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E-Letter - January 15, 2016

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

Seeking producers and agriculture industry representatives for Ag Literacy week - February 28 - March 6
Are you passionate about agriculture? Are you willing to share your personal agriculture story? Agriculture in the Classroom organizations across Canada are seeking producers and agriculture industry representatives who are willing to visit classrooms during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week! Please call 902-892-1091 to sign up now

Island dairy farmers receive national distinction
The Province of Prince Edward Island congratulates Lexis Holsteins, formerly of Freetown, and Winterbay Holsteins of Bedford on their recent distinction as Master Breeders through Holstein Canada.

China's Economic Woes Leave Commodities Looking for a New Demand Catalyst
For the better part of the last two decades, commodity markets have become accustomed to demand growth from China supporting prices. Whether it was iron ore from Australia or soybeans from the U.S., sales to China grew year-over-year. However, it%u2019s becoming increasingly likely that those days are over.

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

January 29 - PEIFA 75th AGM. Charlottetown


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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 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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4 ways to structure farm diversification
Before rolling a new enterprise into the main farm, stop, think and talk about how this is going to fit into your operation long term.


  • January 19 - Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Presents: Know Your Rights & Obligations When Signing Grain Contracts - Janelle Whiteley
  • February 5 - Dairy Research Symposium: Innovate3
  • February 18 - Agriculture More Than Ever Presents: Taking Stock - Speaking Up for Canada's Livestock Industry -Leigh Rosengran


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What's ahead for the beef industry in 2016? 10 megatrends to watch
We will remember 2015 as the second-best year ever for cow-calf profitability, with 2014 notching the record. What's ahead for 2016? Here, in no particular order, are the top 10 megatrends to watch.

Seedstock 100: Think you are just buying bulls? Think again...
Savvy commercial producers are buying lots more than bulls from their seedstock suppliers these days. They're investing in genetic programs, expecting increased genetic dependability and selection accuracy. And that's just for starters.

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Crop diseases take a bit of a break in 2015
Drier conditions this past season kept a lid on most crop diseases - but this is probably just a brief respite until environmental conditions line up again.

February 17-18 - PEISCIA and Cereals & Oilseed Day, Summerside

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What you need to know about A2
A2 milk has created recent industry buzz in dairy news. As consumers continuously look for new ways to eat healthy, A2 milk is a trend that emerges on their radar. While A2 milk has been a common brand in Australia and New Zealand for several years, it only made its entry to the US marketplace in California stores in the spring of 2015.

Alltech 2015 Canadian harvest analysis: Test the TMR
Before adding wheat into the total mixed ration (TMR) this year, dairy producers may want to consider testing for mold and mycotoxins. A wet spring and an overdue dry season impeded the quality of the 2015 Canadian crop, creating disparities in plant growth and putting dairy cows at risk for mycotoxin exposure, according to the latest results from Alltech's North America harvest analysis.

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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New Bee Germplasm Collection
The addition of an ARS bee collection will ensure that genetically diverse honey bee germplasm will be preserved for traits such as resistance to particular pests or diseases and for pollination efficiency. The genebank can help ARS and other researchers around the country to breed better bees now and in the future.

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Creating a gentler, more profitable way to harvest blueberries
Although automation in agriculture is often synonymous with efficiency, that has not been the case with harvesting and processing berries. That is about to change

March 31- April 2 - Atlantic Cranberry Management Course, Chalrottetown

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Studly Seniors, Part 1
Horse-breeding tips for keeping your stallion healthy and productive into his golden years.

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One crop, two ways, multiple benefits
Pulse crop adds long-term nitrogen, carbon to soil

Manure applications elevate nitrogen accumulation and loss
Study finds manure does not enhance biomass in greenhouse vegetables; could result in economic loss due to nitrogen accumulations

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

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Potato Prices Forecast to Go Down
Tall haystacks and overflowing grain bins are sending farmers clear signals to look at alternative crops for the 2016 planting season. Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News, hopes they choose to idle acres rather than increase potato acreage, but history suggests that won%u2019t be the case.

January 15 - Potato Cleaning & Disinfection Workshop - Summerside

January 18 - Potato Cleaning & Disinfection Workshop - charlottetown

January 27 - UPGC Seminar 2016, Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown

February 26-27 International Potato Technology Expo, Charlottetown PEI
Register today for the workshop!

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


TheSheepSite Blog: Scanning and Planning
Clare Smith reflects on flock improvement and planning grazing for different scenarios at the start of a new year on the Luscious Lamb farm.

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


The Broken Sow: Fix Your Sow and You Fix the Piglets
Stop looking at the dead piglet in the farrowing pen. By the time you have found it you have missed out on the basic cause of its death. Generally the cause has nothing to do with the dead pig other than the fact it could not survive.


Cheap Canadian dollar making fruits and vegetables much more expensive
Produce prices went up by around 10 per cent last year and may double inflation in 2016

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Getting that farm data working in the field
Some big ag players and Silicon Valley investors are convinced that precision agriculture and 'big data' are the next big things. Convincing farmers is another matter.

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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 29, 2016

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