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


Soggy fields delay potato planting across P.E.I.

Potato growers are hoping for some warmer temperatures and sunny skies in the coming days after two weeks of rain have brought planting to a halt across most of Prince Edward Island. MORE


New minister looks to stem tide of Islanders moving west

P.E.I.’s Minister of Rural and Regional Development Pat Murphy says his department will “focus on connecting communities and businesses together, and promoting rural Prince Edward Island to show that it is a great place to raise a family.” MORE


More local food in schools part of PEI Food Security Network discussion

A co-chair with the PEI Food Security Network says one in five Island children are affected by household food insecurity. MORE


Minister MacAulay Announces Renewal of the Crop Logistics Working Group

Earlier today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, introduced legislation which includes measures to advance a long-term agenda for a more transparent, fair and efficient freight rail system. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the Western Canadian grain industry including reciprocal penalties, a definition of “adequate and suitable” rail service, maintaining and modernizing the Maximum Revenue Entitlement and a new Long-Haul Interswitching provision. MORE


Ontario to add local weight to land use appeal process

Ontario’s Municipal Board (OMB), which handles appeals of land use planning decisions across the province, is set to be replaced with a new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. MORE


Temporary foreign worker program prone to abuse, Auditor General says

Canada’s temporary foreign workers program is rife with oversight problems that appear to have allowed lower-paid international workers to take jobs that out-of-work Canadians could fill, the federal auditor general says. MORE


Thunder Bay community garden concerns ‘overblown’, Ontario urban agriculture expert says

Much of the protest surrounding the newest community garden in Thunder Bay, Ont., is groundless, according to Joe Nasr, an urban agriculture expert. MORE


B.C. boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

A spot of sunshine at the end of a rainy week means a busy Friday afternoon for Elana Evans and Maddy Clerk who own and operate City Beet Farm in Vancouver. MORE


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Job Opportunity



Location: Charlottetown


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



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



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 or 902-894-9999




Nerbas Bros. Angus recognized for environmental efforts

The Nerbas family of Shellmouth, Man., isn’t interested in a whole lot of inputs for their forage-only Angus herd. MORE


JBS delays but does not give up on U.S. IPO plan

JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, has delayed but not ditched its plan to list a U.S. subsidiary this year despite a series of investigations targeting the company’s owners, CEO Wesley Batista said Tuesday. MORE


What Actual Beef Cuts Contribute to Surge in Cutout Values?

In Monday’s Daily Livestock Report we highlighted graphically the run up during the last two weeks in the cash (negotiated) boxed beef cutout value, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


AgForce Welcomes Decision on NT Cattle Movements

Queensland primary producers will be able to more easily move cattle through the Northern Territory after the NT Government agreed to revise biosecurity requirements for the management of Bovine Johne’s Disease, AgForce said today. MORE


Economic Ripple Effect of Livestock Operations in Indiana

If you’ve driven through the US state of Indiana, you’ll have seen lots of corn and soybean fields. It’s no surprise that it ranks in the top 10 US agricultural states, but what is surprising is that Indiana livestock operations are seeing significant growth and are outpacing the US as a whole. MORE


Joint Canada-US Initiative Aims to Improve Transport Biosecurity, Biocontainment

The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Centre says a joint Canada-US imitative aimed at addressing biosecurity and biocontainment issues at points of high concentrations of pigs will help reduce the risk of the transmission of disease in both countries MORE


Hogs hit three-month high

Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures on Tuesday reached their highest level since mid-February, fueled by strong cash and wholesale pork prices, traders said. MORE


EU Pig Prices: Price Increase Likely to Take Place

This week, the European slaughter pig market appears to be overall balanced. MORE


Disappointment for Roasts; Sausage Sales Sizzle

During the 12 weeks ended 24 April, primary pork volume sales were down just over 1 per cent compared to the previous year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, writes Bethan Wilkins, AHDB Analyst. MORE


Holy edicts may have created modern chicken

Chickens were domesticated from Asian jungle fowl around 6,000 years ago, but these early birds didn’t look much like the chickens of today. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – May 11 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, May 16 HERE




HZPC Holding share value increases by 10% in 2017

The value of the certificate of share of HZPC Holding, a potato breeding and seed potato trade company, is determined on € 165.65 at the bi-annual stock trading day. MORE


Great Britain potato stocks at similar level as last year.

Great Britain grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March 2017 were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American grain/oilseed review: Canola closes higher following quiet day

ICE Futures Canada canola closed stronger on Tuesday. MORE


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


Made in Manitoba vodka spirits – and grains – with a Capital K

Jason Kang of Capital K Distillery in Winnipeg makes locally-sourced grain a selling point. MORE


AM markets: bulls dine on dollar weakness. Even wheat gains HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Saskatchewan to tap farm leaders for drainage board

Representatives from four Saskatchewan farmer organizations will sit on a new provincial advisory board on farm drainage policy. MORE


Build a learning farm

Farmers always have their hands full, so it’s not always easy to think that signing up for a seminar, conference or training course is a wise investment or a good use of time. MORE


Massive organic fraud alleged
The United States organic industry is calling for action to end what it calls massive fraud involving imports of “organic” corn and soybeans from Eastern Europe and China. MORE


Brazil police probe ag ministry for corruption

Brazilian federal police started two separate investigations on Tuesday into suspected corruption at the Agriculture Ministry to benefit meatpacking, dairy and other food companies. MORE


Chinese Companies Eyeing Serbian Market

Riding a wave of the Belt and Road Initiative and fast-developing China-Serbia partnership, dozens of Chinese companies are eyeing the Serbian market. MORE


Regular Updates


Rayglen Market Comments – May 10 HERE

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – May 12 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, May 16 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


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


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

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 or (902) 368-5952 or Jeff Burry – ACOA or (902) 314-2197


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