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Agriculture Report

A Beekeeping Sting Operation

By Fadi Didi

Montana beekeeper recovered hives stolen from him thanks to an agricultural sting operation.


A Montana beekeeper has recovered hives that were stolen from him in California, thanks to an agricultural sting operation.

Lloyd Cunniff of Choteau reported 488 hives stolen in January, after he had transported them to California for the almond pollination season.

A tip led Fresno County authorities to find stolen hives in a rented bee nursery space, as well as in a cow pasture and hidden in a drainage along a freeway.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Cunniff says he is keeping the recovered hives in a separate field in case they are infected with disease or mites.


Longueuil police say they've arrested a man after 12,000 litres of liquid manure was sprayed outside the office of Quebec's professional farmers' union.

A 66-year-old man from Henryville, south of Montreal, was arrested and taken to hospital for an evaluation.

Police say he could face a mischief charge.

According to police, a tractor pulling a tank of the semi-liquid manure sprayed the substance in the parking lot of the Union about 6:30 Monday morning.

Patrice Juneau, a spokesman for the union, says the suspect is a dairy farmer who is facing financial difficulties and they don't wish to file a complaint against him.


A Toronto chef who helped prepare a Quebecois-themed meal in a Pittsburgh restaurant where horse meat was on the menu thinks the angry reaction has been blown out of proportion.

Scott Vivian was asked to contribute to the event, which served horse tartare.

Vivian owns the "Restaurant Beast" in Toronto, says the horse meat came from a Canadian farm that raises the animals sustainably for human consumption.

He says the 70 or so guests at the dinner loved it.

But when photos of the meal were posted online, horse welfare advocate Joy Braunstein expressed outrage at the menu.

Horse meat is served in Canada and other countries.


The Flax Council of Canada has some advice for farmers looking to grow flax this year.

The organization is strongly encouraging producers to test farm saved seed prior to planting to maintain the integrity of the seed supply.

It says flax producers were instrumental in the elimination of Triffid from the system, but it's critical that growers continue to use a known source of Triffid-free seed.

The group is also reminding farmers that most new flax varieties are protected by Plant Breeders Rights, which means they can only be sold by an authorized retailer.


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