Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Honey Council Relations Turn Bitter

By Fadi Didi

The Ontario Beekeepers Association wants Alberta chairman of the Canadian Honey Council replaced.

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The Saskatchewan government is urging rail companies to be prepared to deal with a larger than average crop this year.

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the province has advised the federal government and the two major railways of a potential large crop to ensure that the transportation system is prepared to move it in a timely manner.

Stewart says if railways are serious about transporting grain they'll hire back more employees and get equipment out of storage to get the job done.

The province doesn't want to see a repeat of 2013-2014, when there was a rail bottleneck that left grain sitting in bins across the Prairies.


The head of the Earls restaurant chain has buried the hatchet with Canadian beef ranchers.

Mo Jessa was at an industry conference in Calgary yesterday and apologized for what he called his company's dumb strategy last spring to only buy beef raised in the United States.

He says the company won't make the same mistake again, a declaration met with applause from hundreds of beef industry conference delegates.

Alberta Beef Producers chair Bob Lowe, a fourth-generation cattle rancher and feedlot operator, says he accepts Jessa's apology.


The Ontario Beekeepers Association wants the Alberta chairman of the Canadian Honey Council replaced.

O-B-A President Tibor Szabo says they're upset with an article authored by Kevin Nixon in which he questions why the O-B-A continues to be a member of the honey council yet acts independent of the national group.

He also suggests the Ontario group seems to operate on ideological principles and actions which contradict the honey council.

Szabo says neonics are not the only bee health issue the industry faces but suggests it is the one they have the power to change through reasonable regulatory policy or legislation.


With farmers preparing to bring in this year's crop, they are being reminded to take part in the Canadian Grain Commission annual harvest sample survey.

Chief grain inspector Randy Dennis says farmers submit a sample in the specified envelope the commission provides, and in return they receive an unofficial grade as well as quality information on their sample.

Dennis says the wet weather and hail we've seen this year is expected to result in some down-grading, although he adds they won't know the full extent until they receive more harvest samples. 

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