November 6, 2017

Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission joins Grain Growers of Canada

November 6, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Grain Growers of Canada, the national voice of grain farmers, is pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax) is GGC’s newest member.

The addition of SaskFlax brings GGC’s membership to 13 regional and national grain groups. SaskFlax will be represented on the GGC Board of Directors by Shane Stokke, flax farmer from Watrous, SK and Chair of SaskFlax.

“Canada is a leading global producer of flax, the majority of which is grown in Saskatchewan and destined for the export market,” said Jeff Nielsen, GGC President. “We are excited to add this important voice around our table and further represent the true diversity of the grain industry in Ottawa.”

Canada produces 40 per cent of the world’s flax with annual exports valued at $150-180 million. With the 2017 Federal Budget seeking annual agriculture and agri-food exports of $75 billion by 2025 it is crucial that flax growers have a strong voice in Ottawa to ensure that their products play a role in meeting that goal. Flax is increasingly being recognized globally and here at home for its excellent nutritional value, creating more demand for Canada’s top-quality products.

“SaskFlax is pleased to become a member of GGC,” said Mr. Stokke. “GGC is an important voice for advocating for grain farmers and will help bring the flax voice to Ottawa.”

The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 13 provincial and regional grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

Media Contact:
Lindsey Ehman
Manager, Communications & Stakeholder relations
Grain Growers of Canada
(o): 613-233-9954 ext. 202
(c): 613-222-2726

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