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 jmurphy@peifa.ca to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

‘We’re dealing with an unknown’: P.E.I. manufacturers meet ahead of NAFTA negotiations

With upcoming negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the Trump administration, the P.E.I. government brought in the province’s top manufacturers Wednesday to hash out their concerns about the potential outcomes of those talks. MORE

 

Government of Canada invests in Research to Reduce Methane Gas Emissions in Cattle

Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain their farms from one generation to the next. They also know that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand. MORE

 

Ontario farmers become pollinator champions
Working with experts from the University of Guelph and Farms at Work, four farmers in the Lower Thames and Kettle Creek watersheds have become pollinator champions by enhancing pollinator habitat on their farms. MORE

 

Past greats, future leaders honoured at CAA awards

Lyall Edgerton of Souris could be on a beach enjoying his retirement, but he’s not quite ready to give up on the Angus-breeding business, despite a half-century in the industry. MORE

 

TPP Minus US Offers Tremendous Opportunity for Canada

The President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance suggests the prospects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership moving forward without the participation of the United States presents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian agriculture 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 www.peifa.ca/efp/

 

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.

 

Livestock

 

CME live cattle limit up on cash prices

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts on Wednesday settled up the three cents per pound daily price limit, driven by fund buying and futures’ discounts to stronger-than-expected cash prices, said traders. MORE

 

Strong Demand for Meat Products Feeds Back Into Wholesale Prices

In yesterday’s Daily Livestock Report we stated: “With production increasing, foreign demand for pork items will likely remain a key to hog prices,” writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 6 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

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

 

Potatoes

 

Innate Acreage Low in Canada

This year’s Canadian acreage of J.R. Simplot’s genetically engineered Innate potato will be “very small” to nonexistent, according to a company spokesperson. MORE

 

Online Climate Data Benefits Producers

Are you a grower who wants to keep better track of the climate conditions around you? There’s an app for that. MORE

 

10,900 year-old rare potatoes found

Out-of-the-ordinary archaeological finds never fail to fascinate us as we dig into the past – like the prehistoric potato granules unearthed in Utah, which experts say could be up to 10,900 years old. MORE

 

Researchers develop low cost sensor to detect rot in potato storage

In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of potatoes valued at between $550-$700 million. MORE

 

This Dewulf potato harvester harvests Puikula near the Arctic Circle

A 22-year-old Dewulf R3000S 2-row, self-propelled potato harvester, harvests recently in the Finnish Lapland. The machine harvests 70 km South of the Arctic Circle and is the most northern Dewulf harvester in the world. MORE

 

Research on potato varieties that better adapt to climate change

The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, NEIKER-Tecnalia, a public entity under the Vice Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government, has closed a research project on the potato varieties that best adapt to the expected conditions of climate change, with prospects of reduced rainfall and more extreme temperatures of heat and cold. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola down, but beans up

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were weaker on Monday, as bearish chart signals weighed on values. MORE

 

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

 

Feed barley down, malt demand up

Livestock producers are finding feed alternatives, while exports of malt barley are increasing MORE

 

Better nitrogen efficiency, now and in the future

Increasing yields while applying the same or less nitrogen is good for farmers and the environment. MORE

 

Corn falls four per cent after USDA data

U.S. corn futures fell four per cent on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its U.S. old- and new-crop corn ending stocks forecasts more than most analysts expected. MORE

 

AM markets: bears win the battle. But what about the war? HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Can equipment makers do more to make a greener machine?

Major technological breakthroughs designed to reduce the carbon footprint of diesel engine emissions may not be coming any time soon. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

CFA in Action July 12 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 7 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 12 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, July 12 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation
***UPDATE–WE ARE NOW TAKING NAMES FOR OTHER DATES THAT MAYBE OFFERED FOR 3A TRAINING IF INTERESTED PLEASE GET YOUR NAME ON A WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT TRAINING SESSIONS!! WE MAYBE OFFERING SESSIONS IN JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER***

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 info@peiagsc.ca

 

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.