Food Secure Canada wants to make food an election issue

Food Secure Canada wants farmers to share a meal with a political 
candidate and discuss issues surrounding our food system MORE


PEIFA/CFA Survey on AgriInvest

Do you want a better AgriInvest program? One with higher matching contributions that that allows you to better manage risk and invest in your farm? If yes, then PEI Federation of Agriculture (PEIFA) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) need your help. Fill out the following survey (it will only take three minutes) and help us get the information we need to design a better AgriInvest program. MORE  ** MEMBERS ONLY PLEASE!!!


Friend a Farmer Program

The PEI Agriculture Awareness Committee is seeking out producers to be part of the “Friend a Farmer” program. Often times throughout the school year Island teachers look for agriculture related resources and request farm tours for their students. We are looking to compile a list of farms who would be willing to open their doors occasionally for a farm tour and/or give classroom presentations at the request of a teacher. This program is a wonderful way for Island youth to learn firsthand about agriculture from the farmer himself.

Should you be interested in joining the program please contact Charlotte Crooks at 902-368-7289 or email




U.S. livestock: Profit-taking trims CME live cattle gains

Feeder cattle finish lower, hog market ends mostly weak MORE


Currency and Cattle Inventories Moving Higher For US

Herd rebuilding is now in full swing in the US but cattle markets, on fire last year, have been considerably dampened. MORE


Farmers Use Pigs to Keep Cattle Calm

Order can be maintained when working with cattle by distracting them with other livestock, real life examples on farms have shown. MORE


Cows that burp less could also save you money

Reducing methane from cattle means a reduction in greenhouse gases – and the key to that is feed efficiency MORE


McDonald’s en route to ‘cage-free’ eggs in Canada, U.S.

Canadian chain now buying five per cent, on way to 100 per cent in 10 years MORE




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

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were stronger on Wednesday, as the market continued to correct off of the nearby lows hit last week. MORE


GRAINS-Soy struggles near 6-year low on ample supplies, wheat firms

Chicago soybean futures were largely unchanged on Thursday with the market struggling around 6-year lows as harvest of a near-record U.S. crop and weaker Chinese demand drag on prices. MORE


U.S. grains: Soy drops on stable crop ratings, poor export demand

U.S. crop production estimates due out on Friday MORE


ICE weekly outlook: Canola weak, but finding support

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts posted losses in most months during the week ended Wednesday, though the market uncovered some support to the downside and finds itself well off its nearby lows. MORE


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soy trade up, but fundamentals bearish

Despite short-term bullish factors in Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) corn and soybeans, one analyst anticipates prices will be pressured in coming weeks. MORE


Black Gold Farms kicks off Red River Valley potato harvest 

Black Gold Farms will be kicking off harvest in the Red River Valley this week and the team is eagerly anticipating a great crop. MORE


First bag of chips from fully automatic machine
Dutch start-up Caenator, in collaboration with StartLife and Wageningen University & Research Centre, presented a new generation of fully automatic chip vending machines. MORE


General Interest


Mind Your Farm Business: How Do you Manage Currency Risk? VIDEO


Marketing crops in weather extremes

Other farmers use marketing to cut the weather’s impact on their farms. These farmers build on it MORE


Regular Updates


Rayglen Market Comments – September 9 HERE

PEIDAF Agricultural Market Report – September 4 HERE

StatsCan – Agricultural Water Survey, 2014 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, September 9 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, September 9 HERE

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

AM markets: yield questions keep grains firm, as data near HERE

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


4R Nutrient Stewardship Farm Tour

September 10 – 6:00 pm –  Rollo Bay Holdings

Field is on France Rd Take Rd to Dundas Plowing Match (Rte 314) from Rte 4 in Dundas – turn right at cemetery on to France Rd – filed is approx. 1.6 kms on right

Cold drinks/snacks to be served

Brennan Gaudet, Paradigm Precision will demonstrate UAV drone

Description of 4R activities will be discussed


4R Nutrient Stewardship Farm Tour

September 11 – 11:00 am – Spring Valley Farms

Field is at 1132 Spring Valley Rd

Sandwiches/cold drinks/sweets to be served

Evan MacDonald will demonstrate his UAV drone

Description of 4R activities will be discussed


2 Day Tractor Safety Course- Pre-register by September 9th !!

When: September 12th and 13th – JVI in Slemon Park in Summerside

Cost: $20 (regular $150) Ages: 14+

How to register: Call Charlotte at the PEI Federation of Agriculture office 902-368-7289 prior to Sept 9th. Space is limited. View the poster HERE:


2015 Holstein Field Day – Old Fashion Farm Fair Day! 

Sunday September 13th, 12-4pm

123 Harding Creek Rd., Clinton, PE

Family fun and games for all ages. Production awards to be handed out. $200 of prizes to be won. Meal at 12:30.

Ticket pricing  – $10 for kids 10 and under and adult $25 includes food and entertainment for the afternoon entertainment for all ages cash bar available for tickets please contact Jordan 902-393-6165 Fred 902-314-0824 Jennifer 902-303-0889 Everyone is welcome.


4R Nutrient Stewardship Farm Tour

September 14 – 11:00 am – Jeff & Jason Smallman

Field is across from 2897 O’Leary Rd

Sandwiches/cold drinks/sweets will be served

Description of 4R activities will be discussed


Planning for Business Success

Sep 15 – 9:30- 3:30 p.m.
Lunch Included No Cost. Please pre-register with Suzanne MacNeill (902) 888-8040 MORE


Intergenerational Transfer of Woodlots Seminar

September 17th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Farm Center; 420  University Avenue; Charlottetown

This seminar is FREE to all members of the PEI Woodlot Owners Association. Please contact John Rowe:  or phone – 902-940-1933 – to pre-register. MORE


Soybean Variety Trials FIELD DAY

Friday, September 18th // Middelkamp Organic Produce (1468 Glencoe Road, Alberry Plains, PEI). Discussion of results and implications of a three-year organic 12-variety trial carried out at several sites across the Island. All are welcome, more info HERE.


PEI Open Farm Day

Sept 20 – Island Wide – Information available HERE


AAFC Organic Research FIELD DAY

Wednesday, September 23rd // AAFC Harrington Research Farm (1200 Brackley Point Road, PEI). An overview of various Organic Cropping Systems designed by different PEI agricultural sectors, testing of alternative crops, and more! All are welcome, pre-registration required ( / (902)894-9999). More info HERE.



The PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative’s annual ORGANIC HARVEST MEAL, a celebration of PEI organic food & farmers, will take place Sunday October 4th, 6 pm, at the PEI Brewing Company. Tickets are now available and going fast. See HERE for more details and to get your tickets!


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 September:

12th and 13th – Stratford                   14th and 15th – Stratford

Dates for October:

1st and 2nd– Stratford                           3rd and 4th – Stratford

21st and 22nd– Stratford