In partnership with PEI Agromart and Island Lime, the PEI Federation of Agriculture is pleased to offer a scholarship of $2,000 for the 2017/18 academic year.

Application deadline is June 1, 2017. Click here for the application form.

 

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

P.E.I. lowers age for truck-driving licence

New amendments to P.E.I.’s Highway Traffic Act would permit an 18-year-old in the last stages of their graduated driver’s licence to receive a Class 3 license to operate a heavy truck. MORE

 

Agriculture union donates hundreds of pounds of beef to P.E.I. food banks

Federal agriculture union members donated hundreds of pounds of beef to P.E.I. food banks after purchasing a 1,200-pound heifer at the Easter Beef sale in March. MORE

 

FARM SUCCESSION SKIPS A GENERATION

Knowing an opportunity when you see it is key to building a successful business, say two Prince Edward Island brothers. So are preparation and confidence in your skills. MORE

 

Macphail Woods hosting workshop on proper pruning of trees and shrubs

The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is holding a workshop on pruning trees and shrubs this Saturday at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell. MORE

 

Organic industry pushes back on regulatory changes

A spokesperson with Canadian Organic Growers (COG) says the organic industry is confident it’s made a strong case against having its rules shifted into a larger regulatory framework. MORE

 

Food fraud a challenge to whole food supply chain

Farmers are used to the conversation about how to manage trust with consumers. Food companies are learning it too, and finding food fraud to be a significant concern. MORE

 

Canadian dairy history book celebrates Canada 150

With Canada’s 150th birthday just around the corner, dairy farmers across the country are sharing their stories in a new book. MORE

 

Value shifts away from protein

Canadians continue to embrace fat in their dairy products, which creates a market imbalance MORE

 

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Job Opportunity

AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS OFFICER

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

Location: Charlottetown

FULL-TIME CLASSIFIED POSITION – (COMMENCING IMMEDIATELY)

Closing date – May 23, 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is committed to the sustainable development of the agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island. The purpose of this position is to provide a broad range of highly specialized technical services to the staff of the Sustainable Agriculture Section to support the delivery of professional agri-environmental and engineering services that ensure that our natural resources are used in a sustainable manner. This position will also provide key technical support to research that will lead to improved beneficial management practices and assist in the delivery of agri-environmental policy and programs. MORE

 

Farm Credit Canada – Job Opportunity

Passion for agriculture required

Manage relationships with local producers and be responsible for a developing loan portfolio. You’ll tailor financing packages to meet your customers’ needs, including both lending and non-lending products, and help them build success.

Job Title: Relationship Manager

Location: Charlottetown, PE

Closing date: May 19, 2017

Language required: English

Term: Permanent

MORE

 

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

 

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/

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO:

Develop a process and identify suitable metrics to ultimately deliver a data set which definitively describes the economic, environmental and social effects of a robust organic agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island; link to detailed project description.

Please direct any inquiries to: Karen Murchison, PEI COPC Research Coordinator

email@organicpei.com or 902-894-9999

 

Livestock

 

Ergot continues to cause concerns

Feed manufacturers must sell a safe product, but are under no obligation to test for ergot alkaloids MORE

 

Cattle fall on profit-taking reversal

U.S. live cattle and feeder cattle futures declined two per cent or more on Tuesday, reversing from earlier gains as traders took profits on concern that surging prices could hurt beef demand, traders and analysts said. MORE

 

Beef Demand from Domestic, Export Interests on the Upswing

Beef demand from both domestic and export interests has been on the upswing since late last year and cattle feeders have not been shy about exploiting the situation, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Govt to Relax Import of ‘Prime Beef Cuts’ for Tourism

With hotel rooms expected to double over the next few years, the Government is looking at reducing the duties on imported prime beef cuts to satisfy the demand from tourists. MORE

 

Oriental Adventure for Quality British Meat, Says AHDB

Quality meat from Britain will be highlighted in Hong Kong and China this month at the food and hospitality trade shows Hofex and SIAL. MORE

 

Sonny’s big adventure

Those Wisconsin dairy cows at the centre of another trade kettle now boiling between the United States and Canada, a friend suggests, aren’t really black and white Holsteins. MORE

 

Supply Management – A Canadian’s Perspective

In light of the recent decision by Grassland Dairy Products to drop 75 of their producers and President Trump’s recent remarks regarding dairy trade between Canada and the United States, many interesting discussions have taken place between farmers in our two countries. MORE

 

Adoption of Technology Key to Maintaining Competitive Positioning

The CEO of the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement says the adoption of new technology will be key for Canada’s pork industry to remain competitive while meeting new challenges facing the industry MORE

 

Report on International Market Access Pleases Pork Council

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry released its report on international market access for the agriculture and agri-food sector yesterday. MORE

 

More PED cases turn up in southeastern Manitoba

A hog finisher operation and a sow operation in Manitoba’s southeastern “hog alley” have been confirmed with cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), both within close range of the province’s first case in over seven months. MORE

 

Proposed changes fuel return of advocacy group

Proposed changes to manure management in the province have revived the dormant activist group. MORE

 

Pork’s Six-Year Growth Fastest in Foodservice

Pork has been the fastest-growing protein in foodservice since 2011, according to Technomic, Inc.’s 2017 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice. MORE

 

Danish Pig Breeding Herd Moving Up

The number of sows in Denmark is increasing again, according to data from the 1 April pig survey, writes Leo Colby, AHDB Consultant. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – May 4 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, May 9 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

STRAIN TRACKING

Information on shifting late blight strains is helping to control this devastating disease. MORE

 

Spuds may be NAFTA target

The U.S. National Potato Council is calling for action in any upcoming NAFTA renegotiations. MORE

 

Potandon Produce now shipping fresh potatoes from Arizona

Potandon Produce L.L.C., the exclusive marketing agent for Pinto Creek Co., LLC in Eloy, Arizona, announced that its fresh potato season has begun in Arizona. MORE

 

New potatoes: defying the weather with fleece and irrigation

Soon the new potato season will begin in Lower Saxony. On the Holste farm in Martfelt (Diepholz district) the harvest of delicious potatoes has already begun. MORE

 

From test tube to plate, UW–Madison program keeps potatoes clean

Years before that french fry landed on your plate, the plant that would eventually give rise to the spud your fry was cut from was sealed away deep in a secure-access building, growing slowly in a test tube inside a locked growth chamber. MORE

 

FDA to Fund GMO Campaign

The federal budget deal that was passed last week included $3 million in funding for a new FDA campaign to provide “consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology,” including information about GMOs. MORE

 

Is there a future for potato farming in the traditional potato patch of Victoria?

For almost 50 years, Bernie White has grown potatoes in the rich, red, volcanic soil of Trentham, Victoria, Australia MORE

 

Valencian potatoes and onions threatened by imports

Valencian growers devoted to the cultivation of onions in regions like L’Horta or Camp de Túria are currently suffering a price crisis that is turning the present campaign into a true ruin for their economies. MORE

 

“In ’76 we were paying the farmer twice as much”

The potato market is still expensive. “The Belgapom price rose to 250 Euro this week, but there isn’t a lot of trade. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola follows soybeans higher

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were stronger on Tuesday, as gains in soybeans at the Chicago Board of Trade provided spillover support. MORE

 

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

 

India keeps Canadian lentil market at standstill

Lentil prices are largely stagnant, one market participant says, as key buyer India sits on the sidelines. MORE

 

How’s the crop?

It’s become a predictable pattern. Statistics Canada releases a crop estimate. Reporters call traders and analysts for reaction, who inevitably say it’s either too high or too low. MORE

 

The next big disruption in agriculture

In the business world, there’s a term to describe an event that completely changes an existing industry or market. It’s called a disruptor, and it changes how we think, work, and do business. MORE

 

Soy up ahead of USDA data

U.S. soybean futures climbed nearly one per cent on Tuesday, halting a three-session slide, as traders adjusted positions a day ahead of a U.S. government crop report and as excessively wet weather in the Midwest raised concerns, analysts said. MORE

 

Barley genome fully mapped

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a German research centre, have published the closest look yet at the barley genome. MORE

 

AM markets: grain markets freeze, as Wasde juggernaut looms HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

NEW LASER SCANNER TO ZAP TOXIC FRENCH FRIES

Amid growing concern about the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in potato chips and french fries, a young scientist at the University of Brussels has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory to detect toxic compounds and prevent them from reaching the consumer. MORE

 

Bayer to Sell Liberty Brands

In order to win antitrust approval for its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer said yesterday it has agreed to sell its Liberty-branded agro-chemicals and Liberty Link trait technology. MORE

 

FAO Food Price Index Dips Again in April

Global food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples. MORE

 

Federal Budget ‘Keeps the Faith’ on Agriculture Commitments

The Federal Budget has “kept the faith” and delivered on the Coalition’s election commitments to advance agriculture, but Queensland farmers are eager for more details about what is planned for water infrastructure in the Great Artesian Basin and a new Regional Growth Fund. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Rayglen Market Comments – May 3 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – May 5 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, May 9 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

Trade Team PEI Business Mission to South Korea

When:   May 15, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Where:   Seoul, South Korea

Innovation PEI, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are seeking interest from PEI-based enterprises and organizations to participate in a multi-sector Business Mission to South Korea during the week of May 15-19, 2017. MORE

This mission will serve to enhance existing export relationships, provide opportunities for market expansion while at the same time providing an exceptional opportunity to introduce companies to this strong market. Korea is the 13th largest economy in the world and is one of the largest importing countries on the planet. P.E.I.’s exports to Korea in 2016 were almost $15 million and Canadian products/suppliers are much sought after for our high quality and reputation to deliver. This mission will be of particular interest to companies in the professional services, ICT, clean tech, education, manufacturing and food sectors. The customization of each delegate’s business development program to advance their mission-week and market objectives will be a core feature of this initiative.

During this week the Seoul Food and Hotel Show will be taking place offering mission participants a chance to see first-hand the breadth of product offering and to gather key market intelligence. While there is a Canada pavilion at this event, P.E.I. will not have a booth at the show for this year. Participants will be able to walk the show. However we will also be exploring this opportunity for future years. For details on the Seoul Hotel and Food Show visit http://www.seoulfoodnhotel.co.kr/

For more information on this mission and to express your interest in participating, please contact either of these mission leads by email or by phone:

Scott Ferris – Innovation PEI scferris@gov.pe.ca or (902) 368-5952 or Jeff Burry – ACOA Jeff.Burry@canada.ca or (902) 314-2197