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Anderson Group Wins Top Honors
Launched in 1981 by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ), Les Mercuriades is one of the most prestigious business competition in Quebec. Every year, it celebrates innovation, ambition, entrepreneurship and the performance of local businesses, both in small and large companies. Winners in at least one of the contest categories are also eligible for the “Enterprise of the Year” award. This is awarded to the company which has distinguished itself by the overall excellence of its performances or by an exceptionally meritorious success. The winners of the 2017 Mercuriades contest were unveiled at the gala evening, which was held at the Palais des Congrès. Groupe Anderson won both the award in the Innovative Manufacturer category and also the highest honors of Enterprise of the Year.

Massachusetts Farmers Set To Bring Livestock To Boston Common, Discuss Ag Bills
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members are set to take their livestock to the Boston Common on June 6 to discuss H.B. 441, an act to promote the care and well-being of livestock and H.B. 3323/S.B. 1584, an act to establish estate tax valuation for farms. During the event, which is known as Livestock on the Common, the public will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with farm-raised livestock, including lambs, goats and cows. In addition, the event will be used to raise awareness about agricultural policy, such as H.B. 441, which would create a livestock care and standards board in Massachusetts made up of farmers, local humane organizations, vet organizations and relevant state agencies. When put into place, this panel will be tasked with coming to consensus on issues related to livestock care.