Charlottetown Salvation Army in need of potatoes

40 families use the Salvation Army’s food bank twice a week MORE


Crapaud Exhibition runs this weekend

The 62nd annual Crapaud Exhibition takes place Friday to Sunday, shining the spotlight on a variety of aspects of rural living. MORE


Harper Government Establishes Market Access for Beef to Ukraine

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast, announced today that the Government of Canada has opened the Ukrainian market for beef (from cattle under 30 months) and ready-to-eat meat. This new market access marks a significant milestone for Canada following the lifting of Ukraine’s ban on Canadian beef products in 2014. Ukraine’s global imports of beef products in 2014 were $17.1 million. MORE




U.S. Livestock: CME live cattle again sag to 13-month low as beef demand fades

Feeder cattle extends losses, hogs rally, Oct up 3-cent limit MORE


Ukraine opens to more Canadian beef imports

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast have announced the Ukrainian market has opened for beef from cattle under 30 months of age and ready-to-eat meat. MORE


Pasture, Hay Stocks Supporting US Herd Rebuild

Adequate precipitation is allowing for pasture recovery across much of the central and eastern US, adding to an improved forage picture. MORE


Antimicrobial resistance in cattle means big changes coming

An alarming rise in resistance even has drug companies calling for producers to change their ways MORE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review – Canola Ekes Out Minor Gains

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market chalked up minor gains Wednesday, due to currency issues and technicals. The Canadian dollar was weaker against its American counterpart, which made canola more attractive to international buyers. MORE


GRAINS-U.S. corn near 3-week low, soybeans rise for third day

Chicago corn lost more ground on Thursday, falling for the fourth out of five sessions, and was trading near a three-week low as benign weather across the U.S. Midwest raised hopes of bumper production. MORE


U.S. grains: Improving weather view pressures U.S. corn, soy, wheat

Soybean contracts fall on improving crop conditions MORE


Harvest early in southern Alberta where drought not as big a threat

An agriculture spokesman says crops in the Lethbridge region of southern Alberta are ahead of schedule despite drought elsewhere in the province. MORE


Washington and Oregon Potato Growers Nervous about Hot and Dry Conditions

Fresh-market potato growers in Washington and Oregon may not know what their 2015-16 crop will look like until they start harvesting, which should be a week or two earlier than usual. MORE


Ireland: Potential for salad potato production growth
Salad potato production is a potential growth area within the Irish tillage sector, according to Teagasc agronomist John Pettit. MORE


The steps to chilled perfection

Production of frozen products, especially French fries, needs to be meticulous to end up with the perfect fry. This includes defect and foreign matter removal and naturally, trouble-free freezing if the end-user is to be satisfied.
Andre Erasmus has a look at some major players in this field. MORE


General Interest


USDA: GM seeds account for 90% of corn, cotton and soybeans planted

Genetically engineered seeds planted on over 90% of corn, cotton, and soybean acres in 2015. MORE


New farm equipment sales a far cry from 2014

Two areas showing promise are loader tractors and livestock equipment MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly Michigan Potato Report – July 22 HERE

CFA in Action – July 22 HERE

Canada Outlook for Principal Field Crops – July 2015 HERE

StatsCan – Dairy statistics, May 2015 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, July 21 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, July 22 HERE

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

AM markets: wheat futures attempt end to losing streakHERE

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 Wild Blueberry Workshop Series

July 29 – 31, Various locations

Presenters will discuss key topics that have been identified through recent PEI blueberry crop management programs. There will be time during and after the workshop to talk with Presenters, Specialists and other growers. For locations and more information please go HERE


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.


1st Island-wide PEI Potato Social!

August 9 from 11-3pm at Monaghan Farms on Route 2 in Norboro.

The PEI Potato growers want to say thank you to our Island friends and neighbours for all the support we’ve received in the past year! Join the PEI Potato farm families in a FREE public BBQ with lots of potato treats! Visit our page on facebook to get more information HERE or REGISTER now!  We look forward to seeing you all there!


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.


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 July:

25th and 26th– Summerside     27th and 28th– Stratford

Dates for August:

5th and 6th- Summerside       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