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Agriculture Report

Maple Syrup Monopoly Ruling

By Fadi Didi

Supreme Court has refused to hear two appeals from opponents of Quebec's maple syrup rules.


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The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear two appeals from opponents of Quebec's maple syrup rules and allowed the system which controls production in the province to continue.

Angele Grenier, a maple producer in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, has been fighting for years to sell her maple syrup to anyone she wants.

Grenier has accused Quebec's maple syrup federation of being a ``monopoly'' that could result in Quebec losing its 70 per cent market share to Ontario, New Brunswick and the U-S.

Paul Rouillard, acting director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, says it will now push to have the critics work within the system.

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Farmers have blocked highways and held protests in central India after five farmers were killed by gunshots at a rally.

The farmers have protested for several weeks demanding better prices for crops and waivers from the state government for repayment of farm loans.

Three successive years of drought have pushed farmers into poverty, and hundreds have killed themselves because they were unable to pay off debts.

Farmers at the rally said police fired shots to disperse the participants. Police have denied that.

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Bell M-T-S has announced a half million dollar contribution to the University of Manitoba to launch an Innovations in Agriculture program.

The aim is provide students with opportunities to develop technologies for application in agriculture and food services.

They could help improve the production of food resources through managing the location and performance of farm machinery, remote analysis of soil samples, field conditions, seeding rate and crop health, and monitoring of storage and processing operations.

Agricultural production represents an estimated five per cent of Manitoba's gross domestic product.

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Saskatchewan cattle farm numbers are down 12 per cent over the last five years and the livestock industry is taking some steps to change the trend.

Saskatchewan Cattlemens C-E-O Ryder Lee says is not surprised by the decline, pointing to years of farm consolidation in this province.

Stock Growers president Shane Jahnke says the census also shows the average age of farmers is rising and now is 55 years.

He says a mentorship program has been started to turn the numbers around.
 

 


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