PEIFA Today

Tuesday – August 22, 2017

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

Recommended Management Practices for Agricultural Irrigation Ponds

Agriculture is the largest contributor of any resource sector to the economy of Prince Edward Island.  Rainfall patterns have changed in recent years and in some cases, some farmers are interested in irrigating crops to ensure yield and quality. MORE

 

Goats and turkeys die in Cherry Valley barn fires

The Vernon River Fire Department responded to a barn fire in Cherry Valley, P.E.I., early Saturday morning, but could not stop a fire that destroyed three barns and killed some livestock. MORE

 

Minister MacAulay Announces Appointment to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced today the appointment of Geneviève Parent as a part-time member of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal. The appointment is for a three-year term. MORE

 

Federal, provincial governments consider help for farmers after B.C. wildfires

Government help may be on the way for farmers and ranchers hard hit by wildfires that have charred more than 8,450 square kilometres of timber, range and farmland in British Columbia. MORE

 

DFC Response to the Montreal Economic Institute

On August 17th, 2017, the Montreal Economic Institute released yet another misleading paper in their ideologically fuelled quest to rid Canada of supply management. MORE

 

Securing Pesticides

Recently, we’ve been getting some questions from growers about how to properly secure pesticides in vehicles and on the farm.  This is a great question.  Properly securing pesticides will ensure that only you and other properly trained employees are able to access and use these products.  This will minimize the potential for human harm and prevent environmental damage.  It can also prevent vandalism and theft.

Here is what you need to know about securing pesticides.

On the farm, pesticides must be kept in a location that can be secured or locked when the grower or their employees are not around.  The best way to meet this requirement is to keep pesticides in a building, room, or cabinet that can be locked.  You can also meet this requirement by simply ensuring that pesticides are kept behind closed doors or in a closed cabinet, out of reach of children, pets, and livestock.

In or on a vehicle, pesticides must be secured to the vehicle to prevent spills or leaks during transport.  This means that pesticide containers cannot roll over, fall, or break open, even when the road is uneven or bumpy.  The best way to keep pesticides secure during transport is to place the containers in a separate cargo box that can be locked.  If your vehicle does not have a separate box, you can fasten pesticide containers to the vehicle with hauling straps (bungee cords are not an appropriate alternative to hauling straps).

If you need to leave the vehicle unattended while transporting pesticides, they must be locked in a compartment so they are not accessible to the public.  If you do not have a lockable box on your vehicle, you cannot leave it unattended.  Drive straight from your vendor to your pesticide storage facility.

In addition to these requirements, here are a few best practices that you should consider:

  • transport pesticides by themselves
  • always keep pesticides away from sharp items that could puncture or split a container during transport
  • ask if your vendor can deliver your products to you
  • make sure there are no broken bags or open cartons and no leaking containers
  • never accept any damaged containers from your vendor
  • make sure that each container has a label
  • keep a list of the pesticides, with their full name and PCPA registration number, in case pesticides leak or spill from your vehicle during an accident.

Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead Bunch Sunday, August 27th, 11:30 am

Dr. Ryan O’Connor will present, “The 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration” at the Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead in Orwell.

On August 12, 1971, hundreds of PEI farmers boarded their tractors and proceeded to bring traffic to a halt on the province’s major roadways. Held during the peak of the tourism season, the demonstration continued for ten days. This talk examines the highway demonstration’s inspiration, context, and consequences. The farmers were protesting the way the provincial government had neglected issues around family farms and the Government’s lack of promotion of economic rationalization and modernization which had been set out in the government’s 1969 Comprehensive Development Plan.  Dr. O’Conner has a Ph.D. in Canadian history, with expertise in the history of environmental activism, the Sixties, oral history, the history of recycling, and Canadian politics.
The event will start with a nutritious and delicious brunch at 11:30. After brunch, the talk will commence. The meal will be served in the room that once hosted Earl Grey, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and John McCrea at the same time, as guests of Sir Andrew MacPhail.
The cost is $25.00 ($20 for members).
Please call the MacPhail Homestead at 902-651-2789  to make your reservation.

American dairy divided: Some want Canada’s supply management left alone in NAFTA

The American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada’s supply-management system as national negotiators get set to hold their first session on agriculture Saturday in North American free trade talks. MORE

 

Maritime Feedlot School September 15 & 16

The Feedlot School will be held at the Nappan Research Facility in Nappan, NS.

The event takes place on September 15 and 16th, 2017

Registration cost is $100.00 per person plus HST for a total of $115.00 this covers lunch and materials. Please register by Monday, September 11, 2017.

For more information please call  902-969-1632

 

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 www.peifa.ca/efp/

 

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.

 

Livestock

 

A test for embryo viability
Panveesh Madan, a researcher at the University of Guelph, says he is close to developing a test for the viability of embryos for transplanting. MORE

 

Yearlings define feeder market

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets became more established this past week as early yearling sales captivated major feedlot operators. Prices were relatively unchanged from week-ago levels; however, larger volumes confirmed the price structure. MORE

 

National Beef Retail Activity Index Lower in W33

The national beef retail activity index was lower last week but largely following the normal seasonal decline MORE

 

Live cattle at nine-month low for third straight session

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures eased to their lowest level in nine months on Monday as the seasonal supply build-up pressured wholesale beef prices for a third consecutive session, traders said. MORE

 

NAFTA a boon for U.S. cattlemen

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Kendal Frazier today testified on Capitol Hill in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and warned Congress against using the treaty’s renegotiation to resurrect failed policies like mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL). MORE

 

IFA Demands Ag Minister’s Intervention on Beef Prices

IFA President Joe Healy said the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed can no longer ignore the major cuts in cattle prices at the meat factories that have left beef farmers facing losses this year. MORE

 

Japanese Beef Buyers May Get Frozen Out by Tariff Hike

Japan’s newly imposed emergency tariff on frozen American beef has raised a question about the wisdom of hanging on to a relic of a bygone trade framework when securing enough beef to meet domestic demand could become a challenge amid the tightening global supply. MORE

 

National’s Trade Myopia Sees Japan Slap Tariffs on NZ Beef

New Zealand First says beef farmers throughout New Zealand are suffering from National’s negligence to secure a bilateral trade deal with Japan, like Australia’s success three years ago. MORE

 

White House Announces Argentina to Open to US Pork; More Details to Follow

Last week, the White House announced in a news release that the US and Argentina have reached an agreement that will allow US pork to be exported to Argentina for the first time since 1992. MORE

 

Smaller Than Expected Hog Slaughter Numbers

The sharp break in pork belly prices last week was something that market participants had been pondering for a while but the speed with which it took place certainly got futures to pay attention, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Drug Resistance in Intestinal Parasite of Piglets Confirmed for First Time

The parasite Cystoisospora suis causes diarrhea in pigs, especially in newborn piglets, and is capable of quickly spreading across farms. MORE

 

Steam Out of Pig Market in Past Few Weeks

In his “Traffic Lights” commentary for 18 August, Peter Crichton reports that some of the steam has come out of the pig market in the past few weeks with extra pigs around as well as a slightly more fickle demand for some parts of the pig, with loins harder to sell, but prices are still very much in producers’ favour and underlining demand remains firm  MORE

 

Goat numbers surge at Aug. 2 auction

There was good interest for animals ahead of an Islamic holiday MORE

 

Livestock estimates, July 1, 2017

Cattle and hog inventories were up on July 1, compared with the previous year. This was the second consecutive year-over-year increase for the cattle inventories. However, sheep inventories were down for the fifth year in a row. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – August 17 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, August 21 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

Research for Reusing Potato Processing Waste

Researchers at PennState’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a new approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol, as Pennsylvania has more than two dozen companies manufacturing potato chips. MORE
Global Potato Processing Market to Reach USD30.85bn by 2022

The global potato processing market was valued at USD22.74bn in 2016 and is projected to reach USD30.85bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period, according to the report “Potato processing market by type (frozen, chips and snack pellets, dehydrated), application (snacks, ready-to-cook & prepared meals) MORE

 

POTATO RESEARCH LAB SHARES MILESTONES AT OPEN HOUSE

Benoit Bizimungu spends about 12 years working on a single type of potato, trying to develop a more resilient crop that requires less fertilizer or chemical. MORE

 

Ground-penetrating radar may help breed early maturing potatoes

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station. MORE

 

“Australia’s food waste problem starts at the farm”

Australian studies indicate that around 25 per cent of horticulture production is lost inside the farm gate. Most of this is thought to be avoidable with approximately 80 per cent of these losses able to be eliminated. MORE

 

Large potato production for Poland this year

Poland is set for a large potato production this season; with large volumes good quality and low prices. MORE

 

Avebe has started up its potato starch plants for another season

The potato season of cooperative Avebe got under way. The first loads of members’ potatoes have been delivered to its starch production plants in Ter Apelkanaal and Gasselternijveen and both factories are already up and running. MORE

 

Iverk Produce to supply €70m worth of potatoes to Aldi Ireland

Iverk Produce and Aldi Ireland have agreed a new three-year contract that will see the Kilkenny based fruit and vegetable wholesaler provide Aldi with €70m worth of Irish-grown potatoes. MORE

 

Potato Europe 2017 in Emmeloord, The Netherlands, coming up in three weeks

In three weeks PotatoEurope 2017 opens its doors. The deputy of the province of Flevoland will have the honor of opening the trade fair. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops                  

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Profit-taking weighs on canola

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts posted small losses on Monday, as the market saw some profit-taking after recent strength. MORE

 

ICE Futures Canada Monday: Canola prices lower, barley unchanged HERE

 

Manitoba counts the cost of dry conditions on hay harvest

Hayfields and pastures have welcomed early-August rains, but some regions are still in need of moisture, including central Manitoba MORE

 

Pushing the boundaries of intercropping

Flax and soybeans is just one combination under investigation MORE

 

Wheat crop escapes fusarium 

Despite damp weather, most of Ontario’s wheat harvest has escaped high levels of fusarium mould that can lead to vomitoxin challenges. MORE

 

Hi-tech cultivator cuts weeds down to size

Inter-row cultivator uses a camera and computer to get rid of weeds MORE

 

Corn drops to nearly one-year low

U.S. grain prices fell about one per cent on Monday, with benchmark Chicago Board of Trade December corn sinking to a nearly one-year low, on technical selling and easing concerns that dry weather would reduce harvests. MORE

 

U.S. farmers confused by Monsanto’s Xtendimax instructions

With Monsanto’s latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely. MORE

 

U.S. seeks WTO dispute panel on China’s grain import quotas

The United States has requested a World Trade Organization panel be set up to investigate Chinese tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) for agricultural products, the WTO said on Monday, setting up a showdown between the two largest economies. MORE

 

AM markets: palm oil hits 5-month top. What of tests ahead? HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Where are the farm women?

The research is incontrovertible. Diversity creates strength. So why aren’t we making greater strides at getting farm women involved? MORE

 

Passion for antique farm machinery

This father and son share the love of farming equipment of the past MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – August 11 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – August 16 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, August 21 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead Bunch Sunday, August 27th, 11:30 am

Dr. Ryan O’Connor will present, “The 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration” at the Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead in Orwell.

On August 12, 1971, hundreds of PEI farmers boarded their tractors and proceeded to bring traffic to a halt on the province’s major roadways. Held during the peak of the tourism season, the demonstration continued for ten days. This talk examines the highway demonstration’s inspiration, context, and consequences. The farmers were protesting the way the provincial government had neglected issues around family farms and the Government’s lack of promotion of economic rationalization and modernization which had been set out in the government’s 1969 Comprehensive Development Plan.  Dr. O’Conner has a Ph.D. in Canadian history, with expertise in the history of environmental activism, the Sixties, oral history, the history of recycling, and Canadian politics.
The event will start with a nutritious and delicious brunch at 11:30. After brunch, the talk will commence. The meal will be served in the room that once hosted Earl Grey, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and John McCrea at the same time, as guests of Sir Andrew MacPhail.
The cost is $25.00 ($20 for members).
Please call the MacPhail Homestead at 902-651-2789  to make your reservation.

 

5th Palmer Conference (2017)

August 29 to 31, 2017 at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI.

This year’s Conference focuses on Canadian-American Relations, and includes panels on Trade and Commerce, the Environment, and Defense and Security (including food security as well). MORE

 

3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation
***UPDATE–WE ARE NOW TAKING NAMES FOR OTHER DATES THAT MAYBE OFFERED FOR 3A TRAINING IF INTERESTED PLEASE GET YOUR NAME ON A WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT TRAINING SESSIONS!! WE MAYBE OFFERING SESSIONS IN JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER***

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 info@peiagsc.ca

 

Maritime Feedlot School September 15 & 16

The Feedlot School will be held at the Nappan Research Facility in Nappan, NS.

The event takes place on September 15 and 16th, 2017

Registration cost is $100.00 per person plus HST for a total of $115.00 this covers lunch and materials. Please register by Monday, September 11, 2017.

For more information please call  902-969-1632

 

SAVE THE DATE

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.