Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(PEI-Pollination)

P-E-I is launching a new agriculture program that will help expand the Island's bee population and increase pollination.

The province says the Pollination Expansion Program will help with the purchase of new hives to expand the honey bee sector and provide resources and information for those who want to become beekeepers.

Officials say P-E-I's lowbush blueberry sector and other fruit crops like apples require increased pollination.

The province is also hiring a new apiarist and berry crop development officer, Cameron Menzies, who is expected to lead the program starting this month. (The Canadian Press)

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(Que-Peat-Moss-Investment)

The Quebec government is chipping in 2.5-million dollars for a massive expansion plan for Les Tourbieres Berger, a peat moss company in the Lower Saint-Lawrence specializing in the making of horticultural mixtures.

The company is investing 23.5-million over three years to increase its research and development capacity with a new test greenhouse and modern equipment.

It also wants to boost production of the plant through the investment -- which will create 55 new jobs and consolidate 293 others.

Berger began operations in 1963 and in addition to its headquarters in Saint-Modeste, Quebec, it has 12 peatlands and eight factories in North America, including Quebec, New Brunswick and Manitoba. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Agriculture-Replant)

The British Columbia government says the province's tree-fruit replant program has been so popular that it has received an additional 300-thousand dollars in funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

The additional cash will allow more growers to replace fruit trees with new, high-value and high-quality trees, such as Ambrosia and Honeycrisp apples, or late-season cherries.

Word of the extra funding comes as B-C Agriculture Minister Lana Popham wraps up a two-day visit to Kelowna to discuss improvements to agriculture, as well as programs to ensure B-C continues to have secure farmland and secure farmers.

British Columbia is Canada's largest fruit producer, harvesting over 296-thousand tonnes of fruit valued at just under 400-million dollars in 2016. (The Canadian Press)

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(Mba-Beef-TPP)

Manitoba Beef Producers are applauding the federal government for joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The group says the deal will allow Canada to capture a larger portion of the Japanese market for beef.

It says prior to the deal, Australia enjoyed a preferential tariff rate in Japan, while Canada, New Zealand and the U-S all faced higher fees.

Once the trade deal is implemented, the group says Canada will enjoy the same rate as Australia. (The Canadian Press)

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(Beef-Carbon-Pricing)

A study out of Ontario's Western University suggests that carbon pricing will hurt the competitiveness of Canada's beef sector, specifically the cow-calf and feedlot sectors. …

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