Local, Regional, Canadian News


Freedom 55? Not for farmers

The age is up from 54.2 in 2011, according to Statistics Canada’s census of agriculture. MORE


Iogo maker to ramp up drinkable yogurt production

The yogurt-making joint venture of dairy co-ops Agropur and Agrifoods International plans to boost its drinkable yogurt output by adding another production line in Quebec’s Monteregie. MORE



Spud Smart founder Robynne Anderson will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017. MORE


Where Climate Change is Most Likely to Induce Food Violence

While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests that the strength of a country’s government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. MORE


Workers fired over alleged abuse caught on video at chicken farms in B.C.

A company responsible for catching chickens at farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley says it has fired five employees after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse. MORE


Summer Employment Opportunity with PEI COPC

Beginning July 04, 2017 and continuing for 8 weeks.

Summer Program Assistant

The summer program assistant will work directly with the PEI COPC Research Coordinator and under the

guidance of the organization’s board of directors. MORE


Selection Process for Farm Products Council of Canada

On February 25, 2016, the Prime Minister announced a new process for Governor in Council appointments. This new process supports an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process focused on identifying high-quality candidates who demonstrate Canada’s diversity.

This process will be used to select new members for the Farm Products Council of Canada. I am writing to you to seek your assistance in promoting this selection process.

The candidates we are looking for must have experience as a primary producer, in agribusiness, in the agri-food industry, or in food distribution or retail. Candidates should also have experience in decision making with respect to sensitive and complex issues, experience in maintaining effective relationships with multiple stakeholders and balancing their interests and divergent views, and an understanding of the Canadian supply management system for poultry and eggs.

I encourage you to inform your members of this opportunity and invite interested candidates to apply for a member position at the following website: HERE


Advance Payments Program through the PEI Federation of Agriculture

Eligible producers will are now able to apply for the 2017 Advance Payments Program through the PEI Federation of Agriculture.

Federation Members will continue to receive a preferred rate on Administrative Fees. This is available for farmers who have paid their dues in 2017 or those that were members as of December 31, 2016.

For more information on the program, please contact Andrew Wood or Tim Seeber at 902-368-7289.


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/




No, cows won’t get drunk from eating barley used in distilling

A trial crop of barley on Newfoundland’s west coast this year will go to a local distillery, then back to the farmer, who will be able to feed it to dairy cows. MORE


Feeder cattle market looks for direction

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were once again unchanged from week-ago levels. After the major rally in late April and May, the market has basically traded in a sideways range and is looking for direction. MORE


Call for Nomination of Bodine to Key EPA Enforcement Post

On Monday (12 June), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council sent a letter to US Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.) urging them to support the nomination of Susan Bodine to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). MORE


NCBA Hails Final Agreement That Clears Way for US Beef’s Return to China

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that a final agreement has been reached between China and the US wherein the latter can resume exports of beef and beef products to China for the first time after 2003. This serves as good news for American cattle producers. MORE


Russia Reports Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreak

Dr Evgeny Nepoklonov, Vice-minister at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease at Dergachevsky in Saratov Oblast. MORE


Seminars in Panama Demonstrate Advantages of US Beef

Sharing ideas on how to expand demand for US beef in Central America, USMEF recently conducted three cutting and cooking seminars for Panamanian buyers and foodservice company representatives. MORE


U.S. dairy lobby submits its demands for NAFTA

The U.S. dairy industry has submitted its demands for the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA, pushing for freer trade in dairy overall and more specifically for a reversal of new Canadian rules on milk-derived products. MORE


Hogs rebound as wholesale pork hits two-year high

Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures jumped as much as two per cent on Tuesday, rebounding from losses in the previous session on support from sharply higher wholesale pork prices, traders and analysts said. MORE


Repositioning Pork to Reach a Changing Audience

With the consumer market for pork and other protein sources changing rapidly, the Pork Checkoff is putting the finishing touches on a plan to capitalize on those changes by repositioning pork marketing, Terry O’Neel, president of the National Pork Board, told an audience at World Pork Expo last week (Thursday, 8 June). MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – June 8 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, June 13 HERE



The phrase that advises us never to compare apples to oranges should be taken very seriously in relation to soil tests according to Pat Toner, a soil management specialist with New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture (NBAFA). MORE



The National Potato Council (NPC) will hold their summer meeting June 28-30 at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colo. MORE



Yield- and soil-map based variable rate (VR) seeding and fertilizer management is gaining popularity in cereal, corn and oilseed crops. MORE


Lamb Weston Expands Washington Facilities

Lamb Weston broke ground this month on a $3.4 million storage center in Pasco, Wash. The 50,000-square-foot building is keyed to an expansion of the frozen potato company’s Richland, Wash., manufacturing center, where it is investing $200 million to build a second french fry line. MORE



Potato tubers’ physiological and biochemical ability to rest dormant through the cold, unfavourable growing conditions of winter is a unique and highly effective biological advantage. MORE



Capital upgrades are a fact of potato packing life. Be it because existing equipment is aging, a critical piece breaks down, business outgrows packing capacity, or one’s product or packaging changes, every packing business eventually needs to overhaul equipment and/or build new packing lines. MORE


Indiana Overweight Commodity Permit Clarification
Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. (PGMI) in cooperation with the Indiana Farm Bureau have received clarification from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana Department of Revenue (INDOR) that divisible load permits apply to all agricultural commodities. MORE


Lamb Weston is adding potato storage capacity in Pasco, Washington

Earlier this month, Lamb Weston started the construction of additional potato storage facilities in Pasco, Washington, representing an investment of USD 3.4 million. MORE


New Zealand get’s its own brand of low carb potatoes: ‘Lotatoes™’

In New Zealand, produce company T&G is launching a new brand of low carb potatoes with the memorable name ‘Lotatoes’. MORE


Canadian Potato Storage Report – HERE

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola falls under weight of C$

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts finished lower on Tuesday, dragged down by strength in the Canadian dollar. Buyers on the international market typically find canola less attractive when the Canadian dollar is stronger, relative to its US counterpart. MORE


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


Pea, lentil buyers digest lower values, weather

Buyers, sellers and processors in Canada’s pulse sector are holding steady as an act of safeguarding themselves during a precarious time in the growing season. MORE


‘Insurance’ spraying

Today, we all recognize “recreational tillage” as a phrase we use to criticize farmers who haven’t been paying attention to how we’ve learned that we can put an end to a lot of excessive tillage, thereby reducing soil erosion, fuel and equipment costs, and manpower requirements. MORE


Syngenta exits canola seed business

Canola growers checking out Syngenta Canada’s 2018 seed guide for Western Canada will notice canola by its absence. MORE


Global Food Import Bill on the Rise Despite Stable Markets

Global food commodity markets are well-balanced, buoyed by ample supplies of wheat and maize and rebounding production of oilseed products. MORE


MGEX wheat rallies as conditions worsen in Plains

U.S. spring wheat futures jumped 4.6 per cent to their highest in 2-1/2 years on Tuesday, pulling soft red winter wheat and hard red winter contracts higher on growing worries about crop health in the dry U.S. Plains, traders said. MORE


AM markets: spring wheat futures hit highest since 2014 HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


AU SA Commends Agri Sector for 22% Growth

The South African agricultural sector has not been a contributing factor to the recession the country currently has to contend with, and TAU SA congratulates the entire agricultural sector, and in particular all farmers, for the remarkable achievement of growing the agricultural sector by an astounding 22 per cent, whilst other sectors are experiencing unfavourable conditions. MORE


Annual Farm Aid benefit concert returning to Pennsylvania

The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – June 9 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – June 7 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Monday, June 12 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Let’s Celebrate Fries with the Works!

As Islanders, we know that Fries with the Works is a legendary local dish featuring PEI French Fries.  However, when you talk to Islanders about Fries With The Works, or when you see them listed on a local menu, there can be many variations in ingredients! As a result, the PEI Potato Board is launching a survey to ask Islanders “just what IS Fries With The Works” to you?

“There’s no tastier way to enjoy PEI Fries when on the Island than eating them with the “works,” but we want to know exactly what ‘the works’ is” says Rodney Dingwell, PEI potato farmer and chairman of the PEI Potato Board.

Have your say! Tell us what how you eat your Fries with the Works by going online and filling out a survey, with a chance to win a $100 grocery gift card.

“If a tourist came to PEI and asked what Fries With The Works is, Islanders have a clear answer as to what ‘works’ go on our world famous fries, as well as knowing if there’s a ‘classic’ version, says Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board.

Visit the website http://www.frieswiththeworks.ca. Survey closes June 20, 2017.


PEI COPC Organic Farm Tour
PEI COPC will be hosting a one day organic farm tour on Wednesday, July 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m..
Local media, social media guests, COPC staff, PEIDAF Minister and Deputy will be attending the tour of five COPC member farms, including: Dexter Cattle Company, Square One Organics, Red Soil Organics, Heartbeet Organics, and Schurman Family Farm.

Transportation and lunch are provided.

Seats are limited and tickets will be on sale beginning next week ($25 each or $20 for COPC members).

Contact Karen at email@organicpei.com  or 902-894-9999 for more information.


3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation

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


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