August Member Profile – Phillip Jennings III and John MacSwain  HERE


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



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


Farmers Helping Farmers annual fundraising steak barbecue

Saturday Aug 12 from 4-6:30.

Tickets $30. Tickets available at Riverside Market, PEIFA office or from board members.

Call 902-393-0071


Public, industry weigh in on future of agriculture

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has published a report detailing public and industry feedback on a new five-year agriculture policy framework for P.E.I. MORE


Father and son from Georgia run high bush blueberry project on P.E.I.

A father and son from the state of Georgia run a 1000-acre ranch in Lorne Valley, P.E.I., where they are planting high bush blueberries — a rarity on the Island. MORE


Advancing an Innovative and Competitive Dairy Sector

A strong dairy industry and a competitive agricultural sector are vital to Canada’s prosperity, creating good jobs, growing the middle class, and bringing high-quality products to the tables of Canadian consumers. Budget 2017 recognizes that agriculture and agri-food is a key growth industry by supporting science, innovation and the overall competitiveness of the sector, to create better opportunities for farmers and Canadians. MORE


Investing in Northern Alberta – facility upgrades and expansion for food processors

The federal and provincial governments are providing up to $1.3 million in grants through Growing Forward 2 to help northern Alberta food processors upgrade equipment, expand capacity and improve efficiency to meet a growing demand for high-quality, value-added products. MORE


ACORN AGM & Speaker Series

Location: Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Centre

Mount Allison University

62 York Street/62 Rue York

Sackville, NB

August 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00PM/13h00-16h00

BBQ/Potluck to follow at/à suivre 4:30PM/16h30 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.




Calm feeder market prior to fall run

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets were hard to define over the past week given the limited numbers on offer. MORE


Beef rings speak volumes of local history

These early informal co-operatives kept beef on the table in the warm summer months before refrigeration MORE


Beef Production for W30 Up 5.7% from a Year Ago

Livestock markets were under the influence of the summer doldrums last week, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


Higher beef price boosts CME live cattle futures

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday recovered some of their recent losses, helped by the morning’s wholesale beef price turnaround, traders said. MORE


Irish Farmers Resisting Beef Price Pressure, Says IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers are strongly resisting unnecessary pressure from the factories this week on cattle prices. MORE


Beef Tariff Hike Threatens UK-Japan Trade Relations

Japan’s decision to hike tariffs on frozen beef imports from the United States could disrupt sales and harm trade relations between the two countries, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday. MORE


Ghanaian man milks know-how from Ontario dairy to help home country

An ambitious agriculture apprentice wants to recreate Ontario’s bucolic cow pastures and vast mechanized dairy farms in a place where a glass of non-powdered milk is considered an exotic drink. MORE


PED jumps Red River
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has jumped the Red River to infect a hog operation in the Altona-Gfretna region.
That increases infection zones to nine since the highly infectious and deadly disease blossomed in Southern Manitoba this summer. MORE


Swine Health Information Sharing Results in Reduction in Numbers of PED Infected Farms

The Manager of Swine Health Ontario credits a programme where pork producers share their farm’s swine health information with helping dramatically reduce the number of farms infected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea MORE


Manitoba Works to Eliminate New More Virulent Strain of PRRS

The President of the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians says the will is there to eliminate a new more virulent strain of PRRS MORE


Pork Production for W30 Up 2% from a Year Ago

Livestock markets were under the influence of the summer doldrums last week, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


Czech Beef, Pork Production Down; Poultry Production Up

Beef and pork production in the Czech Republic decreased in the second quarter of the year while poultry production rose, according to figures released by the Czech Statistical Office. MORE


Coalition Supports Nomination of Censky as USDA Deputy Secretary

The National Chicken Council this week joined other agricultural organisations in supporting the nomination of Stephen Censky as Deputy Secretary for the US Department of Agriculture. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 27 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, August 1 HERE





For the past three decades, potato yields in Eastern Canada have been falling worryingly behind those of other regions. MORE



There’s a new monument honouring the man whose innovations in potato farming helped make Alliston the spud capital of Ontario. MORE



Managing storage temperature is an enormous step to ensuring top quality product. MORE


Washington Crop Looking Good

Last winter’s heavy snowfall and a wet 2017 spring put Washington potato growers in the fields later than the 2016 season, but reports from the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) indicate a good crop is coming in. MORE



North Dakota State University (NDSU) plant pathologist Dr. Gary Secor announced July 27 that late blight was confirmed in a potato sample from Pembina County in northeast North Dakota. Since then it has been determined the outbreak is more widespread with finds in Walsh and Nelson Counties as well. MORE



As a kid growing up in the Netherlands, JP Claassen knew he wanted to be a potato farmer just like his dad. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola Drops in Sympathy with US Soy

The ICE Futures Canada canola market suffered sharp losses on Tuesday, in sympathy with the US soy complex which plummeted in the wake of a USDA crop condition report. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Tuesday: Canola prices lower, barley higher HERE


‘Keep it Clean’ to protect grain markets

The major western Canadian grain companies have identified five pesticides they don’t want used on the crops they buy MORE



The benefits of cover crops to soil health and, consequently, farm productivity are well discussed and widely known among scientists and farmers alike. MORE


Detecting spoilage before it starts

An adaptation of cancer-screening technology offers a better and safer way to check for grain bin moisture, with a bonus of theft detection 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


Good quality, but small caliber Canadian chickpeas expected

Hot and dry conditions cut into the yield potential and physical size of Canada’s chickpea crop, but the quality should be excellent while prices remain relatively strong. MORE


Crops could become jet fuel
Air Canada, Westjet and other Canadian airlines say their jets could be fuelled by farm crops and forests.
They are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint to meet political and environmental goals. MORE


Durum forecasters predict steady and strong market

For farmers able to nurse their durum across the finish line this harvest, prices in the winter could make it worth their while. MORE


Soy slides as crop ratings, weather boost supply prospects

U.S. soybean futures fell more than 3 percent on Tuesday after an unexpected improvement in the condition of U.S. crops eased concerns that recent hot weather would hurt yields. MORE


AM markets: grain futures recover, as talk turns to demand HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Texas calf looks like rocker Gene Simmons

A newborn calf in Texas has strikingly similar black-and-white facial markings to KISS frontman Gene Simmons, and the rock star likes their shared look. MORE


Mosaic shares tumble on disappointing fertilizer guidance

U.S. fertilizer producer Mosaic Co on Tuesday forecast slower phosphate sales and weaker prices for the current quarter, causing shares to plunge as much as 9 percent. MORE


Send them out to the barn

It’s already known that farm kids are less prone to asthma, but a new study by immunologists from the University of Zurich has identified sialic acid found in farm animals as the reason. MORE


Producers Favor Little Change in Farm Programs

Don’t screw up what we already have – That’s the word from the agricultural field to elected representatives in Washington concerning farm bill talks and budget proposals. On no subject does that advice apply more than on the issue of crop insurance. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 28 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 26 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, July 31 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


Farmers Helping Farmers annual fundraising steak barbecue

Saturday Aug 12 from 4-6:30.

Tickets $30. Tickets available at Riverside Market, PEIFA office or from board members.

Call 902-393-0071


ACORN AGM & Speaker Series

Location: Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Centre

Mount Allison University

62 York Street/62 Rue York

Sackville, NB

August 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00PM/13h00-16h00

BBQ/Potluck to follow at/à suivre 4:30PM/16h30 MORE


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



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


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.