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


Photo contest celebrates agriculture and fisheries

Islanders can showcase the natural beauty inspired by our agriculture and fisheries industries through government’s annual photo contest. Deadline is Friday, July 28th at 4:00pm. MORE


‘Just looked like a war zone’: 6 cows, 4 calves killed by lightning in Vernon Bridge, P.E.I.

A farmer in Vernon Bridge, P.E.I., said last weekend’s stormy weather is to blame for the deaths of 10 of his beef cattle. MORE


‘We’ve got to keep going’: Morneau talks economy in P.E.I.

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told Islanders he’s encouraged by the province’s economy Wednesday, as he made a stop in P.E.I. MORE


Agriculture ministers reach five-year, $3-billion partnership

The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key growth industry in Canada, contributing over $100 billion annually to the economy and employing 2.3 million Canadians. MORE


AGCO to acquire Precision Planting from The Climate Corporation

Equipment manufacturer AGCO has made a deal with The Climate Corporation to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business. 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.




Ranchers find scorched fields, dead livestock as evacuation orders lifted

Ranchers in the centre of British Columbia’s cattle country are facing “heartbreak” as they return to scorched fields, dead livestock and damaged infrastructure following weeks of wildfires. MORE


Potential Benefits for Canada’s Red Meat Exporters Observed in CETA

The Canadian Meat Council says, despite unresolved technical issues that could delay full access for Canadian beef and pork to Europe, the implementation of CETA offers tremendous potential for Canada’s red meat sector MORE


Headline Livestock premises ID participation strengthens Canadian agriculture

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is considering changes to the Health of Animals Regulations for livestock traceability, the agency announced during PremisesIDWeek July 26, a federal release says. MORE


Live cattle turn higher on futures’ cash discount

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts on Wednesday pared some recent losses, helped by bargain buying and futures’ discounts to early-week cash prices, said traders. MORE


Advance breeding results with new genotyping technology

AgriSeq targeted genotyping by sequencing (“GBS”) solutions include a Bovine ISAG 200 Parentage Panel that delivers more lineage information and flexibility to cattle breeders. MORE


Onslaught of Cattle Moving into Feedlots During H1 Continued in June

The onslaught of cattle moving into feedlots during the first half of 2017 continued in June, with placements up 16 per cent from the prior June, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


IFA Demands Stronger Policy Delivery on Beef, Sheep

Stronger action at EU and Government level is required to address the ongoing income challenges in the beef and sheep sectors, IFA President Joe Healy said at the Farmers Journal open day on the Tullamore suckler and sheep farm. MORE


CETA Offers Potential Benefits for Canada’s Red Meat Exporters

The Canadian Meat Council says, despite unresolved technical issues that could delay full access for Canadian beef and pork to Europe, the implementation of CETA offers tremendous potential for Canada’s red meat sector MORE


Swine Innovation Porc Prepared for Next Ag Policy Framework

The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc says Canada’s pork industry is well positioned to move forward with research when Canada’s next Agricultural Policy Framework kicks in next March MORE


Hog Prices Appear to be Making Annual Peak

Hog prices appear to be making an annual peak at the normal time of the year, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


IFA Reports Pig Prices Up 4c/Kg in July

It was another positive week for pig farmers, with demand from all processors forcing the trade to continue its slow upward trend. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 20 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, July 26 HERE




CDC South Potato Days take place August 24th, 2017 MORE


Tax provision recovery boosts PotashCorp Q2 profit compared with year ago

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) earned a second-quarter profit of US$201 million, boosted by a one-time tax provision recovery. MORE


Belgapom: normal harvest of storage potatoes possible in Belgium, despite drought

In Belgium – and also in the Netherlands – drought has taken its toll on the early potato harvest. There was talk of a loss of 15 million Euro a month ago. There is no new figure at this time. MORE


Potato Processor Lamb Weston Reports FQ4 and Full Year 2017 Results

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LW) has announced its fourth quarter and full year 2017 results, and provided its outlook for fiscal year 2018. MORE


Drones can help optimize nitrogen fertilization in potato farming

A research programme in the Netherlands, ‘Toward precision agriculture 2.0’ has included a group of potato farmers carrying out test runs with sensor observations by drones. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola Up With Speculative Buying

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were up on Wednesday, taking back most of the losses posted earlier in the week as speculators returned to the buy side. MORE


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


Canola off highs, but watching weather

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts moved lower during the week ended July 26, as improving weather conditions in parts of Western Canada and the US Midwest saw speculators liquidating some of their long positions. MORE


South American superfood lays down roots in Manitoba

To the uninitiated, the field of quinoa stretching out in front of Percy Phillips looks like acres upon acres of lambs’ quarters and, in fact, the common weed is a close genetic relative. MORE


Wheat, corn, soybean futures rise

U.S. wheat futures firmed on Wednesday, with MGEX spring wheat contracts posting the biggest gains as results from a crop tour confirmed that drought in the northern Plains severely crimped harvest potential in that key growing region. MORE


Warmer Arctic linked to weaker vegetation growth in North America

Warmer temperatures in the Arctic are having an unexpected effect elsewhere in North America climate, scientists say. MORE


Biostimulants Enhance Production, Sustainability Goals

Biological crop inputs are increasingly being recognized for their ability to enhance yields and crop quality while providing the critical sustainability benefits of improved soil health and nutrient utilization. Most recently, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) identified the use of biostimulants as an opportunity to improve yields and reduce the need for creating new agricultural production acres through deforestation and other land conversions. MORE


AM markets: wheat prices extend bounce amid crop tour debate HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


The census mystery on Canadian farms

For the most part, the 2016 Census of Agriculture was as unsurprising as most farmers might have expected. We already knew that farms are getting larger, and that farmers are getting older. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 21 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 26 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, July 25 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Acorn Request for Proposals – Organic Market Research Study

ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) is seeking marketing/market research expertise to conduct an organic consumer market study in New Brunswick (and possibly all the Maritimes). The organization is accepting proposals until August 2nd at noon. Full details can be found here.


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


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.