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Prairie Clean Energy Is Looking To Buy Flax Straw

There may be a solution for what to do with flax straw other than burning it that could make prairie farmers money.
 
Prairie Clean Energy, a Saskatchewan based company, is processing and selling flax straw for biomass fuel to Canadian and global customers.
 
CEO Mark Cooper says there is a world shortage of wood fibre used to make biomass fuel and almost 670,000 tonnes of flax straw that gets burned or trashed on our prairies every year.
 
"Flax straw actually burns at higher BTUs per pound than wood fibre, making it a natural alternative to wood, and most importantly, something Saskatchewan flax farmers can make money from."
 
PCE held it's first town hall meeting Monday in Humboldt to fill producers in on the program and contracts. 
 
Cooper says they had a number of producers signing up and had lots of requests for information.
 
Tuesday's Town Hall meeting is set for Weyburn, 2-2:30 at McKenna Hall, Wednesday in Yorkton, and Thursday in Regina.
 
Trevor Thomas, founder of the company says the plan is to buy baled flax straw by the tonne from producers and if they can’t bale it, we’ll come out and bale it for them.
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