Farmers make more profit if they produce high quality food, ag group says

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Farming on Prince Edward Island.

Market trends show farmers make more profit if they produce high quality food in a sustainable manner, says the chair of an agriculture group.

AgriAlliance has released a five-year plan they call the Innovation Roadmap. It will be the centerpiece of the Agri-Insight Prince Edward Island Conference in Charlottetown on Feb. 19. The plan outlines how P.E.I. needs to develop a more profitable agricultural sector, highlighting six areas to improve.

The ultimate goal of the Roadmap is to improve the bottom line for farmers, said Tyson MacInnis, chief operating officer for the AgriAlliance.

“But with our relatively small scale on P.E.I., we can only be profitable where we can achieve competitive advantage in the marketplace through innovation and cooperation.”

MacInnis said they are looking forward to putting the Roadmap into action.

“We will need broad industry ownership to make this plan a reality and create a positive impact for the future of agriculture and agri-food industry in this province.”

P.E.I.’s small size means it takes clever thinking to stay competitive, said Allan Ling, chair of the AgriAlliance.

“Global supply and demand trends point to better returns for farmers and food processors who can produce high quality food sustainably.”

“But with our relatively small scale on P.E.I., we can only be profitable where we can achieve competitive advantage in the marketplace through innovation and cooperation,” Tyson MacInnis, chief operating officer for the AgriAlliance

Increases in farm cash receipts and the upcoming introduction of HST are good news for farmers, but AgriAlliance needs to do more, said John Jamieson, executive director of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.

“We look forward to working together to implement the ambitious targets set out in the Roadmap.”

The P.E.I. AgriAlliance is a not-for-profit organization formed as a recommendation of the 2009 Commission on the Future of Agriculture and Agri-Food In PEI. It serves to facilitate the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to build the agriculture and agri-food economy of Prince Edward Island.


The pulic can view the Roadmap on AgriAlliances’ website at

Organizations: P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, Commission on the Future of Agriculture

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Agri, Charlottetown

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  • bruce
    February 18, 2013 - 22:45

    i think that the farming business should be totally on it's own. If those who are in the farming industry expect to survive they have to become independent and not expect the taxpayers to keep funding their operation. I could go on with a list of examples but on that comes to mind is farm crop insurance .Why should the taxpayers on PEI have to fund any of this. I believe that most small businesses on PEI don't have any insurance that would be as generous as this type of insurance. The liability that this insurance has the taxpayers paying for is insane and has to stop.

  • irishnannie
    February 18, 2013 - 20:19

    Having read the "Roadmap" of AgriAlliance I find it disheartening to hear Mr. Jamieson say they need to do more. The people who make up the AgriAlliance board are a well rounded group of individuals each respected in their own fields. The Roadmap they have released seems to be a forward thinking agenda . The goals may seem high but the road to what is right is usually not the easiest traveled, yet in the end the rewards speak for themselves.

    February 18, 2013 - 18:23

    Sounds to me as an excuse to raise the prices even higher. For example here on the Island milk cost more then gasoline. We have a product that is replenished daily yet we are being gouged. The same goes for eggs. We have people always crying for us to buy local but who can afford to. When you can buy 10 lbs of Grade A russet potatoes in Vancouver for $1.99 and we are paying $4.99 for Grade B potatoes here something is drastically wrong. Also can someone please explain to me why the upcoming HST is such good news for the farmers. Is there something else we have not been told?

  • Garth Staples
    February 18, 2013 - 18:13

    The idea that quality helps sell is finally getting through to SOME Island farmers. Consumers are fed up with potatoes that are 'black' , bruised , smell and fall apart when cooked. You won't find that with Idaho potatoes marketed in US. Trust me. If we are to meet the food shortages in the coming years small farms with un-inspected products are not the answer.

  • bye the way
    February 18, 2013 - 17:43

    Thank you Tyson for all that high paid Gobbledygook (bureaucratese). You remind me of a Liberal Agriculture minister back in the 80's who was addressing a group of farmers about their last year crop of spuds....according to the paper he was reading from.... "15% of the last year crop were the solution is simple...just don't plant anymore Culls".

  • intobed
    February 18, 2013 - 16:36

    Bigger farms and more chemicals is just wrong. The way farming is done on PEI must change. Say not to greedy farmers. Say no to the PEI Federation of Agriculture. Also, please take the time to read this report.