E-Letter - June 7, 2019

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


Gut health key when raising birds without using antibiotics
Promoting gut health is key to adapting to calls for antibiotic-free poultry production, attendees were told at the recent annual research day of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC).

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.

AAFC launches youth employment grant, available immediately
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced that the Youth Employment and Skills Program was open for applications. The program offers cost-share of employee wages and benefits at 50%, up to a maximum of $14,000. Eligible participants must be between 15 to 30 years of age and work to gain employment skills so they are positioned to enter the workforce permanently.

Cover Crops: a solution to protect the Great Lakes
Canada’s Great Lakes represent about 20% of the world’s fresh water reserve. We rely on their resources for drinking, farming and general recreation. That’s why it’s important that we keep our Great Lakes clean. To that end, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist Dr. Xueming Yang is working to keep nutrients used in farming from seeping into the Great Lakes. Not only that, but his research can be applied to improve soil and water health in regions across the country.

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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Advanced Payments Program changes to roll out "as early as" June 10
AQccording to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, regulations are now in place for the changes to the Advanced Payments Program (APP) announced at the beginning of May. The original changes were an increase to the APP cap from $400,000 to $1,000,0000 for all producers in an effort to help farmers in the face of current trade issues with China. The interest-free portion on canola advances has now been revised from $100,000 to $500,000.

Solid strategies help producers improve profits
Farmers can greatly benefit from writing commodity marketing strategies that include their cost of production, informed selling price targets and marketing tool options.

Stay tuned

Market Prices

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Local anesthetic and pain control show greatest calf comfort
A University of Guelph study has found that using a combined local anesthetic and pain reliever when dehorning young calves will reduce the animals’ stress.

Wagyu proves premium beef commands premium price
Wagyu is a Japanese breed renowned for its tenderness, marbling and flavour. It’s a premium product, commanding anything from $15 per pound for ground beef to upwards of $100 per pound for finer cuts. The premium prices have attracted interest from ranchers around the world.

Train cattle to respect fences
Rounding up cattle after they escaped from a pasture can be a time-consuming nuisance, especially if they took down a fence along the way. Two Canadian cattle producers recommend electric fencing and say training the livestock is the key to keeping them contained.

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Soybean School: Planting strategies for June soybeans
In this episode of RealAgriculture Soybean School, Bohner emphasizes that adapted soybean varieties still have over 90 percent yield potential when planted in early June.

DON-forecasting tool funded
The federal and provincial governments are supporting the creation of an early-warning and risk assessment system for deoxynivalenol (DON).

2019 Cereal Guide

2018 Roundup Ready Soybean Variety Trials

2018 Conventional Soybean Variety Trails

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Dairy industry concerned over Canadian government ratifying USMCA before the United States
The United States and Canada have found a truce on the steel and aluminum tariffs which, as promised, presents a window to ratify USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) before the fall. As export-related agricultural commodity organizations push for a Canadian ratification of the USMCA agreement, the Dairy Farmers of Canada is asking the Canadian government to tap the breaks on ratification.

Set starch free
Although starch isn’t listed as a required nutrient by any dairy cattle nutrition document, its impact is absolutely felt in the bulk tank.

California dairy quota petition falls short
The push to end California’s Class I milk market pool quota system hit a surprising roadblock on May 22, when the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced that the petition submitted by organizers of STOP QIP (the Quota Implementation Plan allowed under the state’s new Federal Milk Marketing Order) did not have enough qualified signatures to make it a valid request for referendum.

Use proof reliability to estimate real genetic value
Proofs are not 100 percent accurate. Never have been, never will be. Every proof is simply the best approximation of the real genetic value of an animal.

Management and Policy Officer - Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island
Located in Charlottetown and reporting to the General Manager, the Management and Policy Officer will learn all aspects of the dairy industry, including the legal and market environment. Duties will include providing policy advice to the Board and operational management functions. Success in this role will require a bachelor or master’s degree in business/commerce, agricultural management, agricultural economics or related disciplines. A knowledge of agriculture policy development is desirable. Applicants should note that a significant amount of travel, mostly within Canada, is required. Competitive management compensation will be determined based on the skills and experience offered, and will be adjusted to reflect all responsibilities assigned. DFPEI provides employees a full insurance and retirement package. Applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to dfpei@dfpei.pe.ca.

Atlantic Dairy Events Calendar

Dairy Quota Exchange

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Influencing the Food Influencers
Farm tours share the story of agriculture with consumers – in a really impactful way. Interacting with the animals, seeing farm equipment up close, hearing farmers’ stories and witnessing everyday farm life provides meaningful hands-on experiences. It’s a strategy that anyone involved in agriculture can use to engage with those outside of our industry.

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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International honey bee colonies down 16% – study
The number of honey bee colonies fell by 16% across 36 countries in the winter of 2017-18, according to an international study. It found that out of 544,879 colonies being managed at the start of winter, 89,124 were lost through a combination of circumstances including the effects of weather conditions, unsolvable problems with a colony’s queen, and natural disaster.

Urban beekeeping boom is harming native bees, entomologists say
There is a downside to the urban beehive boom in Montreal. Entomologists say honey bee hives are a growing threat to native pollinators.


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Robocrop: world's first raspberry-picking robot set to work
Autonomous machine expected to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers

Rutgers University Research Helping Area Farmers During Strawberry Season
Students have been working to create varieties of the fruit that will grow best in New Jersey’s climate and soil while enhancing the flavor genes.

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We’ve all known horses that are better described as vacuums – they seem to inhale their food rather than chewing and savouring every bite. Usually, the only bad outcome from dealing with these types of horses is occasionally a stepped-on toe from the pushy exuberance for incoming feed or hay; however, sometimes the result can be choke.

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Organic Farming Has A Plastic Problem. One Solution Is Controversial
Plastic is under attack these days for the environmental problems it causes. But sustainability-minded shoppers might not be aware that many organic farmers – like their conventional farming neighbors – also rely on plastic. It's spread over the ground as a form of mulch to suppress weeds, conserve water and aid plant growth.

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

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Potato blight is now fighting dirty
The challenges in managing potato blight have always been the main focus on in-season fungicide programmes for Scottish potato growers. As a mobile and aggressive pathogen, it has readily adapted itself to new varieties over the years and we’ve been used to seeing it shift and slide. But in recent seasons the emergence of particularly worrying strains has been a feature and last season’s data confirms that the rise of three different issues in the new blight strains being commonly detected.

United States Potato Planting progress: wet spring delays showing up in the numbers
Updates from the United States Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) on the progress of (potato) planting throughout the United States. An overview.

EarthFresh strengthens spuds
Burlington, Ontario-based EarthFresh Farms is building a 140,000-square-foot potato packing plant and distribution center in Atlanta, Ga., to serve the Southeastern and south central U.S.

New report on the global potato processing sector released
Dutch based market and consumer data analytics company Annual Insight has released its Quarterly Update Report on the global potato processing sector today, entitled Overreaction or the right assessment?.

Cornell improves global access to potato breeding material
Cornell’s plant breeders and geneticists have played a significant role in the improvement of the potato, having released more than 50 varieties since 1908. Cornell researchers are now expanding their efforts to make more wild potato seeds available to potato breeders around the world.

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


New tracking technology battles sheep rustling in Scottish farms
Now special coded fleece paint and tracing equipment that is swallowed can help identify stolen sheep. The new technology is far harder for criminals to get around than more traditional tags and colour markings.

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


Canadian Pork Excellence launched after five-year review
After some backlash from producers and a pilot test period, the program is better adapted for pork producers across Canada


Produce Traceability Initiative makes progress in industry
Two E. coli outbreaks involving romaine lettuce last year has tracking and traceability at the forefront of the produce industry once again. While there is nothing good about E. coli contamination, the instances do prompt examination of where traceability technology and application has come since the 2006 spinach outbreak that claimed the lives of three people, including 2-year-old Kyle Allgood.

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Is Agriculture Going the Way of Robotics?
A new report by market analysts and consultants Tractica has said that global shipments of robots designed for agricultural use are set to rise to a value of $87.9 billion by 2025.


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

Next E-Letter:   June 21, 2019

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June 7, 2019
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