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SaskFlax becomes newest organization to join Grain Growers of Canada

SaskFlax becomes newest organization to join Grain Growers of Canada

Saskatchewan produces the most flax in Canada

By Diego Flammini
News Reporter

A Saskatchewan-based farm organization has become the 13th member of Grain Growers of Canada (GGC).

The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax), which represents the province’s flax farmers, joins 12 other GGC members, including Alberta Pulse Growers and Manitoba Corn Growers Association.

Becoming a member of GGC allows flax farmers to have a voice in Ottawa, according to Wayne Thompson, executive director of SaskFlax.

“We want to be part of the national discussions on agriculture,” he told today. “Grain Growers of Canada provides one of those avenues to have discussions with the federal government.”

Saskatchewan flax production is estimated to be down this year compared to last year, according to Stats Canada.

The province’s flax farmers are expected to produce about 404,000 metric tons of flax in 2017, which is down from 473,000 metric tons the year before.

But despite the lower production, Saskatchewan still produces about 81 per cent of Canada’s flax. The crop is mostly exported to China, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

SaskFlax believes its GGC membership can help expand crop trade and development, Thompson said.

“We are a commodity that exports a significant amount of its production, so we always need to look at trade issues,” he said. “We need to do more agronomy research and market development research as well. GGC can help us deliver those messages to the federal government.”

And GGC is happy to have SaskFlax as its newest member because the organization helps represent the range of Canada’s grain operations.

“We are excited to add this important voice around our table and further represent the true diversity of the grain industry in Ottawa,” Jeff Nielsen, president of GGC, said in a statement today.

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