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*News Release, For immediate release* Harper Government Invests to Improve the Competitiveness of Canadian Flaxseed

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 11.24.59 AMOctober 16, 2014 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Member of Parliament Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of $3 million to the Flax Council of Canada to improve the genetic performance and agronomics of flax, an important oilseed crop for Canadian producers and processors.

This investment will support the continued research and development of new flax varieties through the use of the Rapid Development Trait System, a regulated non-genetically modified conversion system which can produce new traits in flax. In addition, agronomic best management practices will be developed to help farmers achieve higher yields of flax.

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Media Release – October 16, 214

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