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Robert Henderson, second from left, has been shuffled from health and wellness to agriculture and fisheries in P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s new cabinet. (

P.E.I. names new agriculture minister

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prince Edward Island’s minister of agriculture and fisheries has quit the post after announcing his decision not to seek re-election. Alan McIsaac, the MLA for Vernon River-Stratford since 2007 and the province’s ag minister since 2015, announced Wednesday he won’t run in the next provincial election, scheduled for October next year. “Given this, I feel […] Read more

Maritime potato harvest a pleasant surprise

Maritime potato harvest a pleasant surprise

Late-season rains gave the crop a lift, but access to irrigation remains a concern for Island growers

Reading Time: 4 minutes The 2016 harvest in the country’s largest potato-producing province proved to be a pleasant surprise. By mid-August, many growers in Prince Edward Island were starting to brace for a below-average harvest. A dry summer saw much of the crop, especially in the central part of the province, slow to size up and problems with both […] Read more

Sobeys now offers Island View beef as the “primary” beef brand in the 13 stores it supplies across Prince Edward Island. (CNW Group/Sobeys Atlantic)

Sobeys locks in Atlantic Beef for P.E.I. stores

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prince Edward Island’s long-beleaguered packing plant, Atlantic Beef Products, has now ramped up its slaughter and processing capacity to meet a new commitment from grocery chain Sobeys. The Nova Scotia-based grocery chain on Tuesday announced ABP’s Island View Farms is now the “primary” brand for beef sold at the five Sobeys, five Co-op and three […] Read more

Atlantic salmon is one of the major species grown in aquaculture. (Troutlodge, Inc. photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Canada says GMO salmon safe for consumption

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa | Reuters — Canada approved a type of genetically modified salmon for sale, health officials said on Thursday, the first such animal to be cleared as safe for consumption in the country. The salmon was approved in the U.S. to be farmed for human consumption last year but has since been a source of […] Read more

(Government of Prince Edward Island via Flickr)

P.E.I. brings provincial vet job in-house

Reading Time: 2 minutes Relying until now on the services of the Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island’s government has named a new in-house provincial veterinarian. The province on Tuesday named Dr. Carolyn Sanford to fill the post, in which she’ll oversee policy and regulatory issues related to animal health and welfare, including livestock and poultry as well as […] Read more

Alan McIsaac, shown here last month visiting Charlottetown’s St. Jean Elementary School in his role as minister of education and early childhood development, now leads a reorganized ministry of agriculture and fisheries. (Brian Simpson photo courtesy Government of P.E.I.)

P.E.I. farms and fisheries ministries merge

Reading Time: 2 minutes A reorganization of Prince Edward Island’s government departments will see agriculture split from forestry and instead paired with fisheries. Having returned to office in the May 4 election, Premier Wade MacLauchlan on Wednesday announced his new cabinet, appointing former education and transportation minister Alan McIsaac as minister of agriculture and fisheries. As the agriculture and […] Read more

P.E.I.’s Province House. (

P.E.I. Liberals in need of ag minister after win

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wade MacLauchlan’s Liberals scored another majority in the Prince Edward Island legislature in Monday’s election, but will need to find a new agriculture minister. George Webster — who’d held the post from 2009 until Monday, stepping down temporarily in 2009 to recover from a mild heart attack — opted not to run again in his riding […] Read more

Veterinarian and P.E.I. ag minister Bud Ings, 89

Reading Time: 2 minutes Memorial services were held Friday in Montague, P.E.I. for Dr. Bud Ings, a “pioneer” of veterinary medicine who served as the province’s agriculture minister in the 1970s and later supported the development of the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). Ings, who died last Friday at Montague’s Kings County Memorial Hospital at age 89, “worked tirelessly to […] Read more

New conditions placed on P.E.I. potato exports to U.S.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Potato wart’s appearance in another Prince Edward Island potato field in August has led to a new round of rules for the province’s potato exports to the U.S. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Monday announced new requirements effective “immediately” for such exports, citing the detection of potato wart in 23 fields in the […] Read more