Local, Regional, Canadian News


Where have all the growers gone? Strawberry acres down by almost half

Strawberries are becoming a rarer crop on P.E.I., as the acreage has plummeted in recent years as has the number of growers. MORE


High winds create ‘red outs’ on P.E.I. roads

Some drivers around Summerside, P.E.I., reported poor visibility as strong winds kicked up red Island soil on Sunday afternoon. MORE


Be on the lookout for this little stinker of an agricultural pest in P.E.I.

Islanders are advised to be on the lookout for an agricultural pest causing significant damage to crops in the U.S. MORE


Wanted: Site for P.E.I.’s next wind farm

The P.E.I. Energy Corporation will hold public meetings this summer with residents in four Island communities to find out if they want to be a part of the next expansion in wind energy. MORE


Improving water and fertilizer management to keep agriculture and the environment green and sustainable

Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain their farms and livelihoods from one generation to the next. They also know that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand. MORE


Cold-loving bacteria turns food waste into energy and fertilizer

Researchers from Montreal’s Concordia University say they’ve found a way to process waste into resources in colder climes. MORE


Expanding international markets for British Columbia’s seafood sector

The Government of Canada is committed to helping British Columbia’s seafood sector grow their businesses, expand and access new markets at home and abroad. Budget 2017 sets an ambitious target to grow Canada’s agri-food exports to at least $75 billion annually by 2025. This is all part of the Government’s plan to create good jobs and grow the middle class. MORE


Conservation district holds a water festival

Erosion, water patterns and pollution were among the themes explored at Brandon’s first water festival MORE


Welcome to Succession Planning Week!

Last month Statistics Canada released the results of the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Like many of you, I was eager to read up on the results and discover how our industry has changed in the five years since the last survey was conducted.  MORE


MPs Tour a Canadian Dairy Farm

Monday, June 5, Todd Styles of Oakstone Farm in Kinburn, Ontario, opened his barn doors to his federal Member of Parliament, Karen McCrimmon (Kanata-Carleton), along with fellow Liberal MPs Lloyd Longfield (Guelph), and newly-elected MP Mona Fortier (Ottawa-Vanier). Additional attendees included staff from MP McCrimmon and MP Wayne Easter’s office, and employees of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). MORE


Summer Employment Opportunity with PEI COPC

Beginning July 04, 2017 and continuing for 8 weeks.

Summer Program Assistant

The summer program assistant will work directly with the PEI COPC Research Coordinator and under the

guidance of the organization’s board of directors. MORE


Selection Process for Farm Products Council of Canada

On February 25, 2016, the Prime Minister announced a new process for Governor in Council appointments. This new process supports an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process focused on identifying high-quality candidates who demonstrate Canada’s diversity.

This process will be used to select new members for the Farm Products Council of Canada. I am writing to you to seek your assistance in promoting this selection process.

The candidates we are looking for must have experience as a primary producer, in agribusiness, in the agri-food industry, or in food distribution or retail. Candidates should also have experience in decision making with respect to sensitive and complex issues, experience in maintaining effective relationships with multiple stakeholders and balancing their interests and divergent views, and an understanding of the Canadian supply management system for poultry and eggs.

I encourage you to inform your members of this opportunity and invite interested candidates to apply for a member position at the following website: HERE


Advance Payments Program through the PEI Federation of Agriculture

Eligible producers will are now able to apply for the 2017 Advance Payments Program through the PEI Federation of Agriculture.

Federation Members will continue to receive a preferred rate on Administrative Fees. This is available for farmers who have paid their dues in 2017 or those that were members as of December 31, 2016.

For more information on the program, please contact Andrew Wood or Tim Seeber at 902-368-7289.


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/




Cattle, hog futures ease on fund selling

U.S. cattle and hog futures fell one per cent or more on Monday, pressured by chart-based and investment fund selling, traders and analysts said. MORE


U.S. finalizes talks to resume beef exports to China

Final details are in place to allow U.S. exporters to resume beef shipments to China, U.S. officials said on Monday, allowing companies to prepare for their first shipments in 14 years. MORE


US Beef One Step Closer to Chinese Dining Table

The United States moved one step closer toward resuming its beef export to China after the country’s agricultural department said trade rules have been finalised. MORE


New Guide to Help Reduce Weed Risks When Feeding Cattle

A new guide has been launched to help Queensland primary producers reduce the risk of spreading weeds when sourcing hay and other fodder for their cattle. MORE


Meghalaya Assembly Passes Resolution Against Cattle Slaughter Ban

The Meghalaya Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and demanded its withdrawal as it would “impact the economy of the state and the food habit of its people”. MORE


Ministry Urges Farmers to Tag, Trace Cattle

As part of its continuing implementation of the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS), the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has intensified its national appeal to cattle farmers to ensure that they tag their bovine animals. MORE


Keeping in touch helps Ontario pork industry keep a handle on key diseases 

Reducing devastating disease outbreaks is priority number one for the Ontario Pork Industry Council. MORE


Pig Prices Approaching Temporary Plateau

Another positive day for sellers and, although prices are to some extent approaching a plateau for the time being, pig numbers remain tight and demand is firm, writes Peter Crichton in his “Traffic Lights” commentary for 9 June 2017. MORE


Farming Breakthrough Could Alleviate Human Antibiotics Time Bomb

The discovery of an organism able to target harmful bacteria and leave ‘good’ bacteria intact in pigs could be poised to drive a long term change in how people with drug-resistant infections are treated. MORE


B.C. SPCA investigating ‘absolutely sickening’ alleged abuse of chickens

Animal advocates say they have opened an investigation into “absolutely sickening” alleged animal abuse by a chicken-catching service in Chilliwack, B.C. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – June 8 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, June 12 HERE


Canada’s potato gene bank protects global food security

Housed in Canada’s centre of excellence for potato research along the Saint John River Valley in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) scientists maintain a living library of nearly 180 potentially high-value potato gene resources. MORE


Colorado State University to study the spread of pathogens in US potato crops

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $264,600 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the spread of pathogens in U.S potato crops. MORE


Kiremko looks back on memorable 50th Anniversary & Opening new building

On 19th May 2017 Kiremko celebrated her 50th anniversary and the opening of the new building with all employees and guests from all over the world. For this special occasion the factory was transformed into an amazing party venue. MORE


Indian potato growers urge government to open exports to Pakistan

Arguing that potato growers are suffering losses, the Jalandhar Potato Growers Association (JPGA) has demanded the export of potatoes to Pakistan and for the availability of express rail rates for transporting their produce to southern states. MORE


Canadian Potato Storage Report – HERE

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola ends mixed as C$, Soy offset each other

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts finished mixed on Monday. Concerns over dwindling canola stocks helped lift the July contract while the more deferred values were weighed down by losses in the US soy complex. MORE


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


Alfalfa flowering and proper forage drying

This is the sixth release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks ahead. MORE


Distilling it on the Rock: Vodka, gin coming out of Clarke’s Beach

The craft beer scene may be all the rage, but Peter Wilkins and William Carter of the Newfoundland Distillery Company say their beverage is boastworthy, too. MORE


Subsurface drip irrigation

When it comes to being a better farm manager, many retailers, extension personnel and researchers talk about cost of production and “controlling the controllable,” which leads to the usual factors coming up, including seed selection, soil fertility, residue management and weed control. MORE


Fear of losing blueberry growers as prices drop, crop soars

Members of Maine’s agriculture industry and state government fear the possibility of losing blueberry growers due to a depression in prices that has made growing the beloved crop a less reliable way to make a living. MORE


Improving weather views pressure corn, soy, wheat

U.S. corn futures dropped 2.8 per cent on Monday on forecasts for rain that is expected to bolster the health of a crop stressed by adverse weather throughout planting and early development, traders said. MORE


“China’s fresh vegetable prices continue to dip”

“In comparison to last year’s season, export prices of non-storage fresh vegetables at this stage are decreasing. This is closely related to a general fall in vegetable prices that recently took place in China, and for which there are three main reasons. MORE


AM markets: does US cool mean spring wheat rally is ‘over’? HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Multinationals face new pressures in grocery stores

Skippy peanut butter and Dad’s chocolate chip cookies are gone from the Canadian marketplace. If you feel sad about seeing these iconic brands go, brace yourselves. It’s just the beginning. MORE


Regular Updates


CFA in Action – June 7 HERE

FCC Express – June 6 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – June 9 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – June 7 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, June 12 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Let’s Celebrate Fries with the Works!

As Islanders, we know that Fries with the Works is a legendary local dish featuring PEI French Fries.  However, when you talk to Islanders about Fries With The Works, or when you see them listed on a local menu, there can be many variations in ingredients! As a result, the PEI Potato Board is launching a survey to ask Islanders “just what IS Fries With The Works” to you?

“There’s no tastier way to enjoy PEI Fries when on the Island than eating them with the “works,” but we want to know exactly what ‘the works’ is” says Rodney Dingwell, PEI potato farmer and chairman of the PEI Potato Board.

Have your say! Tell us what how you eat your Fries with the Works by going online and filling out a survey, with a chance to win a $100 grocery gift card.

“If a tourist came to PEI and asked what Fries With The Works is, Islanders have a clear answer as to what ‘works’ go on our world famous fries, as well as knowing if there’s a ‘classic’ version, says Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board.

Visit the website http://www.frieswiththeworks.ca. Survey closes June 20, 2017.


PEI COPC Organic Farm Tour
PEI COPC will be hosting a one day organic farm tour on Wednesday, July 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m..
Local media, social media guests, COPC staff, PEIDAF Minister and Deputy will be attending the tour of five COPC member farms, including: Dexter Cattle Company, Square One Organics, Red Soil Organics, Heartbeet Organics, and Schurman Family Farm.

Transportation and lunch are provided.

Seats are limited and tickets will be on sale beginning next week ($25 each or $20 for COPC members).

Contact Karen at email@organicpei.com  or 902-894-9999 for more information.


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 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