P.E.I. agriculture insurance surplus to stay in fund

Agriculture minister Alan McIsaac previously suggested the province was using the surplus elsewhere MORE


Strawberries plentiful in Cape Breton but the workers aren’t

NS – Eddie Rendell says he can’t get enough seasonal workers to harvest his crop MORE


Quarantine lifted on 25 Ontario poultry farms

The quarantine on 25 Oxford County poultry farms has been lifted after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency discovered avian flu on three farms in the area last April. MORE


Another Alberta county to declare an agricultural disaster as drought strengthens its grip

Barrhead’s Shane Debock will be forced this year to turn 25 per cent more of his crops into livestock feed because of hot and dry weather ravaging farms over a large part of the province. MORE




Klassen — softer beef complex weighs on feeders

Western Canadian feeder cattle experienced a week-over-week decline of $3 to $6 on average. In central Alberta, the market appeared to hold value on larger strings of quality feeders but the market in all other regions of the Prairies appeared to lack buying enthusiasm. Alberta fed cattle prices were quoted in the range of $186 to $192 and with pen closeout breakeven prices at $186, margins are close to moving into negative territory. MORE


U.S. livestock: Cash price pessimism drops CME live cattle to 13-month low

Sharply lower feeder cattle close, hog contracts settle mostly lower MORE


More cattle heading to market as drought worsens

AB – Emphasis was on growing the herd, but that’s been nearly abandoned due to dry conditions MORE


Sask. cattle producers ask for tax deferrals

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has asked the federal government to implement tax deferrals for producers forced to sell livestock due to dry conditions. MORE


Amid Prairie drought, little hope for a Hay West 2.0

As Prairie ranchers ponder the dusty horizon left by a protracted drought, memories of the 2002 Hay West drought relief effort have been wistfully revived. But experts say that farmers wondering if there’s any chance of a Hay West 2.0 are likely out of luck thanks to reduced hay acreages in Ontario that have left little hay available to ship to Western Canada. MORE




GRAINS-U.S. wheat drops to 1-month low on poor demand, corn eases

Chicago wheat futures slid for a ninth consecutive session on Wednesday to a near one-month low as U.S. exporters continue to lose business and a rapidly progressing harvest adds to supplies. MORE


ICE Canada Review: Canola Posts Gains Taking Strength From US Soy

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market ended higher on Tuesday, as gains in the US soy complex lent strength to canola prices. MORE


U.S. grains: Soybeans rally on bargain buying, corn firms, wheat weak

Firm cash markets lend support to both corn and soybeans MORE


Sudden death syndrome of soybean found in Arkansas

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) was confirmed last Friday in Desha County in Arkansas. The disease is caused by the fungus Fusarium virguliforme. MORE


Farmers offered a prize for 100-bushel canola

A complete set of John Deere equipment for the first to crack 100 bushels on 50 acres MORE


New funding for R&D projects in Manitoba

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than $2 million over three years to support research and development projects in the province’s agriculture and agri-food sector and potato research is getting a share of the funding. MORE


China: Conference to boost potato production
Beijing will host an international conference in late July to promote cooperation in the potato industry. MORE


General Interest


We’re playing roulette with no national food policy

To its peril, Canada’s agri-food industry — and indeed all of Canada — has chugged along for more than a century without a comprehensive agri-food strategy. MORE


India is a country of two agricultures

The nation is a world player in food, but full of contrasts and contradictions MORE


Why losing bees will sting

WE may lose a lot more than honey if bees are unable to cope with the changing climate and increasing demand for agricultural land. Your morning coffee might be a thing of the past if bees disappear, and if coffee isn’t your thing, you undoubtedly eat many of the fruit and vegetables (and chocolate) that rely on bee pollination for survival. MORE


Regular Updates


Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, July 20 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, July 21 HERE

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

AM markets: Canada data help oilseeds beat sagging grainsHERE

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


PEI Wild Blueberry Workshop Series

July 29 – 31, Various locations

Presenters will discuss key topics that have been identified through recent PEI blueberry crop management programs. There will be time during and after the workshop to talk with Presenters, Specialists and other growers. For locations and more information please go HERE


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.


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!


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.


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 July:

25th and 26th– Summerside     27th and 28th– Stratford