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E-Letter - December 31, 2015

Wishing you all a prosperous and Happy New Year in 2016!

If anyone has feedback or items that they would like to see in the E- Letter, please contact Suzanne MacNeill:

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

So God made... ...a Farmer and ...a Farmer's Wife

10 Stories That Impacted Agriculture In 2015

Making The Difficult Rent Decisions

Farmers have begun pushing the pencil on profitability expectations for the upcoming year. And the outlook is challenging – especially on rented acres. Expenses look to be the same and revenue is down considerably (26% or more for corn, soybeans, and wheat). There will be no easy answer when planning for the 2016 crop year.

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!

Growing Forward 2 programs available

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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Three Options to Renew your Pesticide Class A License - 2015/2016
To renew your pesticide applicator certificate there are three options available for you:

  1. Renewal of your certificate by receiving Continuing Education Credits.

    Training dates for Day A & Day B for 2015/2016.
    January 5, Access PEI, OLeary January 7, Access PEI, OLeary
    January 12,Rodd Royalty Charlottetown January 14,Rodd Royalty Charlottetown
    January 26,Loyalist Inn Summerside January 21,Loyalist Inn Summerside
    February 23, Lane's Riverhouse Inn Montague February 25, Lane's Riverhouse Inn Montague
    March 8, Rodd Royalty Charlottetown March 10, Rodd Royalty Charlottetown


  2. You can also renew your license by attending a one day training course and writing the exam at the end of the day.
    • January 20 - Rodd Royalty Charlottetown
    • February 3 - Loyalist Inn, Summerside
    • February 24 - Rodd Mill River, O'Leary
    • March 18 - Rodd Royalty Charlottetown


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

Should you have questions or require information as to which Day you have taken or which day you need to attend to renew your certificate, please do not hesitate to contact Muriel Power at (902) 368-4154 You can make an appointment to write the two hour exam by calling Muriel Power, PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry (902) 368-4154.


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FCC Economic Update: 2016 Outlook for Agriculture and Agri-Food Markets
The following three economic trends are expected to have the most influence on decisions and long-term strategies of agricultural producers, agri-businesses and food processors in 2016: interest rates, Canadian dollar and economic growth.



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Stellar Year Ahead for Cattle Industry
Cow-calf producers can look forward to another profitable year, but likely not as strong as the last two years.

January 9 -Nappan Field Day, Nappan Experimental Farm, NS

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Soybean School: Cyst Nematode Continues Trek Across Ontario
Soybean Cyst nematode (SCN) was first identified in Ontario in 1998. Since then the pest has slowly and methodically trekked across the province and can now be found in most parts of Ontario.

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Dairy sector looks forward for growth spurt
Dairy — milk, in particular — is facing huge challenges from the likes of pop companies and juice manufacturers. Over the years, fuelled by huge budgets, they've marketed their way into the lunch buckets of Canadian children. A study underway by University of Guelph researchers has found milk is not considered cool by adolescents, one of the groups that need it most.

Kingston's cows are closer to coming home to prison
Prison-farm supporters are ready to re-establish a program the Harper government killed

Hoard's Dairyman Webinar - Today’s tech tools to fine-tune herd care
Precision dairy management technologies provide tremendous opportunities for improvements in individual animal management on dairies. The use of automated, mechanized technologies aid in information collection. Although the technological “gadgets” may drive innovation, social and economic factors dictate technology adoption success.

January 13 - Double Header: Top 10 Tips for Optimizing Dairy Revenue and Cows are Talking - We Need to Listen, Summerside

Dairy Quota Exchange

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2015 BUYPEI program

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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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Ottawa bee keepers ask for help after holiday hive heist
30,000 bees stolen from Ottawa field over the holidays

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Ontario apple farmers hope weird winter weather won't damage 2016 crop
Ontario apple farmers are crossing their fingers and hoping this year's weird winter weather won't damage the province's $60-million apple crop.

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Herd Dynamics: Keeping the Peace
Equine psychologist Antonia Henderson dispels some myths about group turnout and outlines ways to reduce anti- social behaviour and help horses get along.

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Growing crops on organic soils increases greenhouse gas emissions, say scientists
Growing agricultural crops on organic (peat) soils is not good for the climate. When organic soils are drained and cultivated the organic matter in the soil will decompose which leads to emissions of greenhouse gases. This emission makes up as much as 6 percent of Denmark's total greenhouse gas emission. The good news is that we can do something about it.

January 28-31 - Guelph Organic Conference, University Of Guelph

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Forget ‘The Martian’, NASA wants to grow potatoes on Mars for real
NASA and the International Potato Center (CIP) are going to conduct an experiment intended to prove that potatoes can be grown in inhospitable conditions, the International Business Times reports.

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


2015's Top Features on The Sheep Site
Read some of this year's most popular features on The Sheep Site, including some tips for producers, and interesting insights into life on sheep farms.

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


Top Ten Pig Articles of 2015
In 2015 ThePigSite published an array of interesting and exciting articles covering everything from the latest scientific research to practical farming guides for those new to pig farming. Rounding up the year, here are the top 10 articles for the year.


Study: How LED lighting treatments affect greenhouse tomato quality
To satisfy increasing consumer demand for locally grown, fresh tomatoes during off-seasons, greenhouse tomato growers often need to rely on supplemental lighting. Tomato growers are looking to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), favored for their energy-saving potential, as an alternative to high-pressure sodium lamps (HPS) in greenhouse operations. A recent study offers new information about the feasibility of using LEDs in greenhouse tomato operations.

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5 “Must-Haves” For Precision Agriculture To Thrive In 2016
Sorting through the complex and ever-changing nature of precision agriculture is challenging to say the least. But one thing is for certain, this industry is primed to prosper despite tough market conditions. In my view, these five “must-have” things need to happen to take precision agriculture to the next level in 2016.

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We welcome your feedback. Suggestions, questions, or comments can be made to the Agriculture Information Desk at 368-4145 or 1-866-734-3276, or by e-mail to

Next E-letter: Friday, January 15, 2016

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