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The Flax Council of Canada is seeking new members and is bouncing back from a period of inactivity.

Flax Council of Canada seeks new members

After closing its doors three years ago the council is making a comeback

[UPDATED: June 1, 2021] A reinvigorated Flax Council of Canada (FCC) is looking for new members as it focuses on market access issues, says its new CEO Wayne Thompson. “We’ve got a lot of players in the flax industry that haven’t been part of the Flax Council of Canada before,” Thompson said in an interview


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More flax expected in 2021

More acres predicted, but how many more?

MarketsFarm — Flax prices in Western Canada have remained strong and are down little off their recent highs, according to Scott Shiels of Grain Millers Canada Corp. at Yorkton, Sask. Shiels believes those good prices will lead producers to plant more acres of flax this spring — but not the 22 per cent hike to


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Canadian flax prices, exports going up

MarketsFarm — High demand and an accompanying increase in overseas exports have resulted in reduced domestic supply for Canadian flaxseed, helping drive prices for the crop to highs unseen in years. Marlene Boersch, owner of Mercantile Consulting Venture in Winnipeg, said the amount of flax from Canada going to the U.S. and European Union is


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Flax facing tightening supplies

MarketsFarm — Solid export demand has pushed Canadian flax prices up sharply over the past month, with the market working to ration demand amid expectations for tightening supplies. The flax market in general is “just gone crazy. We’re up 50 per cent since the start of harvest,” Scott Shiels of Grain Millers Canada at Yorkton,

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Producer deliveries spike in June

MarketsFarm — Grain deliveries in Canada increased 48.5 per cent from May to June, according to Statistics Canada in a report released today. The report, Producer Deliveries of Major Grains, showed more than 5.16 million tonnes of all grains were delivered by producers in June, compared to the approximately 3.54 million tonnes in May. It’s

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Merged Manitoba crop groups qualify for checkoffs

Manitoba Crop Alliance also names top brass

The new unit formed from the merger of five Manitoba crop commodity organizations is set to begin collecting checkoffs for its founding groups’ crops, starting Aug. 1. The Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) announced Monday it now has its designation under the provincial Agricultural Producers’ Organization Funding Act. The designation allows the new organization to collect


An orange-ish hue is “a clue something is going on” with otherwise fine-looking spring-harvested canola, a CGC researcher says.

CGC wants samples of spring-harvested canola and flax

Just like the fall harvest sample program, farmers will get a grade and quality information in return

Farmers are being asked to submit samples of spring-harvested canola and flax to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for research it’s doing that could help farmers and processors. “Farmers who participate in this project will receive a detailed report (for free) on the quality of their spring-harvested crop, which they can use to make informed