Sees Strong Potential for Further Export Growth
Oscar Ferrara, PhD, joined the USMEF in early January as the organisation’s new regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. MORE
Koreans Found to Consume More Foreign Beef
South Koreans consumed more American and other foreign beef than expensive local beef last year, a move that has lowered the country’s self-sufficiency rate for beef to below 40 per cent over 13 years, a state-run think tank said Thursday. MORE
What’s happening with eBEEF?
Since the last newsletter posted June 2016 the eBEEF team has been developing and posting additional factsheets and developing additional FAQ videos that will be uploaded soon. MORE
Nearly 4,000 pigs killed in barn fire in southwestern Ontario, police investigate
Nearly 4,000 pigs were killed when a fire destroyed a large barn in southwestern Ontario. MORE
Increase in Employed Workers in Swine Barns Prompts Changes in Extension
The Industry Development Specialist Swine with Manitoba Agriculture says the role of extension in swine production has changed in response to an increase in the ratio of employees to owners working in swine barns, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE
Planned NAFTA Renegotiation Creates Uncertainty in Pork Markets
H@ms Marketing Services warns any disruption in US pork exports to Mexico as a result of the planned renegotiation of NAFTA, will negatively affect North American live hog markets, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Are Pointing Upwards
The ups and downs of pig prices seem to be characteristic of the European pig slaughter market at the beginning of this year, 2017. This current week of slaughter shows upward prices again. Many quotations are increasing, even if at various levels. MORE
Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – January 26 – HERE
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Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, February 1 HERE
What It All Means – Interpreting post-harvest test results
Seed certification is a quality control program that consists of a number of components intended to ensure that specified quality standards are met. One of the more important of these components is post-harvest testing. Post-harvest testing may consist of an off-season grow-out in the field or greenhouse, laboratory testing, or some combination of these. MORE
BENEFITS OF PROPER SEED POTATO HANDLING AND SHIPPING
In the springtime shipping rush, the organizing, grading, shipping and occasional crisis managing that define seed potato sales can make even the most seasoned producer frustrated. MORE
STORAGE 101: WHY HUMIDITY MATTERS
Maintaining proper humidity in one’s bin or shed is a critical component of tuber storage. MORE
A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED
Managing Your Packaging Supply Chain
Two supply chains converge in potato packing facilities: a produce chain and a packaging chain. MORE
Field Peas show promise in Maine Potato Crop Rotation Research
In the search for a third rotation crop for potatoes, trials at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle are showing some promise for field peas, a crop that once had a successful run in the region until the 1970s. MORE
McCain to Close Stores in Scarborough, UK
McCain Foods has informed its employees of proposed changes to the dry and cold store operations at its Scarborough facility. MORE
Reducing Swiss Potato Waste
Worldwide about a third of all food gets lost before it reaches our stomachs. For Swiss potatoes this is even more – half of the total harvest. MORE
Vietnam potato industry will continue
The cliché of Asian agriculture is endless fields with rice. But there is literally and figuratively speaking room for the potato. MORE
AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE
USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE
North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola Up With Soybeans
ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were up on Wednesday, seeing a correction after posting losses the previous five sessions. MORE
ICE Futures Canada Wednesday: Canola futures prices higher, barley unchanged
Federal forecast sees more oilseed acres, less in grains
Canadian farmers are expected to cut back the summerfallow allocation and put more acres in production this spring, planting more of those acres in oilseeds and fewer in grains and pulses. MORE
Phosphorus program aims to reduce Lake Erie nutrients
Henry Denotter’s farms near Kingsville, Ont. are close to the Wigle Creek, which flows into Lake Erie and takes with it any residues it pulls from nature and farmers’ fields. MORE
Corn/soy price ratio favours soybean acres, analyst says
Most underpinnings for higher corn, soybean and wheat prices appear to have fallen away — leaving biodiesel the only area that could drive higher prices. MORE
Soybeans rally on export demand, fund buying
U.S. soybean futures rose on Wednesday on commodity fund buying at the start of a new month along with fresh export demand, analysts said. MORE
Soy, corn expected to move steady to lower
Despite a divergence in the two markets on the week, Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and corn are expected to shift back into step, moving sideways to lower in short-term trade, one U.S. analyst says. MORE
Canola pointed lower
ICE Futures Canada canola contracts saw a bit of a corrective bounce on Wednesday but their overall trend remains pointed lower, with the winter highs possibly in for now, according to an analyst. MORE
AM markets: will ‘whexit’ spur another wheat price surge? HERE
PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE
Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE
Meet in the boardroom
Change Makers: A two-pronged plan helped Stokes Seeds grow its business, despite strong personalities within the family MORE
7 steps to better business
Learning how to adapt boardroom strategies to the farm could earn you the best of both worlds MORE
How to evaluate a diesel engine
Knowing what to check will give a good indication of an engine’s overall condition. MORE
Big data and agriculture markets: Part 3
Options-based strategies can help get more out of a chaotic market filled with randomness and unpredictability MORE
Women lead battle to save Senegal’s shrinking farmland
Female-led work is vital to rural communities in Senegal — now women are organizing to lead the fight against multinational agribusiness MORE
tna Celebrates 35 Years
tna, a leading supplier of food processing and packaging solutions, celebrates 35 years of developing food equipment solutions on the market. MORE
Rayglen Market Comments – February 1 HERE
FCC Express – January 27 HERE
Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – January 27 HERE
Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, February 1 HERE
AgWeather Atlantic HERE
Today’s Local Weather – HERE
Meetings and Events
In-Person Consumer Consultations on Food Labelling Modernization
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada want to hear from everyday consumers like you.
We are holding in-person discussions to get your perspective on proposals to modernize food labelling in Canada and would like to talk about:
- Labelling information that is important to you
- Proposed improvements to food label information and legibility, and;
- Enhancements to the ways consumers get information on label claims or statements
There is no cost to register. Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to attend. Prior knowledge of food labelling is not required.
In-person consumer sessions will be held in the following cities:
- St-John’s, NL February 3, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (English)
2ND ANNUAL ATLANTIC YOUNG FARMER TRAINING EVENT
Those who register for both events will receive a 15% discount.
Bridging the Gap: Succession & Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families!
February 9th and 10th
Glengarry Hotel – Truro, Nova Scotia
Innovate for Value Chain Management
February 10th and 11th
Dalhousie Agricultural Campus – Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
Atlantic 4R Nutrient Stewardship Training
Fertilizer Canada’s Nutrient Stewardship training courses help you understand the economic, social, and environmental advantages of 4R practices and how these can be implemented on Canadian farms.
-Participants will receive certification after course completion
**Note: Only the first 30 participants to RSVP will be accepted
-Please send your RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (613)-786-3032
February 22, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Westmorland Room, Crowne Plaza 1005 Main St, Moncton, NB
Atlantic Farm Women Conference
April 28 & 29 at the Delta Halifax, N.S.
Register before March 31 registration fee is $90 plus you will be entered to win your conference registration free. After March 31, registration will be $115.
Agenda on line: http://atlanticfarmwomen.weebly.com/agenda.html
Attention: Class A Pesticide Applicator Certificate Holders
To renew your pesticide applicator certificate there are three options available for you:
First Option: Renewal of your certificate by receiving Continuing Education Credits.
Second Option: Take a one day training course & write the two hour exam.
Third Option: Make an appointment to come in and write the two hour exam.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will be offering two different training days
Day A and Day B. You are required to attend one Day A and one Day B over the five year re-certification period. Only one day per calendar year can be credited.
Day A – Topics covered: General Information, Regulations, Environmental Safety, and Application Technology.
Day B – Topics covered: Emergency Response, Labeling, Professionalism, Traceability, Integrated Pest Management, and Human Health and Safety.
Your current Pesticide Applicator Certificate will remain valid until the expiry date printed on your certificate. New Class A certificates will now all have an expiry date of March 31. The fee payable for a new 5-year certificate is $75.
When you have met the requirements to renew your license, you will be mailed an application form for renewal of your Pesticide Applicator Certificate. Should you fail to attend both of these training sessions prior to the expiry date on your current Certificate, you will need to successfully complete the written examination to obtain a new certificate.
The 2017 training schedule is as follows:
February 21, 2017 Lane’s Riverhouse Inn, Montague
March 14, 2017 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
February 22,2017 Lanes Riverhouse Inn, Montague
March 16, 2017 Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. All information sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be completed by 4:00 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is a
$ 25. fee to offset this cost.
To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154.
Should you have questions or require additional detail, please do not hesitate to contact Shelley Ployer at (902) 368-4154 or via e-mail at email@example.com
You can also renew your license by attending a one day training course and writing the exam at the end of the day (there is no cost to attend this course). This training course is designed to refresh your memory and prepare you for writing the exam. It DOES NOT provide you with any certification days. There is no cost to write the exam. The cost for a 5 year Pesticide Applicator Certificate is $75.
The 2017 training schedule for the one day course followed by writing the exam is as follows:
February 22, 2017 Loyalist Inn, Summerside March 15, 2017 Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Training sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. and are completed by 3:30 p.m. The exam will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154.
You can make an appointment to write the two hour exam by calling Debbie MacRae at
(902) 368-5024 or Thane Clarke at (902) 368-5599 at the Department of Communities, Land and Environment in Charlottetown. The cost is the same, $75.