Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Maple Syrup Season


First maple sap tapping ceremony being held on Saturday.


More and more people are getting into the Maple Syrup business.

The Grey Bruce chapter of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association has 30 registered farms -- and about 30 thousand taps.

President Nick Bereznick tells us that number grows across Ontario.

The Grey Bruce chapter is kicking off the maple syrup season tomorrow morning.

There is the first maple sap tapping ceremony at 10 o'clock at Miners Maple Products just outside of Kemble.


The federal government is spending money in Quebec to help the maple syrup industry.

The funding will be used to study the feasibility of using radio frequency identification chips to track maple syrup barrels.

The idea is to better store and monitor syrup quality.


Good news for wine farms -- a new study by Vinexpo says Canadians are drinking more of the grape based beverage.

The study says in 2009 Canadians drank 40 million cases of wine -- mostly red.


And a researcher says hoarding is driving up the price of food commodities.

Chuck Penner -- the President of LeftField Commodity Research -- says many countries have been grabbing on to supplies of wheat, rice and feedgrains.

He says North African countries tend to be larger buyers in wheat and barley markets while China is ramping up soybean imports.

But Penner says market prices will tip once the warehouses in these countries get full.



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