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 jmurphy@peifa.ca to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

**SAVE THE DATE**

PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th

 

Photo contest celebrates agriculture and fisheries

Islanders can showcase the natural beauty inspired by our agriculture and fisheries industries through government’s annual photo contest. Deadline is Friday, July 28th at 4:00pm. MORE

 

Fish kill ‘a relatively small incident,’ says province

There is still not much known about a fish kill in western P.E.I. over the weekend, but a provincial environment official says it does not appear to have been a major event. MORE

 

P.E.I. milk production passes 10M litre mark

P.E.I. dairy farmers produced 10.2 million litres of milk in May, passing the 10 million litre mark for the first time since July of 1993. MORE

 

Livestock premises ID participation strengthens Canadian agriculture

Livestock traceability protects Canada’s livestock industry and the public’s well-being by strengthening the ability to respond quickly to disease outbreaks, food safety issues and natural disasters. MORE

 

Want free farmland? Grab your parka and head North

In Canada’s far north, the government of Yukon Territory wants to attract small farmers to the frigid region with a simple pitch: free land. MORE

 

Federal government extends food policy discussions

Citing a strong response from across the country, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay has extended the public consultations on a national food policy until Aug. 31. MORE

 

Canadian airlines aiming to become a biofuel superpower, reduce carbon footprint

The country’s top airlines say resource-rich Canada has the potential to become a biofuel superpower by transforming forest residue and agricultural crops into energy that can help the industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MORE

 

B.C. ranchers say costs of wildfires likely top hundreds of millions

The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association says wildfires have inflicted a terrible financial and emotional toll on its members. 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 www.peifa.ca/efp/

 

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.

 

Livestock

 

Feeder market firm despite outside influences

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets were unchanged from week-ago levels despite the strengthening Canadian dollar, stronger feed grain values and weaker fed cattle prices. MORE

 

Glitches remain for meat exports to Europe
The Canadian Meat Council is hoping for two changes to European regulations to improve pork and beef access under the new free trade agreement. MORE

 

Fund-selling extends CME live cattle futures losses

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday, led by lingering bearishness from last Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle reports, traders said. MORE

 

Latest COF Report Reveals More Heifers Placed into Feedlots

Profitability has allowed cattle feeders to aggressively buy animals (feeder cattle). The result has been more steers and heifers placed on-feed than a year ago and higher feeder cattle prices, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc . MORE

 

Ethiopia’s Dairy, Meat Exports Surge

The Ethiopian Meat & Dairy Industry Development Institute reported that the country generated 104 million dollars from meat, honey, wax, fodder products, and milk and dairy exports during the recently ended fiscal year. MORE

 

Pig Breeding, Chicken Egg Production Named as Growth Points in EEU States

The Eurasian Economic Commission declares that pig breeding and production of chicken eggs is the growth points in the agriculture of 2017-2018, reads the draft prognosis of the development of agricultural complex EEU. MORE

 

Dairy statistics, May 2017 HERE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 20 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, July 25 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

2017 ONTARIO POTATO FIELD DAY

The Ontario Potato Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Alliston HJV Equipment location. MORE

 

KNOW YOUR SOIL MOISTURE

Irrigation management means soil moisture monitoring is imperative. MORE

 

Washington Potato Industry Votes To Continue Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that potato producers in Washington voted to continue their federal marketing order program. MORE

 

Nominations now open for British Potato Industry awards

Nominations for the coveted ‘British Potato Industry Award’ and ‘AHDB Above and Beyond Award’ are now open. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Spec selling weighs on canola, beans

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were down on Tuesday, seeing some follow-through speculative selling after Monday’s break below nearby support. MORE

 

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

 

How dense is the perfect canola stand?

Have canola growers been targeting too-dense stands? MORE

 

Frost protection foam wins prize
The team that developed “Frost Armour” spray-on foam to protect crops from frost has won a $25,000 innovation prize in Kitchener. MORE

 

Before Brandon was the Wheat City

In most tellings, Brandon is a city that appeared from nowhere, fuelled by agricultural settlement. MORE

 

Start Small with Cover Crops

When it comes to growing cover crops, some common advice from the more than 100 farmers enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership is “start small.” The SHP is encouraging growers new to cover crops to start small, but start now. MORE

 

Wheat, corn and soybean futures post sharp declines

Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures fell on Tuesday, with investors shrugging off bigger-than-expected declines in U.S. crop ratings to focus on forecasts for better weather, traders said. MORE

 

U.S. senators seek ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

A group of Democratic senators hopes to ban a pesticide the U.S. government has greenlighted for use, according to a bill unveiled on Tuesday in a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump’s push to loosen environmental regulations. MORE

 

U.S. weather scares funds out of their shorts

Speculators have turned bullish across all three Chicago and Minneapolis wheat contracts for the first time in over two years. Funds are also buying back gobs of corn and soybean contracts after being record or near-record short in recent weeks. MORE

 

AM markets: grain markets cautious, as critical rains loom HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Three farm families, five years later

In 2012, Country Guide discovered a cluster of young farmers near out-of-the-way Cartwright, Man. They were all searching for ways to start small in the heart of big-farm Canada, and they all saw their best chance in a combination of direct marketing and holistic practices. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 21 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 19 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, July 25 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

 

3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation
***UPDATE–WE ARE NOW TAKING NAMES FOR OTHER DATES THAT MAYBE OFFERED FOR 3A TRAINING IF INTERESTED PLEASE GET YOUR NAME ON A WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT TRAINING SESSIONS!! WE MAYBE OFFERING SESSIONS IN JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER***

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 info@peiagsc.ca

 

SAVE THE DATE

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.