Water Act white paper tabled by P.E.I. government

‘It’s imperative that we get it right,’ says Environment Minister Robert Mitchell MORE


Islanders invited to participate in creation of Water Act

The Government of Prince Edward Island is inviting all Islanders to participate in the creation of a Water Act, said Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. MORE


Police say 6,800 mink released from cages during break-in at Ontario fur farm

Police say thousands of mink were released from their cages during an overnight break-in at a fur farm in southwestern Ontario. MORE


Harper Government Invests in New Canadian Wheat Research Partnership

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the first of its kind $3.4 million public-private-producer partnership (P4) wheat breeding program. MORE




Drought creates speed bump for cattle herd expansion

Expansion efforts in Canada’s cattle sector are likely taking a breather right now, as a lack of rain in Alberta and Saskatchewan creates challenges for ranchers trying to feed their animals. MORE


U.S. livestock: Stock market turmoil rattles CME live cattle

Feeder cattle end down sharply, hogs settle mostly lower MORE


CME: Pork Exports Strong, Beef Exports Down on Year

US pork exports enjoyed another strong month in May while beef exports fell well short of year-ago levels according to data released by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


EU Pig Prices: Starting to Recover

Prices are now stabilising again on the pig and pork markets after the prices were shaking severely throughout Europe last week. MORE


General Mills Moving Towards Cage-Free Eggs

Food maker General Mills has announced that it is moving toward 100 per cent cage-free eggs for its US operations. MORE


General Mills refreshes animal welfare policy

Minnesota-based General Mills has released a refresh of the company’s global policy on animal welfare.  The changes are based upon the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare: MORE


Avian flu has cost producers nearly 1.6 billion

US – Poultry industry economist Tom Elam estimates that losses due to avian influenza have cost egg and turkey producers nearly 1.6 billion dollars. MORE


Future Growth

Cargill identifies the top three poultry industry drivers MORE




Wheat near done flowering, prices could also bloom

Weather-related issues ranging from floods to drought have been putting wheat crops at risk globally, bringing potential for prices to move higher. MORE


U.S. grains: Soybeans rise in rebound from one-week low

Egyptian tender signals U.S. wheat uncompetitive MORE


GRAINS-Soybeans rise for 2nd day on U.S. weather concerns, wheat climbs

Chicago soybean futures rose for a second session on Thursday, underpinned by fresh concerns that excessive rains could curb U.S. production. MORE


ICE weekly outlook: Weather still key for canola

The ICE Futures Canada canola market moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, as speculators took profits on a recent rally that saw values hit fresh contract highs. MORE


CBOT weekly outlook: Choppy, two-sided trade ahead for corn, soy

Chicago Board of Trade corn futures chalked up slight gains for the week ended Wednesday, while soybean futures posted steep losses on volatile trading. MORE


Stress-tolerant soybeans to be advanced through new collaboration

Bioceres S.A., Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Tropical Melhoramento e Genética Ltda. have reached an agreement to develop new soybean varieties based on the HB4 stress tolerance trait. The HB4 trait – developed by Verdeca LLC, a soybean technology joint venture between Bioceres and Arcadia – enables plants to adapt to multiple environmental stresses and achieve higher yields. MORE


Signs of a recovery in the french-fry business

Potato Guide: While the rest of the agriculture sector nervously eyes the oil melt-down, the potato industry might actually be poised for a comeback MORE


MountainKing grilling promotion to sizzle summer potato sales

MountainKing Potatoes is promoting its Steakhouse Roasters line of potatoes through The American Roaster Grilling Sale promotion. MORE


General Interest


New Research Shows Spotted Wing Drosophila Repellent Naturally Produced In Fruits

Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is a big pest for fruit growers. However, Christine Krause Pham and Anandasankar Ray, researchers at the University of California-Riverside have recently identified a chemical naturally existing in fruits in small doses that protects fruits from spotted wing drosophila. MORE


Lawsuit accuses actor Tom Selleck of stealing hydrant water for ranch in parched California

A lawsuit accuses actor Tom Selleck of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and bringing it to his ranch in drought-stricken Southern California. MORE


Eight tips to freshen your market stall display

Farmers’ Markets Ontario provides many resources to its members, including the marketing talents of Tracy Lamb, Mopani Communications. She presented an array of tips to the annual general meeting held at last winter’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. MORE


US: Laser printing on produce reduces costs and waste

“We have developed an alternative for sticky produce labels,” says Greg Drouillard with Laser Application Technologies, LLC (LAT Produce). MORE


VIDEO: ‘Five foot’ hay crop near Altamont, Man.

Moisture conditions are in stark contrast to neighbouring Prairie provinces MORE


Regular Updates


Rayglen Market Comments – July 8 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, July 8 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, July 8 HERE

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

Morning markets: easing China fears foster ag price revivalHERE

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


Blueberry / Cranberry Weed Wiping – Pesticide Training Session

July 13 – Rodd Royalty Hotel – Charlottetown

Individuals who wish to apply a HERBICIDE using a wiper, roller or brush or by making a spot treatment may now obtain a Class I Pesticide Applicator Certificate. A training session is offered by the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries.  No exam is required, but you must attend this training session to receive a Weed/Wiping Certificate.  Individuals not attending this training session must complete a written examination.  The cost of the certificate if $75.  Please bring your payment and driver’s license or photo ID.

You are asked to pre-register by noon, July 10 by calling 902-368-4880 or 902-368-4145


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.


19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


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:

14th and 15th – Summerside   18th and 19th – Stratford

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