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Agriculture Report

Felony Charges in Bee Case

By Al Parrish

Two California men charged with a string of felony counts.


Two California men have been charged with a string of felony counts stemming from a criminal case that created a buzz among beekeepers across the country.

The Fresno County District Attorney's Office says the men charged with possessing more than 12-hundred stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jail if convicted.

Investigators have said the beehives had been stolen during the night over more than two years from orchards in several California counties.

The victims were beekeepers as far away as Missouri, Montana and North Dakota.


The son of a Nigerian farm labourer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is this year's World Food Prize winner.

The president of African Development Bank, says the future of global food security relies on making farming in Africa a profitable business to help move farmers out of poverty.

An official announcement for the $250,000 World Food Prize was held yesterday (Mon.) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington.

The prize was created in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved food quality and availability.


Pork industry representatives delivered a dire message to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food about the devastating impact the P-E-D virus could have on the Canadian economy.

Manitoba Pork says western Canada has remained relatively PED-free due to the heightened biosecurity measures that were immediately put in place since the first case in Manitoba in January 2014.

But it says the decision to relax the washing protocol for hog trucks returning from the U-S is a strong factor in the return of the disease to Manitoba.

Manitoba Pork says the industry group urged the Standing Committee to order the emergency protocol reinstated immediately.


A massive fire has destroyed the main office and store of Eyking Farms, resulting in substantial damage to their hydroponic greenhouses.

It took firefighters about eight hours to put out the blaze.

The Nova Scotia business is carrying on operations, serving customers throughout the Atlantic provinces and the Caribbean.

No one was injured.

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