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February Member Profile – Joel and Amy Van Gurp – HERE


Membership Survey

The recent 76th Annual General Meeting was a great success on a number of fronts, but as always we would like to improve for next year. Please take a moment to complete this SURVEY to give us feedback, even if you did not attend, we’d like to know why and what might bring you out to the AGM in the future. Thanks! SURVEY


Richard Brown addresses P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture

Richard Brown delivered the luncheon address at the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture’s annual general meeting last Friday. MORE


My Gaelic Grandmother tells story of century of rural P.E.I. life

When Bertha Campbell sat down to chronicle her family’s history, she quickly decided she needed a sharper focus for the unwieldy topic. MORE


Minister MacAulay Announces Appointment of Anthony Douglas (Doug) Chorney to the

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today the appointment of Anthony Douglas (Doug) Chorney as Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The appointment is for a five-year term effective February 13, 2017. Biographical notes are attached. MORE


Minister MacAulay Announces Appointment of Lonny McKague to the Canadian Grain Commission

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today the appointment of Lonny McKague as Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The appointment is for a four-year term effective February 13, 2017. Biographical notes are attached. MORE


Bringing the field into the classroom: How farmers are working with N.L. schools

A group educating kids about the facts of farming is blossoming across Newfoundland and Labrador, with students learning the ABCs — apples, basil and carrots, for instance. MORE


2017 Prince Edward Island Potato Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Credit Union Place – Summerside, PEI

Please pre-register by February 10, 2017 by contacting 1-866-734-3276

Registration Fee: $20

Buffet Lunch will be held at Credit Union Place – Summerside, PEI MORE


PEI ALUS Program Reviewing Payment Rates

The Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program is undertaking a review of payment rates paid to Island farmers/landowners.  Surveys have been mailed to all ALUS program clients for feedback.  In addition, a digital version of the survey has been created.  If you are a client of the ALUS program and haven’t completed your survey yet, you can do so by following the link below.  The survey will be available online until February 23.

The link can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALUSclientsurvey3




Veterinary association sets framework for medicine oversight

Canadian veterinarians now have a framework for using antibiotics that will assist federal and provincial regulators concerned about antimicrobial resistance (AMR). MORE


Fed cattle uncertainty restricts upside in feeders

Western Canadian feeder cattle were actively trading $3-$5 higher compared to week-ago levels. Order buyers felt like they were groping in the dark but realized there was a fair amount of buying interest by the week’s end. MORE


Legislation to Address BLM Planning Rule Gains Support

The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applaud the introduction of concurrent resolutions in both the Senate and House disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule finalised last December. MORE


Study Shows Angus Genetics Works in All Markets

While the cattle market fell from record highs in 2014 in a steep dive to last fall’s low, the relative demand for quality and premium bids for Angus calves fared better. MORE


USMEF Highlights Importance of Red Meat Exports at Ag Expo

Last week, USMEF participated in the Minnesota Ag Expo, held 25-26 January at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The event is hosted annually by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Growers Association. MORE


Study on Defence Plan’s Impact on Beef Supply Chain Underway

Work is now underway on a study assessing the impacts of proposed military training area expansions on the beef supply chain, agribusinesses and local communities in Central and North Queensland, AgForce said today. MORE


Chinese University Develops ‘TB-resistant’ Cattle

Scientists in China say they have produced cloned cattle with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis. MORE


Move to Sow Pens will Require the Right People and Greater Training

The Director of the Swine Teaching and Research Center with University of Pennsylvania says the move from stall housing of gestating sows to pen housing will require superior stockmanship and a greater level of training to maximize success, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE


Hogs jump on pork gains

Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures surged three per cent to a seven-month high on Tuesday as rising pork and cash hog prices triggered investment fund and chart-based futures buying, traders and analysts said. MORE


Work Starts on Huge Pig Farm in Northern Ireland

Work has commenced on a new state of the art pig farm in Northern Ireland which is set to become one of the largest in the UK, writes Chris McCullough. MORE


EU Creates New Platform for Animal Welfare

The European Commission has adopted the creation of an expert group on animal welfare to be called the Platform on Animal Welfare. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – January 26 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, January 31 HERE




McCain Foods Scarborough plans to outsource cold and dry storage needs

McCain Foods (GB) has informed its employees it plans to outsource its cold and dry storage needs, putting 74 jobs at risk as a result of closing the current on-site storage. MORE


US potato exporters worried about impact of withdrawing from TPP
US farmers are wondering how local growers and farmers who export their products to Asia will be affected by the decision of the new president Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. MORE


McDonalds greenlights new potato variety for Pacific Northwest growers
McDonalds has recently given Pacific Northwest (PNW) process growers the green light to grow Clearwater Russet. The variety is expected to grow in popularity and production as they will be used by the fast food franchise to make french fries. MORE


On Target Application Academy Goes Digital

Today’s agricultural world is a complex environment. On any given operation around the country, growers in modern agriculture must effectively manage resistant weeds, comprehend advanced equipment technologies, and steward state-of-the-art herbicide chemistries. MORE


Always Sunny

Diversity. It’s become a major buzzword in the American lexicon over the last several years. Everybody wants to achieve it: diversity in the workplace, diversity in the government, diversity in the classroom, diversity in Hollywood. As society continues to grow more integrated and interwoven, a growing number of consumers have come to expect the same of their dinner plates. MORE


UK Supermarket Chain Morrisons buys FarmCare Carnoustie potato packing plant

Morrisons has acquired a potato packing firm in Angus in a deal which will strengthen the supply of Scottish tubers to the supermarket chain. MORE


Unions in India say potato boycott had limited effect on prices
The campaign to boycott potatoes in India due to rising prices had a “minimal” impact on the  agriculture sector, sector leaders and activists said on Monday. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola Falls To Two-Week Lows

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were down with follow-through speculative selling on Tuesday, hitting their lowest levels in two weeks despite a relatively firmer tone in the Chicago Board of Trade soy complex. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Tuesday: Canola futures prices lower, barley unchanged



Consider selling new-crop canola soon — more than usual

Canadian canola growers should consider selling new-crop canola soon and perhaps more than they would normally this early, says Thomas Mielke, executive director of Oil World, a German-based publication covering world vegetable oil and meal markets since 1958. MORE


Richardson buys eastern Saskatchewan input shop

Prairie grain firm Richardson Pioneer has added to its share of the eastern Saskatchewan crop input retail market with a deal for Crop First Agro. MORE


Corn, wheat firm on bargain buying, U.S. dollar

U.S. corn and wheat futures closed higher on Tuesday on bargain-buying a day after both markets fell to two-week lows, and on a weaker dollar, which tends to make U.S. grains more competitive globally, traders said. MORE


Dry spell in Argentina may spoil buzz for soybean bulls: Braun

Soybean bulls have been excited over the excessive rains across Argentina’s Soybean Belt in recent weeks, but an expected flip to dry weather might wither their enthusiasm. MORE


AM markets: grain futures start important month on sour note HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Is the unusual weather becoming usual?

This warm spell’s intensity and duration are record breaking, even if daytime highs aren’t MORE


Getting started at variable rate

A new computer system may help farmers find their optimum path into precision farming MORE


How much money is enough?

It’s happening on more farms. Is your working capital reserve dangerously low? MORE


Textron to buy Arctic Cat

A U.S. firm with multiple brands in the utility vehicle market is set to add Minneapolis-based ATV and snowmobile maker Arctic Cat to its roster. MORE


Syngenta Launches AI Challenge

Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation have partnered to launch the Syngenta AI Challenge, an international competition focused on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) tools for use in seed breeding. The competition is accepting submissions from applicants who are ready to put their programming skills to the test for the chance to win $7,500. MORE


Massey Ferguson Grows Dealer Network

Massey Ferguson, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, welcomed 20 dealerships to the Massey Ferguson compact and utility equipment (CUE) distribution network in 2016. The businesses will service and sell the full line of Massey Ferguson compact and utility tractors and attachments as well as conventional hay products. MORE


Project Aims to Bring ‘Internet of Things’ to Agriculture

The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project started on 1 January, and will investigate a large-scale implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) in the European farming and food sector. MORE


Regular Updates


FCC Express – January 27 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – January 27 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, January 31 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


In-Person Consumer Consultations on Food Labelling Modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada want to hear from everyday consumers like you.

We are holding in-person discussions to get your perspective on proposals to modernize food labelling in Canada and would like to talk about:

  • Labelling information that is important to you
  • Proposed improvements to food label information and legibility, and;
  • Enhancements to the ways consumers get information on label claims or statements

There is no cost to register. Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to attend. Prior knowledge of food labelling is not required.

In-person consumer sessions will be held in the following cities:

Atlantic Provinces

  • Charlottetown, PEI February 1, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (English)
  • St-John’s, NL February 3, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (English)



Those who register for both events will receive a 15% discount.

Bridging the Gap: Succession & Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families!

February 9th and 10th

Glengarry Hotel – Truro, Nova Scotia

Register HERE

Innovate for Value Chain Management

February 10th and 11th

Dalhousie Agricultural Campus – Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

Register HERE


Atlantic 4R Nutrient Stewardship Training

Fertilizer Canada’s Nutrient Stewardship training courses help you understand the economic, social, and environmental advantages of 4R practices and how these can be implemented on Canadian farms.

-Free Training

-Participants will receive certification after course completion

-Lunch Provided

**Note: Only the first 30 participants to RSVP will be accepted

-Please send your RSVP to: nfrost@fertilizercanada.ca or call (613)-786-3032

February 22, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Westmorland Room, Crowne Plaza 1005 Main St, Moncton, NB


Atlantic Farm Women Conference

April 28 & 29 at the Delta Halifax, N.S.

Register before March 31 registration fee is $90 plus you will be entered to win your conference registration free. After March 31, registration will be $115.

To register: http://atlanticfarmwomen.weebly.com/-registration.html

Agenda on line: http://atlanticfarmwomen.weebly.com/agenda.html


Attention: Class A Pesticide Applicator Certificate Holders

To renew your pesticide applicator certificate there are three options available for you:

First Option:        Renewal of your certificate by receiving Continuing Education Credits.
Second Option:    Take a one day training course & write the two hour exam.
Third Option:       Make an appointment to come in and  write the two hour exam.

First Option:
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will be offering two different training days
Day A and Day B.  You are required to attend one Day A and one Day B over the five year re-certification period.  Only one day per calendar year can be credited.

Day A – Topics covered: General Information, Regulations, Environmental Safety, and Application                Technology.
Day B – Topics covered: Emergency Response, Labeling, Professionalism, Traceability, Integrated Pest Management, and Human Health and Safety.

Your current Pesticide Applicator Certificate will remain valid until the expiry date printed on your certificate.  New Class A certificates will now all have an expiry date of March 31.  The fee payable for a new 5-year certificate is $75.

When you have met the requirements to renew your license, you will be mailed an application form for renewal of your Pesticide Applicator Certificate. Should you fail to attend both of these training sessions prior to the expiry date on your current Certificate, you will need to successfully complete the written examination to obtain a new certificate.

The 2017 training schedule is as follows:

Day A:
February 21, 2017      Lane’s Riverhouse Inn, Montague

March 14, 2017          Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

Day B:
February 2,2017         Loyalist Inn, Summerside
February 22,2017        Lanes Riverhouse Inn, Montague
March 16, 2017           Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.  All information sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be completed by 4:00 p.m.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is a
$ 25. fee to offset this cost.
To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154.
Should you have questions or require additional detail, please do not hesitate to contact Shelley Ployer at (902) 368-4154 or via e-mail at  seployer@gov.pe.ca

Second Option:
You can also renew your license by attending a one day training course and writing the exam at the end of the day (there is no cost to attend this course).  This training course is designed to refresh your memory and prepare you for writing the exam. It DOES NOT provide you with any certification days.  There is no cost to write the exam.  The cost for a 5 year Pesticide Applicator Certificate is $75.

The 2017 training schedule for the one day course followed by writing the exam is as follows:

February 1, 2017  Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown
February 22, 2017   Loyalist Inn, Summerside March 15, 2017   Rodd Royalty, TCH, Charlottetown
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.  Training sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. and are completed by 3:30 p.m.   The exam will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154.

Third Option:
You can make an appointment to write the two hour exam by calling Debbie MacRae at
(902) 368-5024 or Thane Clarke at (902) 368-5599 at the Department of Communities, Land and Environment in Charlottetown. The cost is the same, $75.