PEIFA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 10th – Countryview Golf Course. 9:00a.m. shotgun start. Includes 9 Holes of golf, cart and bbq steak dinner – $60.00 per person.

Contact Jennifer at 902-368-7289 or to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.


Local, Regional, Canadian News


B.C. wild fires shorten P.E.I. organic farm inspector’s work

An organic farm inspector from P.E.I. will head back home with some of her work unfinished, after the B.C. wildfires forced the cancellation of some of her farm visits. MORE


Agricultural startup BVT bets on bees to protect crops

On a perfect sunny afternoon in late May at Organics Family Farm in Markham, Ont., David Passafiume is carefully dotting his newly planted strawberry field with eight man-made bumblebee hives. MORE


Barn (fund) raising in the digital age

Neubergthal has always known this place matters, and now it’s telling all of Canada why, in a competition of the same name. MORE


AMM says no to Non-Cities Caucus

Western members of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) have put the brakes on a proposed Non-Cities Caucus, which would gather rural municipalities to discuss common concerns. MORE


Toronto considers lifting ban on backyard chickens

Some Toronto residents with a hankering for their own fresh eggs could soon be in luck if city council approves a pilot project that would lift a ban on backyard hens. MORE


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


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.




Dehydratation suspected after 200 cattle found dead in southwest Saskatchewan

The dead cows and calves were on Crown pasture land south of the community of Chaplin, which was operated and leased out by 31 patrons. The animals were discovered Friday. MORE


Researchers say happiness turns dairy cows into cash cows

Dairy farmers, take note: The key to turning your dairy cow into a cash cow is udder happiness. MORE


Cash price unease pressures CME live cattle

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Monday, weakened by sell stops and uncertainty regarding cash prices later this week, traders said. MORE


Total Beef Exports in May Up 3.8% Higher Than a Year Ago

While overall red meat and poultry exports were higher in May, pork exports were particularly strong, driven by robust demand from Mexico and a number of Asian markets, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


Belarus Gets Access for Beef, Poultry Exports to China, Says Official

Belarus has got the right to supply beef and poultry to China, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Deputy Minister Alexander Subbotin said on Monday. MORE


Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Found in Dead Cows in Dungun District

After Kuala Nerus, Marang and Kuala Terengganu last month, haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) disease is now killing cattle in Dungun. MORE


Manitoba pork farmers scramble to contain virus that’s fatal for piglets

Farmers in Manitoba, Canada’s third-largest pork producing province, are scrambling to contain a mysterious outbreak of a rapidly spreading virus that’s deadly to piglets and threatens to harm their industry. MORE


Olymel plans sausage production at Red Deer

New equipment and refrigerated storage are going into Olymel’s Alberta pork processing plant at Red Deer as the facility gets into the sausage business. MORE


Total Shipments of US Pork During May Up 10.3% Compared to Year Ago

While overall red meat and poultry exports were higher in May, pork exports were particularly strong, driven by robust demand from Mexico and a number of Asian markets, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


Dutch Consumers Increasingly Interested in Chain Transparency

The sixth edition of the “Vion Consumer Monitor” shows that consumers are very positive about the quality of Dutch meat: over 65 per cent judges this to be ‘excellent’. MORE


Samoa to Open Pig, Poultry Farm to Support Farmers

Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polata’ivao says the World Bank-funded farm and piggery will open in two weeks at the agriculture ministry’s livestock facilities at Vailima. MORE


Improved Management of Mycotoxin Risk in Feed, Raw Materials

New tool from Trouw Nutrition enables real-time recommendations for improving feed formulation. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 6 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, July 10 HERE




Slight Reduction in U.S. Potato Acreage

Potato acreage in the U.S. is down, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) annual June fall acreage report. Total acreage for 2017 is estimated to be 1,025,400 acres, down 0.83 percent from the 2016 figure of 1,034,000 acres. MORE


Northwest Crop Slightly Late

Washington and Oregon potato growers have been slowed slightly by a wet winter and spring. But so far, the crops appear to be worth the wait. MORE


Higher Quality Reduces Waste

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) worked with EarthFresh Foods and growers to identify ways to reduce waste by increasing the quality and value of table potatoes, from field to consumer. MORE


Potato cartel caused Americans to pay nearly 50% more for potatoes

U.S. potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort to increase their profits, according to a report by California State University, Northridge business law professor Melanie Stallings Williams. MORE



In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of potatoes valued at between $550-$700 million. Yet unbeknownst to most consumers, roughly 30 per cent of the potatoes harvested spoil before they reach a grocery store shelf. MORE



The 101st Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America will be held from July 23 to July 27 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D. MORE


Chef RJ Harvey Joins Potatoes USA as Global Foodservice Marketing Manager

Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA as the Global Foodservice Marketing Manager. MORE


Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Potato Species

Could this be North America’s oldest potato? Researchers at the University of Utah say yes. MORE


Japan’s potato supply is recovering as production returns to normal

Japan’s potato supply is rebounding — with wholesale and retail prices falling — thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




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

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were weaker on Monday, as bearish chart signals weighed on values. MORE


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


Industry pushes farmers to test spray nozzles

By the time spray nozzles are visually worn out, they’re already losing you money. MORE


Corn, soy, wheat rise as crop belt heats up

U.S. corn and wheat futures rose more than two per cent on Monday, with corn setting a one-year high on worries about forecasts for potentially stressful heat in parts of the Midwest. MORE


HELM Agro US Opens New Sales Territory

HELM Agro US, Inc. announces the hiring of John Bruce as sales manager for the company’s newly created Eastern Corn Belt and Northeast sales territory. This new sales region was created to increase the level of customer service provided by HELM Agro US to its agricultural distributor and retail partners throughout the Midwestand Northeast. MORE


AM markets: corn, soy struggle despite US crop deterioration HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


OECD, FAO See Slower Growth in Demand Keeping World Food Prices Low

Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published by the OECD and FAO. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 7 HERE

FCC Express – July 7 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 5 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, July 6 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation

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


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.