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Richardson International’s Jean-Marc Ruest says the company is willing to look at the canola council’s revised priorities, but for Richardson to rejoin the council it must see the benefits justify the cost.

Will Richardson International rejoin the Canola Council?

Jean-Marc Ruest says it all boils down to whether the benefits of membership outweigh the membership fee

Whether Richardson International will rejoin the Canola Council of Canada in the wake of a major review of funding and priorities is still uncertain. When interviewed last week Jean-Marc Ruest, the company’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs, didn’t rule it out but also didn’t leave the impression Canada’s biggest grain company is champing at the

Market access and boosting canola production remain top priorities, says the Canola Council of Canada

Canola council’s new priorities aim to be more efficient, effective

Changes are coming to promotion, agronomy and funding

The Canola Council of Canada has slashed its budget by 40 per cent for the upcoming year. The organization is revamping its priorities to be more effective and efficient in growing Canadian canola markets and production. The changes, which include a shift in canola promotion, the council’s role in agronomy and funding, received unanimous support


Flax Council of Canada joins up with Canola Council

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – The Flax Council of Canada has announced a new operating structure; restructuring its board and joining forces with the Canola Council of Canada. The move comes six months after the council shuttered its Winnipeg office and reduced its services. “It’s clear that Canadian flax has tremendous potential, both on the

Comment: A method to its madness

There’s more to Richardson’s canola council withdrawal than meets the eye

Canola is a Canadian success story and there’s no disputing the Canola Council of Canada’s role in making it so. That’s why when Richardson International, Canada’s largest grain company, didn’t renew its council membership in 2018, there was shock, disappointment, concern and even anger. Why would Richardson suddenly pull out of an organization with a

Six tips for better flax agronomy

For years, flax has been the ugly stepsister to Cinderella crops such as canola. But with the right agronomy and new varieties, flax might be the belle of the ball. The long-term Canadian average yield for flax is roughly 21 bushels per acre, said Rachel Evans, agronomist for the Flax Council of Canada. Improving flax


Editorial: Divided we fall

A metaphorical bombshell exploded this week over the corner of Portage and Main, the historic heart of Canada’s grain trade. Richardson International, Winnipeg’s largest homegrown grain trader, is pulling its financial support out of the Canola Council of Canada, Soy Canada and the Flax Council of Canada. As a result, the flax council has already

Flax Council of Canada clarifies its transition

The council will close its physical office Jan. 31 and the Manitoba 
Flax Growers Association, which shares the facility, is leaving it too

The Flax Council of Canada will continue operating with a part-time administrator after closing its office in downtown Winnipeg Jan. 31, council president Brian Johnson said in an interview Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, which shares that office in the old Grain Exchange Building, will also leave at the end of this

Flax Council of Canada to shut office

The national promotional agency for Canada’s flax industry plans to move forward without a bricks-and-mortar office starting next month. The Flax Council of Canada announced Monday its downtown Winnipeg office, which it shares with the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, will close effective Jan. 31. Going forward, the council said it will “continue to operate on


Rachel Evans showcases flax plots at the Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization site near Melita July 25.

Flax agronomy in spotlight

Flax agronomy trials were one stop at WADO’s annual field day July 25

Flax has become a rarer sight in Manitoba — covering only 85,000 acres last year, down from 125,000 in 2015 — but Rachel Evans, extension agronomist with the Flax Council of Canada, hopes more agronomic knowledge will help reverse that trend. Flax Council of Canada agronomy trials are now in their third year at sites

An early pasmo symptom is brown lesions on flax leaves.

Pasmo in flax every year, but severity varies

That makes decisions about applying a fungicide to protect the crop challenging sometimes

If you grow flax in Manitoba, it will have pasmo. The fungal disease, also known as Septoria linicola, can be found in every western Canadian flax field, every year. But the severity varies, making it tricky for farmers to decide whether to apply a fungicide, says Rachel Evans, the Flax Council of Canada’s extension agronomist.