Thursday – August 17, 2017


Local, Regional, Canadian News


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


Off the vine: Green peppers stolen from Farm Centre Legacy Garden

The Farm Centre had the majority of its green pepper stolen from its Legacy Garden Monday night, according to general manager of the association Phil Ferraro. MORE


‘It’s my yoga, it relaxes me’: Rooftop veggie garden provides salads and serenity

When Mamdouh Elgharib sold his house in a leafy neighbourhood of Charlottetown in 2014, he didn’t want to be a gardener without a garden. MORE


Canadian food inspectors using DNA technology to test health of fruit plants

Canada’s agriculture minister says using DNA-based technology to test the health of fruit plants will grow Canada’s agricultural export sector. MORE


Agricultural leaders demand delicate touch to any potential NAFTA changes

Major agricultural federations are urging NAFTA’s negotiators to skip the continent’s farms and ranches if they’re looking for sectors in need of a makeover. MORE


NAFTA and Agricultural Policy

The presidents of the largest farm and ranch associations in the U.S. MORE


New investments in research to help Manitoba dairy sector

Advances in science and innovation are integral to increasing the overall competitiveness of the agriculture sector and create better opportunities for farmers, businesses, and Canadians.  MORE


Parliamentary Secretary Poissant continues regional sessions on A Food Policy for Canada in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

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


Governments assessing impact of wildfires on British Columbia’s agriculture sector

The governments of Canada and British Columbia (B.C.) are working under the AgriRecovery disaster framework to determine the type of assistance that may be required by British Columbia’s agriculture sector to recover from the impact of wildfires. The announcement was made today following the first meeting between Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. MORE


Maritime Feedlot School September 15 & 16

The Feedlot School will be held at the Nappan Research Facility in Nappan, NS.

The event takes place on September 15 and 16th, 2017

Registration cost is $100.00 per person plus HST for a total of $115.00 this covers lunch and materials. Please register by Monday, September 11, 2017.


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.




CME live cattle give back Tuesday’s gains

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday reversed some of Tuesday’s advances, led by fund liquidation and expectations for softer prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle this week, traders said. MORE


Can Beef Packers Pay More for Cattle, Still Stay in the Black?

In their latest “Daily Livestock Report” Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. poses the question, “Can beef packers pay a bit more for cattle and still stay in the black?” MORE


IFA President Says Beef Price Cuts Must Stop

IFA President Joe Healy said beef price cuts at the meat factories must stop as they are squeezing out any chance of profit for farmers grazing cattle this year. MORE


Dairy Farmers of Canada in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) are in Washington with their supply managed partners for the beginning of the re-negotiations of the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The dairy sector is not a part of the current edition of the free-trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, and DFC President, Pierre Lampron, hopes the status-quo will remain. MORE


Ag Ministers’ Continued Support Key to Pork Industry Success

The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says the commitment of Canada’s Agriculture Ministers to programmes that support trade will play a key role in the continued success of Canada’s pork industry MORE


Fire claims 4,000 pigs
Fire claimed about 4,000 pigs in a barn in Warwick Township near Watford in Lambton County this week.
The loss will be more than $1 million from the blaze that totally destroyed the barn. MORE


Keep Pork Trade Flowing in Updated NAFTA, Says NPPC

With negotiations set to begin tomorrow, the National Pork Producers Council has repeated its request that a “modernised” North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) maintain the zero-tariff rate on pork traded in North America. MORE


Pig-to-person Spread of Flu at Fairs Cause for Continued Concern

The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate make good sense for both the animals and humans, say the authors of a new study. MORE


UK Pork Exports Drop Below 2016 Levels in June

Following year-on-year growth during the previous month, UK pork exports faltered during June, Bethan Wilkins, AHDB Pork analyst. MORE


Troops to help cull fowl in Philippines’ bird flu battle

The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation’s first outbreak of bird flu. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – August 10 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Wednesday, August 16 HERE




Alberta, Canada safe from bacterium this year

Alberta’s potato industry is worth more than $1 billion but is threatened by a tiny bacterium. This year, however, a Lethbridge scientist reports, it hasn’t shown up. MORE


Potato-bound Polyphenols: A Novel Method for Gut Health?

The ability of polyphenols to bind with different types of potato cells may provide a new means of delivering these healthy organic chemicals to the gut, say researchers.  MORE


Potato Industry Leadership Institute applications being accepted
In February of 2018 a group of potato industry professionals will make their way to Colorado, to kick off another class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI). The National Potato Council developed this long-running program, to train growers, and show the complete picture of agriculture. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has funding to send two growers to join the group. MORE


Indian FMCG conglomerate ITC Limited plans launch of (frozen) potato products

As Indian FMCG powerhouse ITC rolls out frozen prawns in select cities in the country, the company has lined up a few more product offerings — potatoes, tomatoes and onions — in the packaged foods category across the frozen, chilled, cool and ambient shelf-life segments. MORE


Handover of International Potato Center – China Center for Asia Pacific (CCAP) to China

The new International Potato Center-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) facilities were formalized in a handover ceremony in Yanqing, Beijing on July 11th, 2017. MORE


James Hutton Institute Announces GBP3m Collaboration with China

The Chinese Government and leading potato processing company Xisen Potato Group are investing GBP3m in the collaboration with James Hutton Limited (JHL) to breed new varieties and research resistance to pests and diseases, tuber storage and potato processing. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola falls with soy, technicals

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market ended lower on Monday, tracking losses in the US soy complex. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Wednesday: Canola prices lower, barley higher HERE


Turning friends into targets

Be glad you aren’t the CEO of a major machinery manufacturer in the new era of Donald Trump MORE


Wheat, corn futures ease, soy firms

Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures sank to contract lows on Wednesday as ample global supplies provided overseas buyers with cheaper alternatives to U.S. offerings in export deals, traders said. MORE


Corn, soy struggle under heavy supplies

Corn and soybean traders continue to assess the fallout from last week’s world supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 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


McCain Embraces Analytics

Roman Coba, the chief information officer of McCain Foods, discusses how MicroStrategy, an enterprise analytics and mobility company, has enabled McCain to completely transform its business—from developing a single enterprise reporting environment, to improving safety on the production line, to helping sales and marketing better understand McCain’s customers and prospects. MORE


U.S. takes tough lines as NAFTA negotiations begin

The United States drew a hard line for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at slashing U.S. trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and boosting U.S. content for autos. MORE


JBS still seeks U.S. unit IPO

JBS SA will proceed with plans to list a U.S.-based unit when market conditions allow, as the world’s No. 1 meatpacker wrestles with a shareholder revolt over the role of the controlling Batista family in a massive graft scandal. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – August 11 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – August 16 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, August 16 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


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.