Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Europe-Agriculture)

The E-U's agriculture minister says the Trump administration's protectionism approach means European food and drink companies are seeking new opportunities in Canada.

Phil Hogan is leading a trade mission of 60 European firms to Canada this week.

He says he's confident Parliament will ratify the comprehensive Canada-E-U free trade deal before the summer break.

But he says with Donald Trump in the White House, talks aimed at a similar deal with the Americans are currently on hold. (The Canadian Press)

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(Agriculture-Scholarships)

Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart has presented four agriculture scholarships to students across Saskatchewan.

Amanda Mitchell of Bracken receives four thousand dollars toward agriculture-related post-secondary studies for her video describing her farm's role in wheat production from seeding to harvest and beyond.

Brayden Fraser of Churchbridge, Rachel Enns of Osler and Dena Lamb of Regina have each received runner-up scholarships of two thousand dollars.

Stewart says these young people are the future of farming and their enthusiasm for agriculture is inspiring. (CKRM)

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(Vermont-Maple)

With the U.S. maple syrup season wrapping up, Vermont producers are expecting yields approaching last year's record even after they contended with fluctuating weather.

Vermont is the leading maple syrup state in the U-S, producing a record 1.9 million gallons of syrup last year.

This season's official tally from the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn't come out until June.

But Vermont maple specialist Henry Marckres says producers who tapped early to take advantage of unusual warmups during January and February had an average season. He says overall production in the state was strong because of an increase in the number of taps. …

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