Québec Maple Syrup Producers Giving Financial Support to New Producers in Honour of Past President
Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) is proud to announce its first-ever scholarship for new maple producers. The organization has created the Bourse Serge Beaulieu pour la relève acéricole du Québec in honour of recently retired president Serge Beaulieu, whose values of hard work and commitment to the cause of collective marketing deserve everlasting respect.
The $2,500 award will be given once a year to a maple enterprise that has been in operation for less than 5 years, that is owned by a person less than 40 years of age, and has earned a diploma in maple production, management, or related field.
Maple production has been a growth sector in Québec for many years, contributing to the economic growth of the province and entire country. In the past year alone, QMSP has welcomed 1,200 new producers, helping to account for the equivalent of 12,583 full-time jobs, providing $1 Billion to GDP, and tax revenues of $235 Million.
“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,” said succeeding president Luc Goulet.
This award is offered in collaboration with the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec (FRAQ). Association president Julie Bissonnette said in a statement, “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,”
Interested parties will find more information and the application form at ppaq.ca/bourse. The winner of the first recipient will be announced at QMSP’s semi-annual meeting in November 2023.
About Québec Maple Syrup Producers and the Érable du Québec Brand
Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) represents the interests of 13,300 women and men and more than 8,000 enterprises that produce maple syrup. Québec provides an average 72% of the world’s maple syrup supply, exporting it to more than 70 countries.
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