In partnership with PEI Agromart and Island Lime, the PEI Federation of Agriculture is pleased to offer a scholarship of $2,000 for the 2017/18 academic year.

Application deadline is June 1, 2017. Click here for the application form.

 

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

Canada and Mexico now the two amigos

From launching a data-mining drive aiming to find supply-chain pressure points to sending officials to mobilize allies in key U.S. states, Mexico and Canada are bolstering their defences of a regional trade pact President Donald Trump vows to rewrite. MORE

 

Animal welfare research focusing more on emotional states

Animal welfare research is moving beyond identifying what keeps an animal healthy, to focus more on their state of being and their happiness. MORE

 

Four farmers named to panel on Ontario prison farms

Four eastern Ontario farmers have been named to a new seven-member advisory panel on the “potential reopening” of two federal penitentiary farms at Kingston. MORE

 

Goat yoga makes Manitoba debut

Move over Vancouver and look out New York, goat yoga is taking Anola by storm — but there is a Manitoba twist to the growing fitness trend. MORE

 

School of Agriculture sees large graduate class

The University of Manitoba’s School of Agriculture has graduated its largest class in more than 30 years. MORE

 

Man arrested after liquid manure sprayed outside Quebec farmers’ union office

A man was arrested by police after 12,000 litres of liquid manure was sprayed outside the office of Quebec’s professional farmers’ union on Monday, police said. MORE

 

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Job Opportunity

AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS OFFICER

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

Location: Charlottetown

FULL-TIME CLASSIFIED POSITION – (COMMENCING IMMEDIATELY)

Closing date – May 23, 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is committed to the sustainable development of the agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island. The purpose of this position is to provide a broad range of highly specialized technical services to the staff of the Sustainable Agriculture Section to support the delivery of professional agri-environmental and engineering services that ensure that our natural resources are used in a sustainable manner. This position will also provide key technical support to research that will lead to improved beneficial management practices and assist in the delivery of agri-environmental policy and programs. MORE

 

Farm Credit Canada – Job Opportunity

Passion for agriculture required

Manage relationships with local producers and be responsible for a developing loan portfolio. You’ll tailor financing packages to meet your customers’ needs, including both lending and non-lending products, and help them build success.

Job Title: Relationship Manager

Location: Charlottetown, PE

Closing date: May 19, 2017

Language required: English

Term: Permanent

MORE

 

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

 

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/

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO:

Develop a process and identify suitable metrics to ultimately deliver a data set which definitively describes the economic, environmental and social effects of a robust organic agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island; link to detailed project description.

Please direct any inquiries to: Karen Murchison, PEI COPC Research Coordinator

email@organicpei.com or 902-894-9999

 

Livestock

 

Feeder cattle market remains firm

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $3-$5 above week-ago levels although lighter weight categories experienced week-over-week gains of $8 to as much as $12. The fed cattle market went through a correction, with live sales quoted from $181 to $186, down from the last week average trade of $195. MORE

 

Alberta judge won’t block sale of ranch land by aging cattleman to young couple

A judge has ruled an aging cattleman showing signs of dementia was not duped when he sold part of his land in the Rocky Mountain foothills to a young couple for a modest sum to keep the property as a working ranch. MORE

 

Cattle futures ease in technical selloff

U.S. cattle futures eased on Monday, with live cattle shedding two per cent and feeders dropping for the fourth time in the last five sessions in a technical selloff, traders and analysts said. MORE

 

Reopening of China to US Beef Beneficial for Cattle Producers

The Trump administration announced a 10-part deal with China, wherein the latter has agreed to re-open its doors to US beef imports by mid-July. The US has, in return, agreed to open its market to Chinese cooked poultry. MORE

 

Cattlemen Applaud Establishment of USDA Undersecretary for Trade Position

Last week, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. MORE

 

Ground about to break in Killarney on HyLife feed mill

Farm-to-fork pork producer HyLife has cleared the final hurdle before construction begins on a proposed feed mill in Killarney, Man. this month. MORE

 

Pig trial a PR disaster for industry

It was never going to end well for animal agriculture. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – May 11 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, May 15 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

Canadian potato planting still on track after wet weather

If the good weather from early last week had carried over into this week, Peter Griffin suggests his planting crew would have been on the land by now. MORE

 

UK potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. MORE

 

Change in regulations for export of Polish potatoes

This year, the regulations governing the shipment of Polish potatoes to other EU countries have changed. At the end of April, a revised regulation of the Minister of Agriculture came into force on how to deal with and prevent the spread of Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. Sepedonicus (CMS), which causes potato ring rot. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American grain/oilseed review: Canola closes mixed

ICE Futures Canada canola closed mixed on Monday. MORE

 

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

 

Wheat down on global supplies, seasonal pressure

U.S. wheat futures fell more than two per cent on Monday on chart-based selling, abundant global supplies and seasonal pressure from the approach of harvest, analysts said. MORE

 

AM markets: cotton rally frays. But soybean prices hold firm HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Trump reassures farmers immigration crackdown not aimed at their workers

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him. MORE

 

NPPC Commends USDA’s Establishment of Undersecretary for Trade

Last week, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. MORE

 

Stress tests for change

Knowing how to read and understand financial statements is one of the first steps in assessing financial risk, helping you track how you’re doing compared to previous years (or against sector averages), and how any changes may have an impact on your bank account. MORE

 

Foods for Radioactive Substances Under Analysis

“Even though radiation emitting radioactive elements like uranium are only contained in small quantities in food, their chemical properties and radioactivity could pose a risk if they are ingested over a longer period in higher concentrations,” says BfR President Professor Andreas Hensel. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Rayglen Market Comments – May 10 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – May 12 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, May 11 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

Trade Team PEI Business Mission to South Korea

When:   May 15, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Where:   Seoul, South Korea

Innovation PEI, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are seeking interest from PEI-based enterprises and organizations to participate in a multi-sector Business Mission to South Korea during the week of May 15-19, 2017. MORE

This mission will serve to enhance existing export relationships, provide opportunities for market expansion while at the same time providing an exceptional opportunity to introduce companies to this strong market. Korea is the 13th largest economy in the world and is one of the largest importing countries on the planet. P.E.I.’s exports to Korea in 2016 were almost $15 million and Canadian products/suppliers are much sought after for our high quality and reputation to deliver. This mission will be of particular interest to companies in the professional services, ICT, clean tech, education, manufacturing and food sectors. The customization of each delegate’s business development program to advance their mission-week and market objectives will be a core feature of this initiative.

During this week the Seoul Food and Hotel Show will be taking place offering mission participants a chance to see first-hand the breadth of product offering and to gather key market intelligence. While there is a Canada pavilion at this event, P.E.I. will not have a booth at the show for this year. Participants will be able to walk the show. However we will also be exploring this opportunity for future years. For details on the Seoul Hotel and Food Show visit http://www.seoulfoodnhotel.co.kr/

For more information on this mission and to express your interest in participating, please contact either of these mission leads by email or by phone:

Scott Ferris – Innovation PEI scferris@gov.pe.ca or (902) 368-5952 or Jeff Burry – ACOA Jeff.Burry@canada.ca or (902) 314-2197