In Quebec, the collective marketing of agricultural products, which includes maple syrup, is the result of a long and painstaking process dating back nearly a century. Here are some of the milestones in that history.
Founding of the Catholic farmer’s union (UCC), which became the UPA (Union des producteurs agricoles) in 1972
Adoption of the Farm Products Marketing Act by the National Assembly
Founding of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
Adoption of the joint plan by Quebec maple syrup producers (84% of maple syrup producers in favour)
Establishment of a maple syrup sales agency (voted unanimously by delegates)
Establishment of the Policy with respect to production and marketing quotas (voted unanimously by delegates)
Purchase of a first storage facility in Saint-Antoine de Tilly as part of a strategic maple syrup reserve management plan