Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

March Member Profile – Martin and Katie Verhulst HERE

 

Agricultural literacy week grows into a month in P.E.I. classrooms

Prince Edward Island students are being encouraged to find out more about farming through a Canada-wide program called Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. MORE

 

ALUS Canada: Supporting Ecosystem Services in Farming

The non-profit organization ALUS Canada is supporting farmers and ranchers in developing projects that contribute to healthy ecosystems through clean air, clean water, and increased biodiversity. MORE

 

Quebec names new deputy ag minister

A former deputy minister for Quebec’s ministry of agriculture, food and fisheries has returned to the post after a few years in the consulting business. MORE

 

2017 Maritime Beef Council Annual Conference

Date: March 17-18, 2017

Location: Best Western Glengarry Motel, Truro, Nova Scotia

MORE

 

Women in Agriculture Recognition Award

The provincial board of PEI Women’s Institute is now accepting nominations for the Women in Agriculture Recognition Award. This award, in the form of a plaque and framed photo posted at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is presented bi-annually to recognize an Island woman making a major contribution to the PEI agriculture industry within the last five years. Members of the community or fellow farmers are encouraged to contact their local branches to nominate women in the agriculture industry for this award. March 31 marks the deadline for this and other scholarships and awards. A complete list of PEIWI awards and scholarships are available at www.peiwi.ca or by contacting the WI Office at 902-368-4860 or wi@gov.pe.ca. MORE

 

Federation of Agriculture ‘Path of Profit’ Learning & Development Series

The Federation of Agriculture is excited to announce an exclusive offer to our members.

The ‘Path of Profit’ Series is a Learning Program of various Professional Development courses available to employees of any of our members. The courses are designed to improve overall business competitiveness and profitability while also upgrading staff skills. The courses are classroom based for 1-3 days depending on the course and will be delivered at our boardroom

In March /April. Dates will be confirmed ASAP.

  • Succession Planning
  • Tax & Financial Planning
  • Professional Leadership for Managers / Supervisors / Lead Hands
  • Computer Skills Upgrade – Office / Word / Excel
  • Stress Management / Time Management

Seats will be on a first come first serve basis.

For further information and to sign up, please contact the office at 902-368-7289 or email Jennifer Murphy at jmurphy@peifa.ca or Robert Godfrey at rgodfrey@peifa.ca.

 

The Vernor River Watershed Group and PEIFA to host upcoming Watershed farmers meeting

Date/Time: Monday March 6 at 7 pm

Location: St.Joachim,s parish hall, Vernon River
Speaker – John Phillips will discuss land stabilization , organic matter etc, with a round table discussion!

Speaker two to be announced all welcome!

 

Institute of Canada (AIC) is hosting a national conference titled “Agriculture Innovation in a changing environment”

Addressing the topic of climate change and agriculture.

April 24-26, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB MORE

 

Livestock

 

Falling farm gate prices highlight ‘long overdue’ topic

Statistics Canada’s latest Farm Product Price Index marks a year of annual declines, predominantly led by the cattle sector. MORE

 

Healthy margins drive feeder complex

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded steady to $5 higher compared to week-ago levels. MORE

 

Canadian Beef Exporters Seek Bigger Slab of Vietnamese Market

More and more Canadian beef exporters are seeking a bigger share of the market in Viet Nam, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay told attendants of an event held in Ha Noi on Monday to introduce his country’s beef products. MORE

 

Spend a little now and make money later

The adage goes, ‘It takes money to make money.’ It is no different in the beef industry. MORE

 

Funds, beef demand fuel CME live cattle rally

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished sharply higher on Tuesday, driven by fund buying and brisk wholesale beef demand, said traders. MORE

 

Kyrgyzstan Plans to Beef Up Meat Exports to Iran

Kyrgyzstan plans to export over 350 tons of meat to Iran in 2017. MORE

 

The Importance of Nitrogen for Growth in Pigs

After energy, protein is the second most expensive nutrient in swine rations but utilization tends to be low. MORE

 

Trump Address to Congress Viewed as Possible Pivot Point for Hog Markets

The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says tomorrow’s address by US President Donald Trump to a joint session of Congress is being viewed as a possible pivot point for North American hog markets, writes Bruce Cochrane. MORE

 

Prospects of New Trade and Tax Policy Pressures Hog Markets

The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services blames uncertainty over trade for this week’s dramatic drop in lean hog futures. MORE

 

Primary Pork Purchases Still in Decline, But Proccessed Products Popular

Volumes of primary pork sold by UK retailers in the 12 weeks ending 29 January continued to be below year earlier levels, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. In contrast, added value products, such as sausages, showed sales growth year-on-year. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – February 23 Regular and Feeder Sale – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

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

 

Potatoes

 

University of Idaho to expand nuclear potato seed program
The University of Idaho has hired a new director for its nuclear seed potato program and plans to build additional facilities to help her expand production. MORE

 

A Higher Standard – Cleaning storages for incoming seed

Chlorpropham (CIPC) is the most commonly used sprout inhibitor for stored potatoes and is associated with most commercial storages. However, seed potato exposure to CIPC can be detrimental to plant emergence and productivity. Contact with CIPC may occur from temporary storage of seed in CIPC-treated facilities. MORE

 

Peak Performance

The misunderstood potato and its role in athletics MORE

 

Pavelski and Hamerski enter Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Hall of Fame honors lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grains/Oilseed Review: Canola Strengthens, But Comes off Highs

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market chalked up gains on Tuesday, but the advances were much smaller than they could have been as traders took profits before the close. MORE

 

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

 

Canola growers recognize health researcher

A Winnipeg-based nutrition researcher is the latest recipient of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association Canola Award of Excellence. MORE

 

Bioproduct innovators adding unique value to agriculture seed stocks

Flax is one crop that’s been receiving plenty of attention from this Ontario-based effort MORE

 

Corn, soyoil climb on biofuels news

U.S. corn futures rose on Tuesday and soyoil futures climbed about four per cent on prospects for changes to the U.S. renewable fuels policy that could boost demand for corn-based ethanol and soy biodiesel, traders said. MORE

 

AM markets: soy rises, as traders read between Trump’s lines HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Five uses for provincial machinery rate guides

The new provincial Machinery Guides for 2016-17 have been published on each Prairie province’s website. These guides show rental or custom rates for commonly used machinery. MORE

 

White House denies Trump order on biofuels program

The White House on Tuesday denied that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to issue an executive order to change the national biofuels program, after the U.S. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said Trump’s team had informed the group an order was pending. MORE

 

Fungicide Buyers’ Guide

Black dot. Late blight. Fusarium wilt. Ugly names attached to truly ugly diseases with the potential to completely wreck an entire potato crop. MORE

 

Mexico will only stay in NAFTA if it suits it, minister says

A defiant Mexico said on Tuesday it would only stay in NAFTA if it suited it and rejected the imposition of any tariffs or quotas when renegotiating the trade deal U.S President Donald Trump wants to recast to benefit the United States. MORE

 

Farmers and herders clash in Nigeria

The often-overlooked religious and ethnic conflict has already killed 200 MORE

 

Nebraska Farm Numbers Fall

Nebraska’s number of farms and ranches declined in 2016, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, but those farms continue to grow. MORE

 

Cutting Edge

Syngenta helps growers share their sustainability stories MORE

 

Senninger Interactive Pivot Products Catalog

Senninger Irrigation has launched a new interactive pivot products catalog for PCs and mobile devices. This newest version has information on product features, benefits and installations, with application photos and videos. MORE

 

More new tractors from McCormick

For several years now, ag machinery has been all about technology. But the more advanced our tractor design becomes, the more push-back we see from a segment of the market demanding machines without all the newest features and technology. MORE

 

China wants more

This time, it’s China’s demand for safe, high-quality foods that is exploding MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – February 24 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – February 22 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, February 28 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

Cereals & Oilseeds 2017 / PEI Soil & Crop Conference

The PEI Department of Agriculture & Fisheries and PEI Soil & Crop will one again be hosting their annual conference on March 1st and 2nd at the Rodd Royalty, Charlottetown. MORE

 

The Vernor River Watershed Group and PEIFA to host upcoming Watershed farmers meeting

Date/Time: Monday March 6 at 7 pm

Location: St.Joachim,s parish hall, Vernon River
Speaker – John Phillips will discuss land stabilization , organic matter etc, with a round table discussion!

Speaker two to be announced all welcome!

 

See Canada’s top speakers

FCC Forum is your chance to re-energize, get inspired and network with business owners and operators like you. Bring family, friends, business partners – it’s free for anyone in agriculture. Over 7,000 people attended last year, so get your seat early and register today!

Saturday, March 11 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Moncton , New Brunswick (lunch included) MORE

 

2017 Maritime Beef Council Annual Conference

Date: March 17-18, 2017

Location: Best Western Glengarry Motel, Truro, Nova Scotia

MORE

 

The Prince Edward Island Institute of Agrologists offer two awards annually to individuals whose achievements and service to Agriculture in Prince Edward Island have been outstanding.

To nominate an individual for the Recognition Award or Outstanding Agrologist Award please click HERE

Nominations to be submitted to lmurphy@pei.sympatico.ca by March 20, 2017

 

Women in Agriculture Recognition Award

The provincial board of PEI Women’s Institute is now accepting nominations for the Women in Agriculture Recognition Award. This award, in the form of a plaque and framed photo posted at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is presented bi-annually to recognize an Island woman making a major contribution to the PEI agriculture industry within the last five years. Members of the community or fellow farmers are encouraged to contact their local branches to nominate women in the agriculture industry for this award. March 31 marks the deadline for this and other scholarships and awards. A complete list of PEIWI awards and scholarships are available at www.peiwi.ca or by contacting the WI Office at 902-368-4860 or wi@gov.pe.ca. MORE

 

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:
March 14, 2017          Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

Day B:
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

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.