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Flax on the agenda at CropSphere 2014

September 30, 2013 – CropSphere 2014 is the new home to SaskFlax’s annual general meeting and conference. SaskFlax has collaborated with pulse, canola, oats, wheat and barley on the CropSphere Program Committee to develop a comprehensive program package covering production issues, market outlooks; communication tools for your operation and finding human resources for the operation, as well as a session on consumers—who they are and what they think about your production methods and products.

The program is a series of keynotes and concurrent sessions. Sessions with specific flax content include:

  1. Rebooting the Flax Industry
    • Sourcing Re-Constituted and Certified Seed for 2014 – Todd Hyra, SeCan
    • To Test or Not to Test: The Latest on the Farm Stewardship Program – William Hill, Flax Council of Canada
  2. Flax Market Outlook – Chuck Penner, LeftField Commodities
  3. Growing Flax Profitability
    • Soil Matters – Ken Panchuk, Sask Ministry of Agriculture
    • BMPs Boost the Bottom Line – Venkata Vakulabharanam, Sask Ministry of Agriculture
  4. Moving Health Claims to Market: What’s in it for Producers? – Kelley Fitzpatrick, NutraTech Consultants


CropSphere general interest sessions of note for flax producers also include:

  • Integrated Weed Management and Herbicide Resistance
  • CFIA: Varietal Registration System Changes
  • Labelling Confusion, including GMO Labelling
  • Successful Marketing in China


To register or for more detail regarding the program, go to

For more information, contact:

Linda Braun, SaskFlax Executive Director
Tel. (306) 664-1901

About Event

CropSphere is hosted in partnership by SaskCanola, SaskFlax, Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission. The conference will feature concurrent breakout sessions that will provide the latest information around agronomy, business, markets, and policy, as well as keynote addresses on a variety of topics.

Early registration opens October 1, 2013. For more information visit

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