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QMSP bursary for young tappers honours local sugar producer

In March 2023, the Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) announced their first ever scholarship for new maple producers in the province. The scholarship is called the “Bourse Serge Beaulieu pour la relève acéricole du Québec” and has been founded in honour of Serge Beaulieu, the former president of the QMSP who helmed the association for 14 years. He has been producing maple syrup from his Ormstown-based sugar bush for more than 33 years.

The $2,500 bursary is being funded in partnership with the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec (FRAQ). It will be given annually to a maple business that has been in operation for less than five years and is owned by someone younger than 40 years old who has a diploma in a discipline related to maple production.

Luc Goulet, the succeeding president, shared that “Serge Beaulieu stood up and came forward to stimulate the next generation of maple producers. We cannot overestimate the contributions of this man, who was our president for 14 years. He worked in our trade and mission for 33 years. We want to recognize him by dedicating an award to an idea that he held dearly to his heart.”

 

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers have created a scholarship for young producers in honour<br >of Serge Beaulieu who served as president of the association for 14 years PHOTO Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

 

Maple production in Quebec has been a growing industry for years and plays a big role in the economic development of Quebec and Canada as a whole. In the last year, 1,200 new producers have joined the QMSP, which created 12,583 full time jobs, 1 billion dollars to the GDP, and 235 million dollars in tax revenues. Quebec is responsible for about 70 per cent of the world’s maple syrup and exports to 70 countries.

FRAQ president Julie Bissonnette highlights the importance of this industry by saying, “Maple production is a key industry in Québec. More and more people want to be a part of it. This award can only help present and future generations to explore and advance an evolving sector of activity.” More information can be found at ppaq.ca/bourse. Applications must be completed between April 1 and June 30. The winner will be announced at the QMSP’s semi-annual meeting in November.

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