Wednesday – August 9, 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


Dry spell: Island farmers desperate for more rain

While some Island farmers may have breathed a sigh of relief during last weekend’s rainy weather, the general manager of P.E.I.’s potato board said he hopes future forecasts call for more precipitation—and lots of it. MORE


‘Kept so quiet’: Details of amalgamation kept under wraps, say some residents

Some residents who live in the unincorporated Georgetown, P.E.I., fire district say they’re being shut out of ongoing amalgamation talks in the area. MORE


High school students are growing garden in Morell

High school students in Morell are growing a garden right in the school’s backyard. It’s called Good Food, Good Health, The Morell Garden Project. MORE


Cows brings home ribbons from international cheese competition

Three cheeses from P.E.I.’s Cows Creamery brought home ribbons from the American Cheese Society competition in Denver, Colo. last month. MORE


Farmer hopes bacon will solve crime: ‘That’s what we have to offer’

After two major thefts within two months at his free-range animal farm, Melvin Burns is hoping people’s taste for bacon can help solve the crimes. MORE


Rural living good for your gut

Living in rural households decreases a person’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), particularly for young children and adolescents, according to a new study by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and the Canadian Gastro-Intestinal Epidemiology Consortium (CanGIEC). 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.




Mid-year cattle market update

Major and rapid price changes seem to be the new normal in cattle markets. There have again been larger market swings than anticipated in 2017, but overall the market has been better than expected. MORE


Feeder market anticipates higher feed grain prices

Compared to last week, Western Canadian yearling prices were steady to $5 higher. MORE


Market uncertainty weighs on CME live cattle futures

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were weakened on Tuesday by uncertainty over how much packers will pay for cattle this week and whether the seasonal lull in wholesale beef demand has ended, traders said. MORE


New Farm Minister Not Interested in Rethink of US Beef Import Curbs

Ken Saito, newly appointed minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, says he is not considering rethinking the country’s safeguard emergency import restriction system for beef, which has been criticized by the United States. MORE


Strong Manufacturing Beef Market Demand Leaves Factories Looking for Cattle

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle supplies at the meat factories this week are tighter than anticipated and factories are finding it more difficult to cattle at the lower quoted prices. MORE


Seasonal Increase in Slaughter Numbers Expected to Pressure Live Hog Prices

The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says the normal gradual seasonal increase in hog supplies over the next three months can be expected to negatively impact live hog prices MORE


Gestating sows probably need more feed
Federal researcher Dr. Chantal Farmer has found that gestating sows probably need more feed to boost their milk production. MORE


June Results Confirm Strong First Half for US Pork Exports

US pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. MORE


Meat packer gets five-year tax break
Wichita, Kansas, is giving a five-year tax break for a huge bacon-producing plant expansion by the Dold Foods division of Hormel Foods. MORE


Recent Balance in Markets; Quotations Steady

Regarding prices for slaughter pigs, the European market is on an overall steady level this current week of slaughter. The majority of quotations appear to remain constant. MORE


Hygiene Check at Poultry Farms, Chicken Shops, Piggeries in Karnataka District

A committee led by district surveillance officer will survey poultry farms, chicken shops and piggeries in Dakshina Kannada, a coastal district in the state of Karnataka. MORE


Danish Pig Breeding Herd Still Edging Up

The number of sows in Denmark has increased again based on data from the 1 July pig survey. This follows the small year on year increase in the 1 April pig count, according to Leo Colby, AHDB Consultant. MORE


Chicken producers pleased with specialty quota ruling

The controversy over Manitoba Chicken Producers’ (MCP) new annual specialty quota program has been resolved with both sides satisfied they were treated fairly by a ruling from the Manitoba Farm Producers Marketing Council (MFPMC). MORE


Tyson posts better-than-expected profit, bets on chicken

Tyson Foods Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Monday, sending its shares up 5 percent, and said it would ramp up chicken production in the face of record demand from U.S. consumers. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – August 3 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, August 8 HERE




US National Potato Council warns against UK potato imports

Last week, the National Potato Council (NPC) provided comments to USDA APHIS on the recent pest risk assessment for the importation of potatoes from the United Kingdom to the U.S. MORE


Judge forbids the entry of American potatoes into Mexico

A judge ordered Mexican authorities to curb the entry of fresh potatoes from the United States because of the potential risk of 63 pests that could affect the country. MORE



Parkland Potato Varieties is hosting a field day at the Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks, Alta. on August 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MORE



Some Wisconsin potato growers are applauding new state laws that could help protect against crop disease. MORE


Potatoes in Practice event coming soon

Potato industry representatives, growers and influencers from all over the UK and beyond are expected in Dundee to take part in Potatoes in Practice (PiP) 2017, a technical potato field event featuring a high-standard mix of science, technology and practical advice which will be the largest of its type in the UK. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola Rises with Soy

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market chalked up gains on Tuesday, as strength in the Chicago Board of Trade soy complex pointed the way higher. MORE


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


KAP wants U.S. farmers held accountable for misrepresented grain

The Americans are pushing for their wheat to be graded the same as Canadian wheat when delivered to a Canadian elevator. MORE


Pot farmers needed

With a projected $22 billion in sales, Canada’s new cannabis market is generating a very heady kind of buzz in farm circles MORE


Latest ‘Crop’ Report to be First to Incorporate Extensive Survey For Farmers

Participants in the livestock sectors will be paying attention to this Thursday’s “Crop Production” report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE


Study suggests ways to reduce soybean harvest losses

Soybean growers can avoid major seed losses at harvest time by using air reels and driving combines no faster than four miles per hour, a new study says. MORE


Soybeans firm on U.S. weather worries; corn, wheat lower

U.S. soybean futures rose on Tuesday, buoyed by worries about dry weather in parts of the U.S. MORE


AM markets: grains edge higher, amid pre-Wasde calculations HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Direct Interaction with Consumers Key to Dispelling Agricultural Myths

According to Bruce Cochrane, the Executive Director of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan says, by interacting directly with consumers, those involved in agriculture have an opportunity set the record straight on what they do and why they do it. MORE


Dufferin’s tile drainage bylaw a ‘template’ for others

Rural municipalities are responsible for controlling drainage, and a few years ago the RM of Dufferin realized that needed to include tile drains. MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – August 4 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – August 2 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, August 8 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.