Tag: Flax Council of Canada

Flax Acres Are Up, But Could Be Even Higher

The number of flax acres in Western Canada will likely be up this year, but it’s looking like it might not be as high as many analysts and people in the flax industry were expecting. According to Statistics Canada’s planting intentions report released last month, farmers in Western Canada are planting 1.63 million acres of… Read more »

New Demand and Investment in Agronomic Research Drive Excitement Around Flax

The darkest days in the flax industry are in the past and the future is looking bright, according to the head of the Flax Council of Canada. There’s excitement surrounding flax, with new and more-diversified demand, stronger prices and a  renewed effort to improve agronomic aspects of flax production, says Don Kerr, the new president of the flax industry… Read more »

$3M for Flax Research Coming From Federal Government

The federal government has committed $3 million to the Flax Council of Canada for research in flax genetics and agronomics. Winnipeg MP Joyce Bateman announced the investment in Winnipeg this morning. “Creating new flax varieties and improving agronomics will increase producers’ profitability and allow processors and exporters to continue selling a high-quality product around the world,”… Read more »

Flax (Officially) Lowers Cholesterol — Why This is Great News for Farmers

Health Canada announced this week that products containing ground or milled flax may now sport a shiny new health claim on the label — that consuming milled or ground flax has been proven to lower levels of blood cholesterol. Elevated blood cholesterol levels have been identified as a major risk factor for developing heart disease…. Read more »