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Manitoba Flax Growers to Join Commodities “Hub” in Carman

Winnipeg, MB – February 12 – The Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA) is pleased to announce that it will be moving to Carman, Man., where Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) will administer its operations and programming, effective March 1, 2018.

The relocation follows the recent closure of the Flax Council of Canada’s Winnipeg office, where MFGA operations were being run.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for us to continue to provide good service to members and create operational efficiencies to ensure best use of our financial resources,” says MFGA Chair Eric Fridfinnson. “We want to thank Francois Labelle, his staff and the Board of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers for providing this opportunity. We look forward to working with them in this new arrangement.”

“We also want to thank Monika Haley, who has administered our organization for the past several years. She has done a tremendous job for us, and we wish her the best in her new endeavours. As MFGA faces declining acres, this arrangement offers us a great opportunity to join the “hub” of commodity groups already in Carman.”

The addition of MFGA to the Carman office which currently houses four other commodity groups is a seamless and logical move and is unrelated to the amalgamation MFGA, MPSG, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Corn Growers and the National Sunflower Association of Canada are currently exploring.

“We assessed MFGA’s needs, and with MPSG hiring Financial Manager Melissa DenysRoulette, we felt we could handle the additional workload on a cost recovery basis without any major increase in staffing,” says MPSG Executive Director Francois Labelle. “We have also been working on improving some of the reporting functions such as check-off collection, which will decrease data-inputting demands and be more efficient.”

For more information, please contact:

Eric Fridfinnson
Chair
Manitoba Flax Growers Association
204.642.2074
efridfin@lakenet.ca

Toban Dyck
Director of Communications
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers
204.227.8875
Toban@manitobapulse.ca

Francois Labelle
Executive Director
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers
204.745.6488
Francois@manitobapulse.ca

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