AgriInsurance Discount and Forage Program Deadline (April 30)

The Prince Edward Island Agricultural Insurance Corporation is pleased to announce that the provincial government through the Department of Agriculture and Land will be offering all producers a 10% discount on producers AgriInsurance premiums for the 2020 and 2021 growing seasons as announced April 23rd, 2020. You can find more information here.
Growers are reminded that the application deadline for the Forage Program is April 30th, 2020. The program offers drought coverage for pasture, hay, silage, forage seed, and green manure crops as well quality coverage for hay, silage, and forage seed.  Producers wishing to participate are asked to contact their Insurance Agent as soon as possible, call 902-836-0439, or email AICInsurance@gov.pe.ca and you will be directed to one of our agents.
The application deadline to sign up for Production Insurance is May 31st 2020. Again, please contact your Crop Insurance Agent, or contact AICInsurance@gov.pe.ca and we will be sure to help you out. We wish all producers a safe planting season!

Coronavirus: Another layer of Anxiety for Farmers

By Douglas Campbell

The National Farmers Union (NFU) adds its concerned voice about COVID-19 to that of many people in PEI, in Canada, and the whole world. We have never experienced a global health threat as serious as this one. Everyone is affected. Our health and our lives are at risk. For many of us our livelihoods are at risk. The fear and anxieties which accompany any major disaster are at a high level. Continue reading

NFU District 1, Region 1 Newsletter March 12, 2019

Hello to all NFU Members in District 1, Region 1:

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It is time to connect with you all by means of this newsletter to let you know what the NFU has been doing in the past few months.   Late in 2019 a good number of NFU members from P. E. I. attended the 50th Anniversary Convention of the NFU which was held in Winnipeg – the place where the Founding Convention took place.  This anniversary convention was a time to look back at the past achievements of the organization over the last fifty years and to develop a vision for our  continued involvement in the agricultural scene well into the future.  We were particularly glad to have Urban and Mary Laughlin attend the Convention once again.   Urban was presented with a lovely plaque in recognition of his contribution to the NFU as well as recognition of the fact he had attended all fifty National Conventions as well as the Founding Convention.  He is the only person in Canada to hold this record.   Congratulations, Urban,  and many thanks to you and Mary for all the work you have done.  Thanks too to Reg Phelan for all the work he has done for many years on the National Board.  Thanks to Stella Shepard for all her support during Reg’s involvement.  Byron Petrie is our new National Board Member. Continue reading

Talking about Species at Risk

A researcher named Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown, Environmental Studies, from the University of Prince Edward Island is looking for participants in a study about young farmers’ perspectives on environmental conservation and Species at Risk on Prince Edward Island (PEI).

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Barn Swallows are at risk in PEI (see Island Nature Trust for more information).

Specifically, she is looking for any farmer on PEI between the ages of 18 and 50. Knowledge about Species at Risk is not necessary for participation in the study.

The aim of the research is to better understand the role that young farmers are playing, or can play, in protection of the environment and species at risk on PEI. This will provide important information to guide the development of policy and educational programs about Species at Risk on PEI.

Your participation would involve participating in a face-to-face interview with Angela Costello, UPEI Student Research Assistant. The interview will ask questions about your awareness and knowledge about Species at Risk on PEI and your perspective on their protection. The interview will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete, at a location and time that best suits you. Your participation will be anonymous. In other words, your personal identity will not be revealed. Those who participate in an interview will have the option of having their name included in a draw for a $100 gift card from an agricultural supply store of their choice.

These interviews would take place from December 2019 – March 2020.

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact, Angela Costello, acostello@upei.ca OR would like more information about the study, please contact Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown, 902-620-5066 or hcpbrown@upei.ca.