REMINDER: The Federation office will be closed this Friday, August 20th due to the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade Day Holliday


Golf Tournament Update: Regrettably, due to the difficulty in fitting a new date for a golf tournament around current harvest activities brought about by the current stretch of great weather, the tournament will not be rescheduled this year.


Local, Regional, Canadian News


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 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!!!


P.E.I. government schedules Water Act consultations

Islanders are encouraged to participate in upcoming Water Act consultations, which begin Oct. 6 and 8 in Charlottetown. MORE


Editorial: COOL’s $2.9-billion divide

It’s no secret that Canadian livestock groups and the federal government would like nothing better than to see the U.S. surrender and repeal its country-of-origin labelling (COOL) scheme. MORE




Klassen: Feeder cattle market tenacious

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices appeared to shrug off all negative economic news and divorce from the fed cattle complex this past week. MORE


U.S. livestock: Firm cash, pork prices lift CME hogs

Live cattle finish mostly higher, feeder cattle close mostly weak MORE


Fall 2015 cow-calf marketing considerations

Feeder cattle prices have bounced off the recent summer lows.  For the week ending August 14, 2015, the Oklahoma seven-market average price of 450-500 pound, Medium/Large, number one steers was $283.81/cwt., up from recent summer lows and $7-$8/cwt higher than this time last year. MORE


Russian hog project put on hold 

A $2-billion project to build 60 hog farms in Russia has been put on hold because of concerns about African Swine Fever. MORE


PEDv Activity Remains Low in US

The executive director of the National Swine Health Information Center says the onset of colder weather this coming fall and winter will be the true test of action taken to contain the spread of the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE


Increased Crop Yields Result in Lower Hog Production Estimates

It appears that we have survived the first (and perhaps only) early killing of this year’s crop, writes Steve Meyer in the National Hog Farmer. MORE




North American grain/oilseed review: Canola reverses early gains

Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada trading platform ended softer on Monday, reversing earlier gains as the Chicago soyoil market also turned lower Monday afternoon. MORE


GRAINS-Corn rebounds on lower crop rating; wheat, soybeans rise

Chicago corn futures rose on Tuesday, recouping losses from the previous session as a decline in the U.S. crop condition and expectations of stronger exports after falls last week supported the market. MORE


U.S. grains: Midwest’s weather weighs down corn, soybeans

Wheat falls on weak export demand, strong dollar MORE


Little upside in oats as futures hit five-year lows

Oats futures in Chicago are trading at their lowest levels in five years, and cash bids in Western Canada are also doing little to encourage farmer selling. MORE


Short-term barley prices seen likely to downtrend

Values seen likely to climb heading further into autumn MORE


Prairie cash wheat bids mixed

Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat cash bids across Western Canada were mixed during the week ended Friday, with prices edging lower in the eastern Prairies and moving up in Alberta. MORE


General Interest


Hungry Fish Farms Lure Cargill as Seafood Demand Outpaces Meats

For the first time, the world is eating more fish from farms than from the open sea, spurring billions of dollars of takeovers as one of the largest food companies seeks to capitalize on rising demand. MORE


Whole Milk Powder May Post First Gain in 6 Months, Futures Show

New Zealand whole milk powder futures are pointing to the first gain in GlobalDairyTrade auction prices since February after Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd., the world’s biggest dairy exporter, cut the volume it will offer. MORE


Genuinely in business: How Dow Agro built its company culture

Guide Insight: OK, so it’s a cliché that business means people working with people. It’s also how you create success. Just ask Dow’s Brad Orr MORE


Meat Waste has Greater Environmental Impact

University of Missouri researchers have found that the type of food wasted has a significant impact on the environment, and wasted meat has a greater environmental cost. MORE


Regular Updates


PEIDAF E-Letter – August 14 HERE

FCC Express – August 14 HERE

StatsCan – Exports of grains by final destination, June 2015 HERE

StatsCan – Total income of farm operators, 2013 HERE and HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, August 17 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, August 14 HERE

ICE Futures Canada Monday: Canola futures prices mostly unchanged, barley unchanged 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


Workshop: The Use of Micro-Organisms in Organic Farming

August 18th, 6:30 pm at the Farm Centre (420 University Ave., Charlottetown), Room 107 MORE


PEI Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair

August 26 – 30, 2015 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


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:

22nd and 23rd – Summerside            27th and 28th – Stratford

Dates for September:

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