By Fadi Didi
The Canadian Honey Council has been urging the federal government to ramp up its efforts to inspect imported honey.
Council chair Kevin Nixon says imported, adulterated honey is having a large, negative effect on Canadian producers.
Nixon would like to see the Canadian Food Inspection Agency invest in nuclear magnetic resonance testing, which can detect the sweetener's composition and place of origin, and create a profile of domestic honey to compare imports against.
The C-F-I-A uses isotope ratio technique to test, but Nixon argues that people diluting honey have learned how to beat those types of inspection methods.
The National Farmers Union says it rejects a resolution passed by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities that calls for more legal rights for people to protect themselves and their property.
The group says the resolution reveals what the group calls a dangerous undercurrent of fear and aggression in rural Saskatchewan.
Youth adviser Christopher Sanford Beck says the focus must be on building relationships between rural neighbours -- both indigenous and non-indigenous.
Group president Ray Orb said this week the resolution was not directed at anyone in particular, but was more about a rise in the number of break-ins and thefts in rural and urban areas.
The federal government is committing more than 1.8 million dollars to 75 small-to-medium size food businesses to promote their products and develop their export markets abroad.
The money will help them undertake overseas missions, attend key food-related trade shows and other marketing activities.
In Quebec, more than 390-thousand dollars was committed to 16 small-to-medium sized businesses.
That includes 44 thousand dollars in support for Trans-Herbe Incorporated to help increase export sales through outgoing missions, attending trade shows and developing promotional products.
President Donald Trump's new trillion-dollar budget aims to increase spending on the military while cutting several agricultural initiatives.
Trump says it's imperative to take on the Islamic State group and others in a dangerous world.
The proposed budget would close numerous county offices that help farmers and rural residents navigate farm subsidy and rural development programs. Rural development and water projects would also bear cuts.
In all, the Agriculture Department would be facing a 21 per cent funding cut.