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

 

May Member Profile – Chris Downey HERE

 

Firefighters save potato warehouse in North St. Eleanors

A large Summerside area potato producer narrowly avoided disaster Monday when a fire broke out in a warehouse holding “millions” of dollars worth of seed tubers. MORE

 

Sign of spring #4: Highway weight restrictions lifted

Temporary spring weight restrictions have been lifted from all Prince Edward Island roads. MORE

 

Connecting the Needs of Food and Beverage Processors with the Priorities for Research and Innovation

The Government of Canada is providing an additional investment of $120,000 to the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI) science cluster in order to consult with food and beverage processors on the research and innovation priorities they want to see to advance the sector. MORE

 

Insect entrees

A professor emeritus at the University of Guelph says insects might be a more sustainable source of nutrition, but just how they’ll be used is up in the air. 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/

 

Spring Management Workshop

Cameron Menzies from The Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture will be putting on a spring management beekeeping workshop for PEI beekeepers in May. The morning of the workshop will be an indoor lecture on spring hive management and preparing for summer management. The afternoon portion of the workshop will be a field portion where participants are invited to the apiary of a local beekeeper to visualize some spring management in action. The workshop will be held twice at two different locations in the province.

The dates and locations of the workshops are:

Friday May 5th, 9:00 AM at The Farm Centre, 420 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE

Saturday May 6th, 9:00 AM at The Riverhouse Inn and Cottages, 33 Brook St, Montague, PE

Both workshops will be free for participants. Lunch will not be provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Time will be allotted for a lunch break mid-day. Participants who are serious about beekeeping and already have operating hives are most encouraged to attend.

RSVP: Cameron Menzies – Cell: 902-957-3427 – Email: cmenzies@perennia.ca

 

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

 

Studying the benefits of grass-fed livestock

It’s unlikely that University of Toronto researcher Richard Bazinet will include on his resumé the fact that he had a whole room of farmers holding their noses. MORE

 

Feeder cattle prices surge

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices once again traded $3-$5 above week-ago levels, with shorter-keep quality cattle as much as $8 higher. MORE

 

CME live cattle hold modest gains

Chicago Mercantile Exchange nearby live cattle contracts on Monday settled with modest gains, supported by their discounts to last week’s futures prices and robust wholesale beef demand, said traders. MORE

 

CSC Rolls Out Livestock Restocking Programme

The Cold Storage Company (CSC) has partnered with a local fuel company to roll out a restocking and recapitalisation programme, which will see farmers getting heifers on loan basis to grow their herd. MORE

 

Cross-border hog biosecurity coming
Hog industry leaders from the United States and Canada have begun discussions on cross-border biosecurity. MORE

 

Đồng Nai Aims to Save Pig Farming Industry

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Đồng Nai’s administration on Thursday discussed measures to rescue the southern province’s pig-farming industry following the precipitous drop in the prices of live pigs. MORE

 

China Corn Makes Comeback to Japanese Livestock Farms

Japan imported China-grown corn for livestock feed for the first time since February 2010 in March in order to ease shortages, according to the Japanese Ministry of Finance. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – April 27 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, May 1 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

TWO POTATO COMPANIES GET FUNDING BOOST FROM FEDS

A potato processor in Souris, P.E.I., is getting a $500,000 loan and a potato farm in western P.E.I. is getting $400,000 loan from the federal government to help expand their respective businesses. MORE

 

Dutch fresh market potatoes in transition

Under the smoke of Schiphol airport, in the middle of the Randstad, lies Holland Potatoes. This farm and potato sorting business is owned by brothers, Jan and Ban Ham. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola traces soy higher in light-trading day

The ICE Futures Canada canola market finished higher on Monday, tracking advances in the US soy complex. MORE

 

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

 

Canadian canola stocks seen dwindling to four-year low

Canadian stockpiles of canola dwindled to a four-year low ahead of planting season after brisk demand from crushers and exporters, but wheat supplies swelled, according to a Reuters survey of 12 traders and analysts. MORE

 

Spring seeding — one of Manitoba’s biggest mega-projects — about to begin

A$2.6-billion mega-project will soon start in Manitoba — but it won’t likely make many headlines. MORE

 

Support grows to keep deferred cash purchase tickets

Support to retain deferred cash purchase tickets for western grain farmers is building. MORE

 

Be kind to your insect friends

Of the thousands of insect species around your fields, only a few damage crops. Here’s a guide to identifying and protecting the good bugs that eat the bad ones MORE

 

Pickseed to buy forage seed firm Moore Seeds

The Canadian arm of one of the world’s top forage seed players plans to expand its space in the Peace region with a deal for forage and turfgrass seed dealer Moore Seeds. MORE

 

Viterra buys North Dakota elevator

Prairie grain handler Viterra is expanding its reach in eastern North Dakota with a deal for Gavilon Grain’s elevator at Grand Forks. MORE

 

Corn, soy, wheat rally after weekend weather woes

U.S. wheat futures surged 5.2 per cent to their highest in nearly two months on Monday after a weekend snow storm in key production areas raised concerns about severe crop damage, traders said. MORE

 

A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some

Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. MORE

 

Cherkizovo Group’s Acquisition of NAPKO Complete

Cherkizovo Group has announced its completion of the acquisition of 100 per cent of NAPKO, one of Russia’s leading grain producers. MORE

 

AM markets: Wheat prices up 8% in 2 days, as US woes spark ‘explosion’ HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

A guide to beneficial insects

There are thousands of insect species in the fields across Canada. But how can you tell which are the beneficial insects and which bugs are trouble? Here’s a quick guide to help you identify and protect the good bugs that prey on the bad ones. MORE

 

Agrium posts smaller-than-expected loss for quarter

Agrium, the world’s biggest farm retailer, reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Monday, helped by higher selling prices for potash. MORE

 

Monsanto halts sale of Precision Planting arm to Deere

Monsanto subsidiary The Climate Corp. has cancelled a deal to sell its Precision Planting business to Deere and Co., citing the months-long court fight against it. MORE

 

Unity Among Farmers, Cooperative Presidents Brussels; Future of CAP Agreed Upon

European farmers and cooperative Presidents united in Brussels on Friday (28 April) and agreed on a joint position on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), underlining the need for a stronger, sustainable and more modern CAP which is more capable of responding to current and future challenges. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Rayglen Market Comments – April 26 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – April 28 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, May 1 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

Spring Management Workshop

Cameron Menzies from The Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture will be putting on a spring management beekeeping workshop for PEI beekeepers in May. The morning of the workshop will be an indoor lecture on spring hive management and preparing for summer management. The afternoon portion of the workshop will be a field portion where participants are invited to the apiary of a local beekeeper to visualize some spring management in action. The workshop will be held twice at two different locations in the province.

The dates and locations of the workshops are:

Friday May 5th, 9:00 AM at The Farm Centre, 420 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE

Saturday May 6th, 9:00 AM at The Riverhouse Inn and Cottages, 33 Brook St, Montague, PE

Both workshops will be free for participants. Lunch will not be provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Time will be allotted for a lunch break mid-day. Participants who are serious about beekeeping and already have operating hives are most encouraged to attend.

RSVP: Cameron Menzies – Cell: 902-957-3427 – Email: cmenzies@perennia.ca

 

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