E-Letter - June 21, 2019

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TABLE OF CONTENTS (click on the topic below to view the information)


Agriculture Can Reverse Climate Change And Livestock Farming Has An Important Role
It's not often you hear people refer to "livestock farming" and "climate change" in a positive context. And even less so among tech entrepreneurs, as increasing numbers look to create meat-free, alternative food products with the hope of reducing the impact of the meat industry on the environment.

Researcher looks at turkey management and bird health
Changed management practices should aid in turkey welfare

Government of Canada announces first-ever national food policy
Following consultation with the food and agriculture industries along with individual Canadians, the federal government has announced the first- ever national food policy for Canada. The policy seeks to address reliable access to healthy food, especially for children, and to reduce food waste, according to a press release.

Community Food Security sub-program open for intake until June 21, 2019
The Community Food Security sub-program is open for the sprint intake. The Program offers funding to create community, government and industry partnerships that support PEI residents in obtaining safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diets through a local, sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance. There is a fall intake deadline for September 30, 2019.

Deadlines extended for AgriStability - July 2, 2019
Applies to 2019 program year only.

Follow us on Twitter @AgInfoPEI
The PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries's Agriculture Information Twitter feeds will be your source for agriculture events and workshops on PEI. Tweet us today!

PEI Market Reports

AgWeather Atlantic Website

Food Matters blog Ian Petrie writes about agriculture on PEI.

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Commodity events are listed under their respective commodities.

Calendar of Events

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Interested in working in agriculture? Are you looking to hire new employees?
To post your employment opportunity or for an up to date list of agricultural jobs in PEI, visit PEI Agriculture Sector Council job registry. Check back regularly as new positions are being posted frequently this time of year.


You can make an appointment to write the two hour exam by calling Thane Clarke at the Department of Communities, Land and Environment at (902) 368- 5599

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Canadian farm equity growth slows to 3.6 per cent in 2018
Equity in Canada’s farm sector increased by 3.6 per cent in 2018, hitting C$522.2 billion, according to a report from Statistics Canada. The growth was well below the 6.4 per cent increase reported the previous year, and continued a trend of slower growth since 2013.

Impact of Emerging Technology on Farm Management
Cost economies and the reconfiguration of the value chain are accelerating farm consolidation and structural change in production agriculture. In addition, many economists have described scenarios in which key innovations and technologies could revolutionize business organization and productivity. How does an individual farm’s management team cope with these changes?

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Producers want transport rule delay
New Canadian livestock transport regulations scheduled to take effect Feb. 20 continue to raise concern among livestock producers and commodity groups.

Despite current dip, cattle feeders optimistic about what lies ahead
With lots of cattle on increasingly pricey feed, margins are taking a hit, but optimism remains strong

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A new insecticide for soybean aphids
Sefina’s control of soybean aphids differs from other products

Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a fungal disease of cereal crops. When disease infection is severe, FHB can recognized by premature bleaching and salmon-coloured fungal growth on the heads of crops it has infected. FHB reduces yields, decreases grain quality and may limit crop marketing opportunities

Rejuvenation of Hay and Pasture
Rejuvenation of a forage stand, whether hay or pasture, involves using one or a combination of methods to increase productivity with a shift towards higher yielding forage species that provide improved nutritive value for livestock.

2019 Cereal Guide

2018 Roundup Ready Soybean Variety Trials

2018 Conventional Soybean Variety Trails

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Breeding heifers starts with a plan
The breeding age heifer contributes greatly to the future success of a dairy. She can also be the source of lost opportunities. Joe Dalton, University of Idaho, addressed the importance of getting young stock safe in calf as soon as the breeding window opens. The webinar, Synchronization strategies for heifers focused on efficiently producing a pregnancy.

What Are the Options for Non-saleable (Waste) Milk?
During challenging economic times, it is difficult to consider the financial loss that occurs when milk is withheld from sale for various reasons. The need for a safe food supply at all levels has placed increased attention on agricultural production practices. Concerns regarding the potential spread of pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, and other hazards surrounding biosecurity and safe animal feeding practices have brought attention to the issue of how to handle non-saleable or waste milk.

Atlantic Dairy Events Calendar

Dairy Quota Exchange

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Agri-Food Growth Program
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the Agri-Food Growth Program to build and enhance local markets to increase the awareness, sale and consumption of Prince Edward Island produced agri-food products.

Agri-Food Promotion Program
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the Agri-Food Promotion Program to increase the awareness, demand, and consumption for fresh, high-quality Prince Edward Island agricultural products.

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PEI Woodlot Owner's Association website
PEIWOA is an inclusive group of woodlot owners that encourages Islanders to create a more sustainable forest ecosystem and forest resource on Prince Edward Island

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USDA Researchers Help Honeybees Keep Pollinating Our Food Crops
Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are studying ways to keep honeybees stress-free and healthy. These pollinators are important to American agriculture and our nation’s food crops.

Study: Hemp Could Help Declining Honeybee Population
A recent study from Colorado State University reports that industrial hemp could help declining bee populations—a source of great ecological concern—because it’s a great source of pollen.


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A funny berry: Haskaps catching on with Alberta growers
Across six acres of Ross Ehalt's farm in Sturgeon County north of Edmonton indigo-blue cylindrical fruit is beginning to plump on the vine. Ehalt is among a growing number of Alberta producers cultivating annual bumper crops of haskap berries.

Modern irrigation tools move closer to automation
Growers still bear responsibility for irrigating specialty crops, but technology offers a few helping hands for the task. Sensors detect moisture in the air or soil. Weather networks record historical temperatures. And free-to-download phone apps calculate evapotranspiration, allowing growers to decide how much water the crops need.

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Factors to consider when your horse has the trots
A horse with diarrhea can suffer serious health consequences if it’s a serious case

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Definitely the road less travelled
Taking to organic in crops and in hogs takes trust, vision and teamwork

June 23- 2019 ACORN AGM & Visioning Session, Dieppe, NB

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Take It In
Why do growers so often get little benefit from application of calcium fertilizers? It’s widely known that having good calcium levels in potato tubers can reduce multiple quality problems including internal rust spot, internal browning and hollow heart. Calcium also plays a role in reducing susceptibility to bruising and post-harvest diseases. So, what exactly do plants do with calcium? Its main function within cell walls is to give cell wall rigidity and strength, says David Marks, calcium expert and managing director of Levity Crop Science.

Aphids and the plant viruses they transmit cause billions of dollars in crop damage around the world every year. A Cornell-led research team is examining the relationship at the molecular level, which could lead to new methods for controlling the pests.

2019 Potato Fieldworker Meetings - Meeting start at 3:00 p.m.
For more information contact Lorraine MacKinnon, Potato Industry Coordinator, PEIDAL 902-314-1607

Date Location
July 2 Emerald Rec Centre
July 16 PEI Potato Board
July 30 Kensington AIC
August 13 PEI Potato Board
August 27  Kensington AIC
September 10 PEI Potato Board


June 25 - Sprayer Calibration Clinics, Klondike Farms, Wilmot Valley

June 26 - Sprayer Calibration Clinics, Townsend Potato Company Ltd, Rollo Bay

July 2 - Potato Scouting Workshop, Emerald Rec Centre
Participants will learn pest identification, scouting safety, new scouting tools, and scouting tips from experienced crop scouts. The workshop will run from 9-2 (registration at 8:30 a.m.), and will be immediately followed by the first Potato Fieldworker Meeting of the season. Registration fee: $20.  PLEASE REGISTER by calling  (90) 368-4880.  For more information about the workshop, contact Lorraine MacKinnon, Potato Industry Coordinator, PEIDAL 902-314-1607

Stem-end chip defect is another serious threat affecting tuber quality for chip potato growers. What are the causes of sugar end/jelly end rot and stem-end chip defect and what management strategies can be taken?

2018 Potato Guide - available on-line

2018 Seed Potato Certification List and Grower Directory available on- line

Terminal Market Potato Prices
These price data are compiled by USDA AMS Market News Service.

FOB Potato Prices
These price data are compiled by USDA AMS Market News Service.

Reports on Potato Supplies, Movement,Stocks, and Usage
This data are compiled by North American Potato Market News.

US National Potato & Onion Report


The dirt on sustainable sheep farming
The course discusses possible solutions to enhance the sustainability of sheep grazing, looking at both scientific and socio-economic aspects. It also includes SFU graduate student Tara Mulloy discussing her research project on vegetation dynamics and restoration in the Icelandic highlands.

New farm report points to ‘low investment’ in sheep sector
The Sheep Welfare Scheme that was introduced in 2016 and due to run to 2020 has improved profitability and increased output in the sector. Meanwhile, the average borrowings per sheep farm in this country is just under €20,000 while investment in the sector is low.

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


China suspends shipments from one Canadian processor over reported Ractopamine finding
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) confirms that pork from one Canadian pork establishment have been temporarily suspended after Chinese officials . say a shipment of frozen pork products tested positive for the presence of Ractopamine.


Ag census: Greenhouse tomato space soars
Call it the age of the greenhouse tomato. The last decade has been good to that growing technique, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Greenhouse space is up across the U.S. overall, and vegetable growers remain in a good position to compete for those glass houses despite the increase in hemp and cannabis production. That’s in an age when vegetable growers as an industry are doing less with more: Growing more value on fewer acres.

Safety of fresh fruit, vegetables target of Texas A&M study
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, TEES, were recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study and develop super-repellent and anti-fouling surfaces for foods.

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New Product: Farmwave AI Subscriber Model
Farmwave’s mission is to transform the world’s agricultural information into AI data models that power decision-making and preserve the future of farming.


We welcome your feedback. Suggestions, questions, or comments can be made to the Agriculture Information Desk at by e- mail to slmacneil@gov.pe.ca

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June 21, 2019
Agriculture and Land

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