P.E.I. dairy farmer carries on family business

Tom Robinson is in the process of purchasing Blue Diamond Farm, a modern dairy operation in South Freetown, from his parents. MORE


Smallman Farms recognized as potato producer of the year

Fourth generation potato growers Christopher and Derek Smallman, are the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s Potato Producers of the Year. MORE


Honey bees fared pretty well considering brutal winter

P.E.I.’s apiarist says hive losses were just slightly higher than Canadian average MORE


Harper Government Invests in Vegetable Preservation

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment of $2.5 million to Bonduelle Research Inc., to introduce a new food preservation technology which prolongs the shelf-life of vegetables making them safer to consume longer after they are harvested. MORE


Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

‘It’s hard to put out a press release during an election, let alone a 21st century trade agreement’ MORE


Supply management in Canada: Why politicians defend farm marketing boards

The boards, a frequent whipping boy in international trade talks, are both a boon and a bogeyman MORE


Three-hour tornado & Regina’s wettest day ever

Coronach, Sas. recorded 85 mm (3.3 inches), according to Environment Canada data MORE




U.S. livestock: Beef price turnaround rallies CME live cattle futures

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts finished in positive territory on Tuesday for the first time in five sessions, fuelled by active short-covering following the recent wholesale beef price rise, traders and analysts said. MORE


Klassen: Various views on the feeder cattle market

If you talked to three Western Canadian cattle buyers this week, you probably would receive four different views on the market. MORE 


Brazil looking to open Canadian, Saudi Arabian fresh beef markets

Brazil is working on a deal to open the Canadian market for fresh beef in the second half of 2015 and is in the final phase of opening the Saudi Arabian market, the agriculture ministry’s secretary of international relations said on Monday. MORE


New funding to improve disease resilience and sustainability in pork production 

Canadian pork is exported to more than 100 countries and it is consumed throughout the world more than any other source of animal protein. It is big business and managing disease in pork populations is one of the most costly and difficult challenges for pork producers. MORE




North American grain/oilseed review: Canola up slightly after choppy day

Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada trading platform ended slightly higher on Tuesday, after a day of choppy activity. MORE


GRAINS-Wheat, corn, soybeans resume falls on good U.S. crop outlook

U.S. wheat, corn and soybeans resumed their recent falls on Wednesday after rising on bargain-buying on Tuesday, with prices again around one-month lows as attention returned to the good U.S. harvest outlook. MORE


U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat, corn bounce after steep losses

Wheat, soybeans up on bargain-buying, corn’s gains limited by improving crop conditions MORE


CPB is still a huge problem

Insecticide resistance continues to be a major management challenge. MORE


General Interest


Talking up the job. Creating common ground between the farmer and consumer

What’s wrong with letting consumers know just how professional you have to be to grow their food in Canada today? MORE


Editor’s Desk: Are they right this time?

You’ll find no shortage of things to disagree with in our July/August issue of Country Guide. If you don’t, it means we haven’t worked hard enough. MORE


Syngenta says Monsanto’s $2 bln break-up fee comes with caveat

Syngenta says key aspects omitted by proposed break-up fee, Monsanto says all antitrust aspects covered by $2 bln fee MORE


Regular Updates


PEIDAF Agricultural Market Report – July 24 HERE

FCC Express – July 24 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, July 28 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, July 28 HERE

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

AM markets: grains fall anew amid end-of-month selling fearsHERE

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 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