Friday – August 11, 2017


Local, Regional, Canadian News



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


Farmers Helping Farmers annual fundraising steak barbecue

Saturday Aug 12 from 4-6:30.

Tickets $30. Tickets available at Riverside Market, PEIFA office or from board members.

Call 902-393-0071


Recommended Management Practices for Agricultural Irrigation Ponds

Agriculture is the largest contributor of any resource sector to the economy of Prince Edward Island.  Rainfall patterns have changed in recent years and in some cases, some farmers are interested in irrigating crops to ensure yield and quality. MORE


Blight-resistant, genetically-modified potato drawing interest from P.E.I. farmers

Some Island farmers are excited about a new genetically-modified potato that’s designed to resist late blight, which could mean spraying less fungicide. MORE


The future of food: National food policy consultation in Charlottetown

The federal government held the first of six sessions on a the country’s first national food policy in Charlottetown Wednesday. MORE


‘We need that tool in our toolkit’: Chef Michael Smith voices support for GMO foods

Celebrity chef Michael Smith came out in support of genetically-modified food at a consultation about Canada’s Food Policy. MORE


P.E.I. “bee pasture” is a scientific taste-testing experiment

Roger Henry is out in the fields of the Harrington Research Centre north of Charlottetown on a day in late July. The wind is a bit rough, but he’s got a good degree of protection standing among the Yellow blossom sweet clover he’s growing. It’s just about at seven feet tall now. MORE


Antique Farm Show set for Kinkora Aug. 12

The fourth annual Antique Farm Show at R&L Farms in Kinkora is set for Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MORE


Minister MacAulay opens first regional session on A Food Policy for Canada in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the country’s health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while also identifying actions that can be taken in the short-term to improve Canada’s food system. MORE


Efforts to Reduce Pollution from Agriculture Slowly Paying Off

Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. MORE


Growing North

KAP heads to northern Manitoba to hear from producers MORE


Alberta Bound – The Crozier Family

In 1896, David Crozier ventured to what is now Sturgeon County, just north of Edmonton, where he purchased Cutbank Farm from William Cust. This land, which lies on the shores of Cutbank Lake, has remained in the Crozier family for 120 years. Today, David’s great grandson Lenard owns and operates Cheslen Dairies with his sons, Jason and Brett. MORE


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Job Opportunity



Closing date – Thursday, August 17th at 4:00pm

The purpose of this position is to serve as a coordinator for all potato related programs and activities within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.  The Potato Industry Coordinator will also, in cooperation with industry, develop innovative ideas or projects in the potato sector and take action to ensure they are successfully completed.  The incumbent will work closely with other departmental staff, producers, industry leaders, agri-processors and other departments or agencies to bring projects to fruition. MORE


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


Client Satisfaction Survey: Business Risk Management Programs

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with provincial partners, has launched an online survey seeking producers’ input on the level of satisfaction with our Business Risk Management (BRM) programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, and Advance Payments Program). The survey is intended to be completed by producers who have applied to these programs in recent years and focuses on their experience with them.

Results from this survey will help us understand client expectations and improve BRM program delivery services.

The anonymous survey will be available until July 31, 2017 and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

To complete the BRM Client Satisfaction Survey, please click here.

Thanks in advance for helping us better serve Canadian producers.




Canada’s meat inspection system safe, says cattlemen’s group in wake of critical U.S. audit

Claims by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it found “systemic” problems around food inspection in Canada should not alarm consumers, according to a spokesperson for Canadian beef producers. MORE


Supply jitters extend CME live cattle futures losses

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell for a fourth straight session on Thursday, dragged down by growing worries about hefty near-term supplies, traders said. MORE


Feedlot Placements in June Up 16% from Previous Year

Weekly data on feeder cattle trade volumes for July could be indicating an end to the surge in placements of cattle going into feedlots that has been so notable for the last five months, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


PED Infected Premises 61 Confirmed in Manitoba

The Office of Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed the first new case of PED in Manitoba in almost four weeks MORE


Global Meat Prices Plateau in July

In July the FAO food price index rose for the third consecutive month to 179.1 points, 2 per cent higher on the month and 10 per cent up on the year, according to Millie Askew, Senior Analyst at AHDB. MORE


Hog Markets Cautiously Optimistic Heading Toward Start of NAFTA Renegotiation

The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says the pork industry remains cautiously optimistic as Canada, the United States and Mexico prepare to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement MORE


China promotes livestock farming to digest corn stocks

China wants to turn its grain basket in the northeast into a national meat and dairy production base, said the agriculture ministry on Thursday, as part of a broader plan to create stronger demand for the region’s main crops. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – August 10 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Thursday, August 10 HERE





Late blight has been confirmed in Manitoba in the rural municipality of Norfolk Treherne, the south central potato growing region in the province. MORE



The Ontario Potato Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Alliston HJV Equipment location. MORE


What Makes Threatening Potato Diseases so Successful

All but a few of the plants and animals we’re familiar with have one thing in common: they require oxygen in the atmosphere (or the water) to exist. Potatoes, people, dogs, cats, fish, corn, wheat and nearly everything else, including most species of bacteria and fungi, need oxygen. MORE


Potato Corner CEO shares secrets to food cart success

Potato Corner CEO Joe Magsaysay built the french fries brand into a global franchise business with annual sales of P1 billion (almost 20 million USD). MORE


Eritrea gets disease resistant potato variety

Efforts to develop select potato seeds on the part of Halhale National Agricultural Research Institute (HNARI) are producing encouraging outcomes, according to Mr. Musie Fekadu, Head of Bio-Technology at the Institute. MORE


Potato research in Eritrea results in suitable disease resistant variety

Efforts to develop select potato seeds on the part of Halhale National Agricultural Research Institute (HNARI) are producing encouraging outcome, according to Mr. Musie Fekadu, Head of Bio-Technology at the Institute. MORE


Sharp hike in Mexican fresh potato prices

The Spanish-language potato news website Argenpapa reports that potato retailers are experiencing a sharp rise in the price of fresh potatoes in certain areas of Mexico, especially in Tamaulipas, a state in the northeast of Mexico, bordering the U.S. Some traders report a hike of as much as 100 percent. MORE


Mexican ban on American potatoes set to continue

Two of America’s most beloved produce items, the potato and the avocado, are complicating trade relations with Mexico. On August 4th, Mexican courts voted to continue to ban American potato imports into their country, aside from a small 16-mile zone directly at the border. The judge and others cited pest control concerns as a reason for the ruling. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola drops with bearish USDA report

The soybean market plunged 24 to 33 cents after the USDA raised its estimate for this year’s crop to 4.4 billion bushels. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Thursday: Canola prices lower, barley unchanged HERE


Craft brewery boom keeps N.B. farmers on the hop

The formula for beer remains relatively unchanged: barley, water, yeast, perhaps malt, and hops. It is the latter, the flower of a vine-like plant, that lends bitterness and flavour to beer. MORE


Smaller wild blueberry harvest predicted this year

At the 2017 Maritime Wild Blueberry Field Day, Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell promised the 325 growers from the three Maritime provinces attending the event at Doug Bragg Enterprises in Collingwood, N.S., that he will work with his New Brunswick and P.E.I. ministerial counterparts to improve the wild blueberry market. MORE


Malting barley crop makes history in Newfoundland

History was made on June 9 when 10 acres of Cerveza malting barley were planted on Larch Grove Farm in Cormack, N.L. MORE


Producers explore the ABCs of do-it-yourself soil health tests

The science behind soil health might be complex, but most of the tests showcased during the latest Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives workshop could be done with equipment bought from a dollar store. MORE


Aphid-borne virus found in Manitoba oat fields

Oat fields in central Manitoba are fighting off barley yellow dwarf virus. MORE


Hemp industry looks to overcome growing pains

Hemp is no longer a complete novelty — but it isn’t exactly mainstream either. MORE


Wheat Board has bad news for grain producers

With BSE still to appear in Canada in August 1998, it may not have been realized just how important our Aug. 13 front-page story would be. Former Canadian Cattlemen’s Association general manager told his annual meeting in Edmonton about the new project to develop a national cattle identification program. MORE


Pest Patrol: Why are we looking at the Harrington Seed Destructor?

The old saying “one year’s seeding makes seven years’ weeding” perfectly captures why most farmers despise uncontrolled weeds and the tens of thousands of seeds that are dispersed across their land. MORE


Turn up the heat on aeration fans when drying canola

Some growers grappling with a late harvest and high-moisture crops in 2016 added supplemental heaters to their aeration fans. This grower’s experience may inspire an upgrade to aeration setups for 2017 MORE


Corn, soybeans, wheat futures dive after USDA report

U.S. soybean and corn futures tumbled nearly 4 percent on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s yield and production forecasts for both crops came in above trade expectations. MORE


USDA sees bumper U.S. corn, soy harvests despite weather woes

The U.S. 2017 corn and soybean harvests will be bigger than expected despite a slow start to planting and concerns that hot and dry conditions stressed the corn crop during critical periods of development, the government said on Thursday. MORE


AM markets: ags revive from USDA shocker amid data doubts HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


No sitting down on the job for busy young N.S. farm-sitter

Farmers like to have fun too. Visit the grandkids out in Alberta, head down to Florida when the doldrums of winter are at their worst. Even a weekend in the city wouldn’t be bad. But a quick getaway isn’t so simple when you’ve got a barn full of livestock needing regular everything. MORE


Calgary kids get down and dirty at farm camp

It was child labour, but with a twist that makes it all OK. MORE


Five Indigenous Farming Practices Enhancing Food Security

On the 2017 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)MORE


You are here: 4-H pitches youth GIS training

It’s time for 4-H members to find their footing with geographic information systems (GIS) technology. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – August 4 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – August 9 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, August 10 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


Farmers Helping Farmers annual fundraising steak barbecue

Saturday Aug 12 from 4-6:30.

Tickets $30. Tickets available at Riverside Market, PEIFA office or from board members.

Call 902-393-0071


ACORN AGM & Speaker Series

Location: Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Centre

Mount Allison University

62 York Street/62 Rue York

Sackville, NB

August 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00PM/13h00-16h00

BBQ/Potluck to follow at/à suivre 4:30PM/16h30 MORE


5th Palmer Conference (2017)

August 29 to 31, 2017 at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI.

This year’s Conference focuses on Canadian-American Relations, and includes panels on Trade and Commerce, the Environment, and Defense and Security (including food security as well). MORE


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



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


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


Obsolete pesticide & animal health medication collections – November 6 – 17, 2017

Prince Edward Island from November 6 – 17, 2017.

Collection site locations and dates are available HERE.