MFGA update and AGM report and recap
Firstly, thank you to those producers that made the trip to attend the MFGA annual meeting in Brandon. We had a very full agenda, with interesting speakers, that brought us all up to date on what is new in Manitoba’s flax industry. (Be sure to check out reports and supporting documents below!) The staff at the Canad Inn were helpful, provided a good meal, and worked to organize a fine event. We decided to meet in Brandon, in conjunction with Ag Days, thinking it would be convenient for farmers that planned to attend that event. We have struggled with attendance levels at our annual meeting for several years, and hoped this would be more successful. We also used print, radio, and electronic communication to promote the meeting. Attendance was still a bit disappointing, so we plan to try a different approach for next year. We are in discussions with other commodity groups to create a new multi-commodity forum that would attract more interest and save time for those producers who could attend one larger event instead of several smaller ones. We hope to provide high profile speakers and to create a premium Manitoba event that will be of interest and value to Manitoba farmers.
There are many exciting things happening in the flax industry in 2013. Markets are very strong for flax. The Europeans have renewed interest and we have excellent markets in North America, China, and many other countries as well. The health benefits of consuming flax continue to be more widely recognized, and are really driving a lot of this market growth (Be sure to read Grant Pierce’s work – “The Facts About Flax”).
The Flax Council of Canada is in the process of organizing the largest flax agronomy program ever, and we have crop protection companies like BASF and FMC expressing interest in supplying new production technology for flax producers.
It is an exciting time to be involved in this industry and a great time to grow some flax!