19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


1st Island-wide PEI Potato Social!

August 9 from 11-3pm at Monaghan Farms on Route 2 in Norboro.

The PEI Potato growers want to say thank you to our Island friends and neighbours for all the support we’ve received in the past year! Join the PEI Potato farm families in a FREE public BBQ with lots of potato treats! Visit our page on facebook to get more information HERE or REGISTER now!  We look forward to seeing you all there!


Local, Regional, Canadian News


PEI Milking Shorthorn named Cow-of-the-Year
The 2015 Canadian Milking Shorthorn Cow of the Year is a record-breaking cow from Prince Edward Island who has been making headlines for the past few years.  Oceanbrae Fawn’s Accent-P EX-94-2E is a six-year-old cow that is the all-time Canadian Milking Shorthorn record holder for single lactation fat production after breaking this record in each of the last two years.  MORE


Group supports Water Act development: Timeline for development of legislation too short

The Provincial government recently released its long awaited White Paper on the development of a Water Act. The report provides a broad outline of the key legislative goals, and offers a general description of a two-stage process of public consultation. MORE


Farmers fight false information about supply management

For months, Canadian farmers have endured a concerted attack on the system that brings Canadians the dairy, poultry and egg products they trust. As the pressure to conclude the TPP negotiations in Hawaii this week mounts, so does rhetoric and the proliferation of misperceptions surrounding supply management through certain attacks in the media, and by some think tanks and those with vested interests. MORE


Southey-area farmer with flooded yard wants help from province

Vern Maier says bringing in his wheat crop will be difficult MORE




U.S. livestock: CME live cattle stretch rally into fourth straight day

CME feeder cattle finish firm, hog futures settle higher MORE


Klassen: Feeder cattle prices stabilize

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices found some footing this past week trading at similar levels to seven days earlier.  Auction market volumes consisted of stragglers and late bloomers with minimal numbers on offer; buyers on hand continue to promote the scarcity principle which caused the market to stabilize. MORE


U.S. beef herd expected to rebuild
The beef cow population in the United States is expected to grow by over three million head in the next three to five years, according to a new report by Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group. MORE


US Beef Herd Expansion Could Be Cut Short

The current phase of US beef herd expansion is not expected to last as long as the last rebuild period in 1990-1995. MORE


Last of Ontario’s avian flu quarantines ends

Canada on track to regain avian flu-free status in October MORE




GRAINS-Soybeans firm on U.S. crop worry, wheat firm, corn down

Chicago soybean prices were supported by concerns about the U.S. crop on Wednesday, while wheat rose on worry poor weather could reduce harvests in major exporter Australia. MORE


U.S. grains: Corn bounces off six-week low prior to crop forecasts

Wheat, nearby soybeans fail to hold gains MORE


N Ireland: Worst Tyrone potato harvest in years
A late spring followed by a wet summer and difficulties in securing arable land have led to fears that Tyrone’s potato harvest could be the worst in years. MORE


China makes global commitment to the potato

China’s commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted the World Potato Congress, July 28-30. There were more than 900 delegates at the congress, two thirds of who came from China. The congress followed a two-day-long Chinese Potato Congress and was held in Yanqing, 75 kilometers north of Beijing, the country’s capital. IPPSC 2015 speaker, Cedric Porter from World Potato Markets reports exclusively for Potato Processing International magazine from the World Potato Congress. MORE


General Interest


U.S. farm, consumer groups aim to block Monsanto bid for Syngenta

Several U.S. farm and consumer groups are working on strategies to derail a proposed tie-up of Monsanto and agricultural seeds and chemicals rival Syngenta, saying a combination of the market leaders would spell fewer and higher-priced products. MORE


The Globe and Mail to publish organic report

COTA is once again partnering with The Globe and Mail to produce a Special Report on Organic in Canada’s national newspaper, timed to coincide with Organic Week September 19-27. This is a unique opportunity to highlight your commitment to the organic sector and to promote your message directly to consumers across the country. The deadline to reserve ad space is August 11. For more information, contact Henry ChenMORE


Regular Updates


ACORN E-News – August 2015 HERE

CFA in Action – Aug 4 HERE

FCC Express – July 31 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, August 4 HERE

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

AM markets: El Nino reminder, easing China fears lift agsHERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

More Futures Prices – HERE and HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Farmers Helping Farmers – Celebrating 35 Years – Annual Beef Barbeque

August 8th 4:00 – 6:30 – Harrington Research Station – 1200 Brackley Pt. Rd.

$30.00 Adult and $10.00 for children 12 yo and under. Tickets available at PEIFA office and Riverview Mrket.


19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


PEI Organic Hemp Seed Field Day

August 17, Various locations

Hosted by the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative (COPC), will include presentations from the main buyer in eastern Canada (eastern Quebec),  a plant breeder from Ontario who is working on Island-adapted varieties, a successful Saskatchewan organic hemp farmer, and on collaborative trials at the AAFC Harrington Research Station. There will also be a visit to a 10 acre field trial in one of our members’ fields. Free to attend and all are welcome! See HERE for more details and to confirm your participation.


Workshop: The Use of Micro-Organisms in Organic Farming

August 18th, 6:30 pm at the Farm Centre (420 University Ave., Charlottetown), Room 107 MORE


Intergenerational Transfer of Woodlots Seminar

September 17th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Farm Center;420 University Avenue; Charlottetown

This seminar is FREE to all members of the PEI Woodlot Owners Association. Please contact John Rowe: rowe@pei.sympatico.ca  or phone – 902-940-1933 – to pre-register. MORE


First Aid and CPR courses

The PEIFA is offering First Aid and CPR courses through Island First Aid Services for $70+hst. The courses are 2 days in length and are good for 3 years. If you have several people needing training in your workplace courses can also be arranged at the farm for a minimum of 8 people. For further information on these courses or any other training opportunities please contact Charlotte at the PEIFA office 902-368-7289.

Dates for August:

5th and 6th- Summerside       8th and 9th – Stratford

11th and 12th – Stratford       22nd and 23rd – Summerside

27th and 28th – Stratford

Dates for September:

12th and 13th – Stratford       14th and 15th – Stratford