Majority of Canadians want their milk to be produced in Canada.

New poll commissioned by Dairy Farmers of Canada shows Canadians are passionate about Canadian milk MORE


Ottawa gives $650K boost to Bio-Food-Tech

Bio-Food-Tech works with small- and medium-sized companies on new products MORE


TPP — NZ wants dairy concessions from the U.S.

U.S. wants access to Canada and Japan to offset NZ imports MORE


A quick look at the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal HERE




U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures weak ahead of cash prices

Firm feeder cattle settlement MORE


CME: US Cold Storage Stocks Significantly Higher Than 2014

USDA’s monthly Cold Storage report shows (as expected) significantly larger stocks of frozen meat and poultry relative to last year, but some reduction of those stocks from last month, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


VIDEO: Canada’s Beef Centre of Excellence building demand through emotional connections

The goal is building brand loyalty by demonstrating Canadian beef is best in class MORE




GRAINS-Soybeans keep rising on concerns over planted area

Chicago soybeans gained more ground on Thursday, and have now risen 3.3 percent over three consecutive sessions, on concerns over a smaller planted area and ahead of the crop’s key phase of development. MORE


North American grain/oilseed review: Canola ends mixed

Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada trading platform ended narrowly mixed after a day of light and choppy activity on Wednesday. MORE


U.S. grains: Soybeans rise for second day, corn and wheat resume slides

Questions remain about size of soybean crop MORE


More downside possible for canola

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts moved sharply lower during the week ended July 29, and more downside is possible for the market in coming weeks. MORE


Sask. crops get soaked, but may take yield hit

Two days of rainstorms in Saskatchewan, Canada’s biggest wheat- and canola-growing province, may have done more harm to crops than good, even though farms were parched, a Saskatchewan government official said on Wednesday. MORE


Producers hope potatoes take root in China

Potatoes seem like an unlikely ingredient for ice cream, but the allure of tasting the strange concoction had dozens of visitors lining-up at the China Kitchen exhibition at the 2015 World Potato Congress in Beijing. MORE


General Interest


Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture (SAWA) Advisory Group members announced by CAHRC

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is pleased to announce the formation of the Advisory Group for the Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture project. This project will examine and address critical barriers to advancement facing women in the industry. Based on these results, there will be a strategic program developed and implemented to support improved access to leadership opportunities and strengthened business success for women working in agriculture. MORE


Partnerships, Innovation Bridge Global Food Supply Gap

To meet the challenge of supplying the food needs of a growing world population, we are going to have to be smart and use all the tools we can. Some successful examples of using partnerships and innovations were presented during Nutreco’s AgriVision 2015 conference, reports Jackie Linden. MORE


Regular Updates


Rayglen Market Comments – July 29 HERE

StatsCan – Poultry and egg statistics, May 2015 – HERE

(Click on CANSIM Tables for Stats)

PEIDAF Agricultural Market Report – July 24 HERE

FCC Express – Special Edition – July 29 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, July 29 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, July 29 HERE

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

Morning markets: ags recover, despite Fed, China setbacksHERE

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 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