Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Maple Syrup Producers Meet


The annual meeting of Grey Bruce chapter of OMSPA is tomorrow.


Sweet thoughts of maple syrup will be on the minds of a number of people tomorrow.

The annual meeting of the local chapter of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association is being held at the Hanover Knights of Columbus Hall.

Jim Penner of the Saugeen Conservation Authority says in Grey Bruce -- there are about 26 producers.

And he claims the product that comes from local tree farms is really second to none.

Penner says the meeting will look at some of the new technology used to gather the syrup and package it.

Tomorrow's meeting will also include a presentation on the Best Practices Manual, which is a quality assurance program.


The federal government is providing 1.22 million dollars to boost sales of Canadian dairy genetics.

The investment will help the Canadian Livestock Genetics association target several international markets to expand exports of dairy cattle, embryo and semen.

Canadian dairy genetic exports reached 177.8 million dollars in 2008 -- representing an increase of 73 per cent over the previous year.


Police in Toronto believe they have caught the cattle fraudster.

Last month we reported a warning from the OPP about a man who was selling cattle to farmers and took their money -- but never delivered the cattle.

The OPP's Rural and Agricultural Crime Team arrested a 55 year old man in Toronto on Wednesday.

He is wanted by police in Edmonton, Windsor, and Durham Region.


A merger could be worth half a million dollars a year for 70 organic family farms in western Canada.

Regina-based Farmer Direct Co-op has joined U-S-based Organic Valley -- meaning stable prices and a secure market for grain products.

Organic Valley has 14-hundred members in 33 states with sales over half a billion dollars.


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