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PEIFA 77 th AGM – Friday January 26, 2018 – Confederation Centre of the Arts
Draft Agenda HERE

Farm & Food Care PEI Announcement –
You are invited to the official public announcement of Farm & Food Care PEI. 
The announcement event will take place on Friday, December 8 at 2:00pm in the produce section of the Sobeys on Allen Street in Charlottetown. 
Farm & Food Care PEI (FFCPEI) is a new program of the PEI Federation of Agriculture and is supported by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. FFCPEI will work to connect consumers to every part of the food system on PEI – from food production to consumption – and will work together with those across the entire supply chain to share accurate information on how our food is produced. The announcement will include remarks from David Mol, FFCPEI Steering Committee Chair and PEIFA President; Honorable Alan McIsaac, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; and FFCPEI Coordinator, Kayla Nieuwhof. Matt Dykerman, local grower representative, will be present with carrots from his farm for those in attendance. We hope to see you there as we launch this exciting new program.
 
PEI Federation of Agriculture - Business Risk Assessment Survey
The Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture (PEIFA) has partnered with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to conduct a business risk assessment for the agriculture and agri-food industry on Prince Edward Island. The PEIFA has contracted a consulting firm, MNP LLP (MNP) to aid in the execution of the project.
The goal of the survey is to gather initial risk information from those involved with agriculture and agri-food on Prince Edward Island. 
L ocal, Regional, Canadian News

Province needs a plan to reduce food waste: Opposition
A private member's bill now in the P.E.I. legislature could reduce food waste in the province. MORE
 
Maple Leaf buys further into ‘meat’ market
One of Canada’s biggest packaged meat companies is further expanding its space on the non-animal protein shelf with a deal for U.S. processor Field Roast Grain Meat. MORE
 
Winners of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2017 celebrated
National winners for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer for 2017 were awarded on Dec. 1 to Derek & Tannis Axten of Axten Farms in Minton, Sask., and Véronique Bouchard & François Handfield of Ferme aux petits oignons at Mont-Tremblant, Que. MORE
 
Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead Fundraiser
The historical homestead is having a silent auction as a fundraiser. One of items in the auction is a two-hour luncheon for two people with the PEI Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Alan McIsaac. Minister McIsaac has been a supporter of the Homestead. The luncheon is be at one of Charlottetown’s best restaurants – Sims Corner Steakhouse. The restaurant certificate is valued at $100.  
If you are interested in bidding on this item, email macphailhomestead@gmail.com by December 10.
 
Lead Atlantic – Dalhousie University
EVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP TRAINING for Agriculture and Aquaculture
LEADAtlantic is an evolutionary leadership program for agriculture and aquaculture committed to creating an environment where participants can collaboratively grow and develop competencies to lead more profitable and innovative industries. MORE
 
Federation of Agriculture offering Forklift Training
The PEIFA has received funding for forklift safety training through the Farm Credit Canada AgSafety Fund administered through the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.
This training is open to farm employees needing recertification as well as those who may be entering into employment in the agriculture sector.
Courses will be held in Charlottetown and can he hosted on farm.
This training is being offered at a discounted rate of $20 per person. Space is limited.
For more information please contact Matt at the PEIFA office 902-368-7289.
 
Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and the PEI Minister of Agriculture’s Dedication to Agriculture Award.
Employers and Employees should keep in mind that there are three awards to recognize well deserving farm employers and employees - Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and the PEI Minister of Agriculture’s Dedication to Agriculture Award.  Applications are available on line and can be mailed or faxed to the PEI Agriculture Sector Council, deadline is December 31st, 2017. The successful recipient will receive a keeper plaque, a prize, and 2 tickets to the PEI Federation of Agriculture Banquet where they will receive their award.
For more information, visit the PEIAGSC website at www.peiagsc.ca. This is a great way to recognize an employee or an employer for their hard work and dedication to a farm enterprise.
 
The following is a description of each award: 
2017 PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry Minister’s Dedication to Agriculture Award - The ideal candidate for this award is an agricultural employee that through long serving, dedication, devotion, involvement, and thoughtfulness has contributed to the success and long-term profitability of the agriculture enterprise. The candidate will have long-term service in the agricultural industry.
Deadline for nominations is December 31st, 2017. 
 
2017 PEI Agriculture Employee of the Year Award - Agricultural employers are encouraged to nominate employees for the 2016 PEI Agriculture Employee of the Year Award. The ideal candidate for this award makes an invaluable contribution to any farm operation. The candidate will have demonstrated a strong work ethic and shown dedication and commitment to the agricultural industry. The award is sponsored by Kool Breeze Farms. Deadline for Nominations is December 31, 2017 
 
2017 PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year Award - Do you have an agricultural employer who demonstrates a tremendous level of dedication and support to their employees? Why not nominate your employer for the 2016 PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year Award. The ideal candidate for this award is an agricultural employer that goes above and beyond to ensure that their employees have a positive work experience. The award is sponsored by T&K Fire & Safety Ltd.
The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017.
 
PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries “Concentrated Flow Analysis” for Establishment of Grass Waterways
The physical properties of soil and weather patterns in Prince Edward Island make it highly susceptible to soil erosion. Farm practices that result in regular soil tillage increases the possibility of erosion, especially in those fields tilled in late fall and left without cover. The Sustainable Agriculture Section of the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has been involved with soil conservation efforts for over three decades and continues to encourage producers to implement soil conservation practices.
For the winter of 2017, the Sustainable Agriculture section will be offering a “Concentrated Flow Analysis” program. This program will provide an opportunity for producers to have their fields assessed using geographic information system analysis (GIS) and, in consultation with a soil conservation specialist, determine areas of potential soil erosion and discuss management options. Identifying areas of concentrated flow will provide producers with the necessary information to make informed decisions on soil conservation measures.
The focus of the program will be to identify areas where water will collect and then flow creating channels. These areas of concentrated flow can be minimized with the establishment of grass waterways. Grass waterways are arguably one of the easiest and most effective soil conservation features to implement. Designed to move water across agriculture fields without causing soil erosion, the waterway slows water flow and protects the channel surface from the eroding forces of runoff, reducing the impact of soil erosion on streams and watercourses and protecting soil quality on the farm.
The concentrated flow analysis program will be available to producers from November 2017 to April 2018. Features identified through the process may be eligible for funding under the Canada Agriculture Partnership (CAP) starting in April 2018.
Program Process/Details:
-          Producers complete application form and identify property numbers of fields to be analyzed - Producers should list properties in order of priority. Fields analyzed per farm may be limited based on program uptake.
-          Forms are submitted to Sustainable Agriculture Section
-          Analysis is completed and field maps analyzed/generated indicating areas of concentrated flow.
-          Producer contacted by Soil Conservation specialist to set up consultation
-          Soil conservation features identified for establishment or possible construction in 2018 field season.
-          If necessary, application prepared for eligible funding through the Canada Agriculture Partnership (CAP).
Anyone interested in participating in the program can contact Charlotte or Melanie, with the Sustainable Agriculture Section to receive an application.
Charlotte Campbell (902-894-0340, chmcampbell@gov.pe.ca) or Melanie Bos, (902-314-0790, mbos@gov.pe.ca).

Atlantic Cow-Calf 2017 Production Survey
This survey is being conducted by the Maritime Beef Council in cooperation with the Provincial Beef Associations and Perennia as part of a larger overall study project. The purpose of the overall study project is to gain a better understanding of the management practices, economics, and disease rates on Maritime cow-calf farms and determine how well Maritime producers compete in a global economy. This survey will obtain basic information on production practices, management choices, disease rates, and rate of technology adaptation in the provinces. Click HERE for survey.
 
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 www.peifa.ca/efp/
 
Livestock
 
There’s a simple solution to the increase of clostridial cases
Beef 911: Vaccines for the clostridial diseases are the cheapest on the market, but often aren’t given MORE
 
Feeder Cattle Demand from Feedlots in H2/2017
The demand for feeder cattle from feedlots in the second half of this year has been one of the surprises of the cattle market in 2017, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE
 
Removing phosphorus from manure on-farm  
Dairy farmers concerned about the amount of phosphorus they’re spreading on their fields with their manure application may be able to tackle the problem before it gets to the field. MORE

Lower cash, pork prices pull down CME hogs
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs finished lower on Wednesday, pressured by weaker cash and wholesale pork prices, said traders. MORE
 
National Pork Producers Council announces support for Farmers for Free Trade
US pork producers’ voice on policy and advocacy joins growing bipartisan effort to rebuild grassroots support for trade policies that benefit farmers and ranchers. MORE

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – November 30 – HERE
*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen's Association Market Report – Tuesday, December 5  HERE

Potatoes

Colorado Hoping NAFTA Improves Export Market
With ongoing efforts in research projects, successes with newer varieties and encouragement from some governmental quarters, 2017 is closing out as a year of accomplishments for the Colorado potato industry. MORE
 
Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys
More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing.  MORE
 
Low demand for potatoes in the south
While demand for potatoes in the Bologna area was good a few weeks ago despite the low prices, the situation is not very good in southern Italy (Calabria, Sicily and Puglia). MORE
 
Low prices for potatoes and onions
2017 is ending, so the time has come to make a few assessments on the potato and onion campaign with F.lli Torti s.r.l.. MORE
 
AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA - Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

Crops             
 
North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola sinks with record crop projection
Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada platform suffered losses on Wednesday, after Statistics Canada predicted this year’s production would hit 21.3 million tonnes. MORE
 
ICE Futures Canada Wednesday: Canola prices lower HERE
 
Dealing with insect pests in stored cereals  
The weather in Alberta has been ideal for the survival and spread of insects that feast on stored grain. In response, Clair Langlois, cereal extension specialist for the Alberta agriculture and forestry ministry has produced some tips for producers worried about their storage system. MORE
 
Canola holds rangebound with bearish StatsCan data
Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada complex stayed mostly rangebound during the week ended Wednesday, even as sharp fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and a bearish Statistics Canada report impacted the market. MORE
 
Production of principal field crops, November 2017
Canadian farmers reported increased production of canola, soybean, oats and corn for grain in 2017, while wheat and barley production was lower than in 2016. MORE
 
Better soil health could capture more carbon
A recent study says changing farming practices could capture as much carbon as the global transport sector emits MORE
 
Southwest boosters continue to pitch soy plant
A local development group continues to hope it can draw a global soy processor to southwestern Manitoba MORE
 
Canola stocks look less tight in StatsCan report
Canadian farmers grew a record amount of canola in 2017, despite weather concerns, according to updated production estimates on Wednesday from Statistics Canada. MORE
 
Soybean markets excite while corn settles
Soybean prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) are finding support from Argentina weather while corn markets remain stuck in sideways trading, according to a Chicago trader. MORE
 
Wheat, soy slump on technicals, commodities selloff
U.S. grain and soy prices fell on Wednesday, pressured by technical selling amid a broad downturn across many commodities as the dollar climbed. MORE

Morning markets: soybean futures extend gains - at expense of wheat HERE
 
Grain Farmers of Ontario - Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

General Interest
 
 Door opens to more aid for Saskatchewan ranchers hit by fall wildfires
The Saskatchewan government is providing financial assistance to ranchers who suffered uninsurable losses when their grazing land was damaged by wildfires earlier this fall. MORE
 
TSX defers consideration of CanniMed Therapeutics shareholder rights plan
CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. says it has been notified that the Toronto Stock Exchange will defer consideration of a shareholder rights plan adopted by the company in a bid to defend itself against a hostile takeover offer by Aurora Cannabis Inc. MORE

Regular Updates
 
FCC Express – December 1, 2017 HERE
 
Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – December 1 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – December 6 HERE
 
Ontario Farm Market Summary – Wednesday, December 6 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today's Local Weather - HERE

Meetings and Events

Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead Fundraiser
The historical homestead is having a silent auction as a fundraiser. One of items in the auction is a two-hour luncheon for two people with the PEI Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Alan McIsaac. Minister McIsaac has been a supporter of the Homestead. The luncheon is be at one of Charlottetown’s best restaurants – Sims Corner Steakhouse. The restaurant certificate is valued at $100.  
If you are interested in bidding on this item, email macphailhomestead@gmail.com by December 10.
 
Please join PEI COPC for the "Tips and Tools to Grow KICKA#S Veggies Workshop"
December 11th at the PEI Farm Center.
This event will feature a number of soil savvy farmers and researchers talking about how to grow vegetables organically.
Register online to reserve your seat. Contact Karen Murchison at research@organicpei.com or 902-894-9999 for more information.  HERE
 
Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and the PEI Minister of Agriculture’s Dedication to Agriculture Award.
Employers and Employees should keep in mind that there are three awards to recognize well deserving farm employers and employees - Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and the PEI Minister of Agriculture’s Dedication to Agriculture Award.  Applications are available on line and can be mailed or faxed to the PEI Agriculture Sector Council, deadline is December 31st, 2017. The successful recipient will receive a keeper plaque, a prize, and 2 tickets to the PEI Federation of Agriculture Banquet where they will receive their award.
For more information, visit the PEIAGSC website at www.peiagsc.ca. This is a great way to recognize an employee or an employer for their hard work and dedication to a farm enterprise.
 
The following is a description of each award: 
2017 PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry Minister’s Dedication to Agriculture Award - The ideal candidate for this award is an agricultural employee that through long serving, dedication, devotion, involvement, and thoughtfulness has contributed to the success and long-term profitability of the agriculture enterprise. The candidate will have long-term service in the agricultural industry.
Deadline for nominations is December 31st, 2017. 
 
2017 PEI Agriculture Employee of the Year Award - Agricultural employers are encouraged to nominate employees for the 2016 PEI Agriculture Employee of the Year Award. The ideal candidate for this award makes an invaluable contribution to any farm operation. The candidate will have demonstrated a strong work ethic and shown dedication and commitment to the agricultural industry. The award is sponsored by Kool Breeze Farms. Deadline for Nominations is December 31, 2017 
 
2017 PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year Award - Do you have an agricultural employer who demonstrates a tremendous level of dedication and support to their employees? Why not nominate your employer for the 2016 PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year Award. The ideal candidate for this award is an agricultural employer that goes above and beyond to ensure that their employees have a positive work experience. The award is sponsored by T&K Fire & Safety Ltd.
The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017.
 
Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Course (CEC)
-          The Continuing Education Courses will enable a holder of a Pesticide Class A Applicator Certificate to renew their certification without writing the Class A exam. 
-          Certification is required every 5 years. 
-          These courses are for RENEWING the Class A Certificate only.
For more information or to register click HERE.
 
WI Island Product Cooking Contest for Students
The fourth cash prize cooking contest targeting Intermediate and High School students is officially launched and deadline to submit entries is December 15, 2017. 
Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to send in recipes which contain three agriculture or fishery based ingredients.  
Categories include: Appetizer, Soup, Main dish, and Sweets. Entries can choose one or more categories. 
Cash prizes are $250, $100 and $50 will be awarded in each of the sections.
Top entries in those categories will be selected to prepare in advance appetizer size portions of their recipe in a cook off slated for February 13, 2018 to a group of select judges as part of WI’s Founder’s Day Week at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown.  
The contest has been organized by the Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute and sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Deadline to enter is December 15. Entry and recipe forms are available at the WI office at 40 Enman Crescent or online at www.peiwi.ca.
 
PEI young farmers Annual AGM - Celebrating 70 years of PEI young farmers
January 20, 2018 – Speakers for this year include Lance Stockbrugger and Don Schuefelbien
 
Maritime Young Farmer Summit Ignite hosted by FCC
Feb. 9-10 Truro NS.- if your interested book your hotel early.  MORE
For more information on these great training and networking opportunities please contact us on our facebook page or e-mail peiyoungfarmers@outlook.com
 
Lead Atlantic – Dalhousie University
EVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP TRAINING for Agriculture and Aquaculture
LEADAtlantic is an evolutionary leadership program for agriculture and aquaculture committed to creating an environment where participants can collaboratively grow and develop competencies to lead more profitable and innovative industries.
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PEI Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program
Island farm employees now have the opportunity to enhance their skills and obtain Blue Seal certification through the PEI Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program.
This program provides farm employees a great opportunity to gain important skills and gain trade experience to use in the Agriculture industry they are working in.
The program is subsidized 100%, if EI eligible, by Skills PEI through the Labour Market Development Fund.
To be eligible to enter the Apprenticeship program, a person must:
-          Be at least 16 years of age
-          Grade 12 or equivalent (or be willing to complete during the program)
-          Be working on a farm with an employer willing to mentor
-          Have at least 1000 hours work in the agriculture industry
P.E.I Farm Technician Apprenticeship 2018 Training Block will be held Monday, January 8 - Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown P.E.I.
To register contact PEIAGSC at 902-892-1091 by October 25th.
Developed in consultation with the PEI Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee, this one-of-a-kind, free two-year registered apprenticeship program combines classroom learning with on-farm experience, earning students a Certificate of Qualification in Farm Technician by the PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning.
Apprentices work throughout the year gaining skills on-farm with a farm mentor in addition to participating in five weeks of in-class training delivered by Extended Learning, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture, on PEI.
This unique program was developed to address the demand for a skilled, sustainable, agricultural workforce on P.E.I.
Those interested in starting the journey to become a Blue Seal Certified Farm Technician must first register with P.E.I. Agriculture Sector Council at 902- 892-1091 or email: info@peiagsc.ca
 
3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation  
***UPDATE--WE ARE NOW TAKING NAMES FOR OTHER DATES THAT MAYBE OFFERED FOR 3A TRAINING IF INTERESTED PLEASE GET YOUR NAME ON A WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT TRAINING SESSIONS!! WE MAYBE OFFERING SESSIONS IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER***
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  info@peiagsc.ca
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 Questions or comments? E-mail us at Newsletter@peifa.ca or call 902-368-7289 
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