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 jmurphy@peifa.ca to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

Wild weekend weather causes extensive damage in Eastern P.E.I.

Last Friday’s intense hail storm caused extensive damage in eastern P.E.I., and now farmers in the area are left to assess their losses. MORE

 

Fish kill reported in western P.E.I.

There has been a fish kill near Campbellton in western P.E.I., provincial officials have confirmed. MORE

 

Cavendish Farms getting major storage upgrades

The Island’s major potato processor is in the middle of some major upgrades at its New Annan, P.E.I. facility. MORE

 

Wheat researcher, policy analyst honoured by seed growers

Two P.E.I. provincial employees have been presented with the Honorary Life Award from the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association. MORE

 

More than $60,000 raised by Burger Love going to food security programs

The popular burger promotion offers a voluntary program where participating restaurants can contribute $1 per burger sold to the provincial United Way. The money is earmarked to help fund programs that increase local food security. MORE

 

Small hive beetle appears in New Brunswick

An emerging pest in honeybee colonies has made its way into New Brunswick for the first time. MORE

 

Government of Canada extends A Food Policy for Canada consultations

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term. We have reached out to Canadians to help shape the policy because we know that by working together, we can build a food policy that is a shared vision to address food-related opportunities and challenges in Canada. MORE

 

KAP frustrated by lack of detail on Manitoba’s carbon tax

A new Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition is pressuring the provincial government to join Saskatchewan to fight the tax MORE

 

Get in with the right questions

If you want to know who is going to be farming five years from now, then taking a look at who is in the aisles at Ag in Motion and at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is a good place to start MORE

 

Annual food contest has new category for alcoholic beverages

Aspiring Manitoba entrepreneurs with creative ideas for new foods or alcoholic beverages are invited to enter the 11th annual Great Manitoba Food Fight (GMFF), Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced yesterday 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 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

 

Live cattle plunge after USDA reports

Some Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts settled down the 3.000-cent per pound daily price limit on Monday following Friday’s bearish U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle reports, said traders. MORE

 

Fed, Feeder Cattle Futures Down Sharply Due to Bearish Implications

There were two key reports released on Friday that directly impact the cattle market and, as of this writing, both fed and feeder cattle futures are down sharply due to the bearish implications of those reports, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Central Govt Seeks More Time on Cattle Slaughter Rules

The Centre on Monday asked the Supreme Court for more time to report back on the progress in modifying the controversial cattle slaughter ban rules. “Everything in totality is being considered,” it said. MORE

 

Manitoba PED Outbreak Appears on the Decline

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea outbreak that has spread throughout swine operations in southeastern Manitoba since the end of April appears to be on the decline MORE

 

Bacon prices poised to soar 

Bacon prices are poised to soar following a spike to record-high prices for pork bellies, say market analysts in the United States. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 20 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, July 24 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

FADING RAIN PROSPECTS WORRY P.E.I. POTATO FARMERS

Following a dry June and what is turning into an even drier July, P.E.I. farmers are beginning to get concerned about the impact on the potato crop. MORE

 

US National Potato Council Publishes Its Yearbook

The US National Potato Council (NPC) has published the Statistical Yearbook for 2017, containing overviews of national legislative, regulatory and marketing initiatives along with U.S. and world potato production and consumption data. MORE

 

Athlete, Nutritionist Discuss How Potatoes Power Performance

Simplot took Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Kristin Armstrong and sports nutritionist Stacy Sims and put them in a kitchen to talk about potatoes as fuel for athletes and active families. MORE

 

This season Fiji potato farmers will plant locally grown seed for the first time

In Fiji, the Ministry of Agriculture is working closely with farmers around the country who are interested in potato farming. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola drops below C$500

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were down sharply on Monday, hitting their lowest levels in three weeks. MORE

 

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

 

Berry crops at risk from insect

The Prairie Fruit Growers Association and Manitoba Agriculture Fruit Crops Program are working in collaboration on a province-wide surveillance program to detect and manage spotted winged drosophila (SWD), which can damage berry crops. MORE

 

U.S. wheat drops to lowest since June 29

U.S. wheat futures fell to their lowest in more than three weeks on Monday on profit taking as traders said damage from a drought in the U.S. Plains has been fully priced into the market. MORE

 

AM markets: speedy US cold front pushes grain prices lower HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Burrowing owls are returning to Manitoba pastures — with a little help

The burrowing owl has become largely non-existent in Manitoba since the 1980s, but one program is changing that. MORE

 

John Deere looks to 2018

New combines figure big in the green brand’s plan to get you buying MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 21 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 19 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, July 24 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

Acorn Request for Proposals – Organic Market Research Study

ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) is seeking marketing/market research expertise to conduct an organic consumer market study in New Brunswick (and possibly all the Maritimes). The organization is accepting proposals until August 2nd at noon. Full details can be found here.

 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Open House on Prince Edward Island

Join us as we celebrate 150 years of agriculture and showcase agricultural research and innovation at the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre on Prince Edward Island.

August 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 1200 Brackley Point Road Harrington, Prince Edward Island 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

 

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.