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1 12th Annual General Meeting
Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission 12th Annual General Meeting

2 2009 Annual General Meeting Agenda
Agenda Review/Adoption Minutes of the SFDC Annual General Meeting January 7, 2008 Reports Chair – Allen Kuhlmann Research – Bill Rusk Communication – Chris Hale Market Facilitation Food – Allen Kuhlmann Fiber – Dave Sefton Executive Director Election – Ron Rogal, Returning Officer

3 2009 Annual General Meeting Agenda Continued
Financial Reports As at July 31, 2008 – Merv Culham Appointment of Auditor – Gregor Beck Budget 2008/09 – Gregor Beck Year To Date – Gregor Beck Action Plan 2008/09 – Lyle Simonson Resolutions – Chris Hale/Bill Rusk Other Business – Allen Kuhlmann

4 Board of Directors Allen Kuhlmann, Chair Rouleau
Lyle Simonson, Vice-Chair Swift Current Chris Hale Rouleau Gregor Beck Rouleau Bill Rusk Nipawin Dave Sefton Broadview

5 Contract Staff & Advisors
Alvin Ulrich Fiber Specialist Gordon Rowland, U of S Merv Culham Chartered Accountant Linda Braun Executive Director Levy Central

6 Organizations Allen Sat On
The Prairie Recommending Committee for Oilseeds (PRCO) is responsible for the testing and evaluation of candidate cultivars of condiment mustard (Sinapis alba L., Brassica juncea Czern. and Coss. oriental and brown types) and flax (Linum usitatissimum L.), for registration in Canada. The mandate of the National Forum on Seed is "to facilitate broad consultation and consensus building on all proposals for seed policy or regulatory change."

7 Research Winter Nursery
Enhance Field Retting of Flax Straw with Low Cost Machinery

8 Communications Flax Days/Flax Grower Newsletters/Web Site
AgWest Bio/STEP Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan Canada Grains Council Prairie Grain Development Committee National Forum on Seed Western Grains Research Foundation Flax Council of Canada/Flax Canada 2015 AmeriFlax

9 Communications continued
62nd Flax Institute of the United States Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation Outstanding Young Farmers Canadian Western Agribition Flax Class Crops of the Parkland Conservation Learning Centre Other Saskatchewan Commodity Associations

10 Market Facilitation FOOD

11 Saskatchewan indemand & Supply Side West
September 14 to 16, 2007 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan indemand & Supply Side West November 6 to 8, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada

12 Market Facilitation Fiber

13 AEGP (Agri-Environmental Group Plan)
ABIP (Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program) NBAB (National Biofibers Advisory Board) FAO Conference (International Conference on Flax and Other Bast Plants) Flax Canada 2015

14 Maintain Registered Producer List
Coordinate Levy Collection/Rebate Process Budgets, Apply for Funds Execute Programs Encourage Industry Cooperation & Collaboration NBAB, ABIP, Flax Canada 2015 AEGP Effective Straw Management Workshop FAO Flax & Other Bast Plants Conference

15 Candidates Allen Kuhlmann David Sefton Erwin Hanley Gregor Beck

16 Motion: To accept the July 31, 2008 Audited Statements

17 Motion for Appointment of Auditor
I move that Merv Culham, Chartered Accountant of Regina be appointed as auditor for SFDC for the period August 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009.

18 Budget Summary 2008/09 Income Levy Levy Rebates Interest Grants
TOTAL REVENUE Expenses Administration Research Communication Market Facilitation Reserve Replenishment TOTAL EXPENSES $535,000 (28,000) 26,000   50,000 $598,000 $137,000 94,000 177,000  190,000 - - -

19 Administration Schedule
Executive Director Travel Administration Rent Levy Collection Board Meetings Director Per Diem Honorarium Professional Fees Bank Charges Insurance Electronic Support TOTAL ADMINISTRATION $60,700 2, 000 6,000 10,200 15,000 10,000 9,000 12,000 600 3,000 2,500 $137,000

20 Research Schedule Research Coordination Winter Nursery
Enhanced Field Retting of Straw with Low Cost Farm Machinery Phenotyping RILS Support for ADF Flax Projects Short Season Flax (ACAAF/Alberta/Viterra) CDC Quality Lab Support Flax Canada 2015 Breeding Strategy TOTAL RESEARCH $ 2,600 5,000 11,400 20,000 40,000 $94,000

21 Communications Schedule
Annual General Meeting Newsletter Scholarship Memberships/Subscriptions Building Partnerships Industry Liaison Web Site Election Flax Market Support TOTAL COMMUNICATIONS $14,200 30,000 5,000 2,000 10,000 50,000 13,000 42,800 $177,000

22 Market Facilitation Schedule
Food CAFI Cookbook Sask indemand Partnerships Resource Materials SFDC Fiber CAFI (ASTM/IECA) Crop Fibers Canada Crop Fibers Canada Fiber Centre Rental ABIP Partnerships/Shows Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission Flax Canada 2015 TOTAL MARKET FACILITATION $6,000 6,000 3,000 8,000 13,000 2,000 $38,000 $35,000 66,000 34,000 5,000 $150,000 $ 2,000 $190,000

23 Financial Summary to November 30, 2008
Income: Levy/Interest Grants/Conference Income TOTAL INCOME Expenses Administration Levy Collection/Coordination Levy Rebates Research Communications Market Facilitation TOTAL EXPENSES NET LOSS $147,283.07 $47,141.20 5,274.58 14,304.76 1,890.05 33,279.84 52,828.96 $154,719.39 ($7,436.32)

24 Actions Taken August 1 to December 31, 2008
Administration  Levy Period 2 rebate (flax sold February 1 to July 31, 2008)  2007/08 Financial Audit/Annual Report  Budget 2008/09 Board meetings November 7, December 9 and 10, 2008 Research  Final Report on Enhanced Fiber in Oilseed Flax accepted  SR & ED Credit Application in progress  Participation in the Genomics Flax Day December 8, 2008  Provided Letters of Support for the ADF Review Process

25 Actions Taken August 1 to December 31, 2008 Continued
Communications  Annual General Meeting/Flax Day “Sharpening That Competitive Edge”  Newsletter - September 2008 Volume 10 Number 1 Election Process  Partnerships CWA Grain/Forage Flax Outstanding Young Farmers Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation  Memberships Flax Council of Canada AgWest Bio STEP (Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership)  Web Site – continual updating (

26 Actions Taken August 1 to December 31, 2008 Continued
 Industry Liaison National Forum on Seed Conference Flax Council of Canada Board and AGM Ag Clearing Final Report Western Grains Research Foundation Meeting Canada Grains Council Annual General Meeting

27 Actions Taken August 1 to December 31, 2008 Continued
Market Facilitation Food “Everything Flax” cookbook Supply Side West SFDC/SMDC joint promotion at Saskatchewan indemand ACAAFS application Market Facilitation Fiber Fibre InDemand Trade Show Biofibe 08 Conference Watrous Flax Cooperative Project Presentations FAO Flax Bast 2008 Conference Final Report ABIP/NAFGEN participation. Sustainability project with NRC initiated  Flax Canada 205 – representation on the board

28 Actions Pending (January to July 2009)
Administration  Levy Period 1 Rebates (August 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009)  Board meetings, Regulations review  Funding submissions  Research  Flax Canada 2015 Breeding Strategy  Research project completion  Communications  Newsletter/web updates Industry Liaison – PGDC, FCC, WGRF 62nd Program Flax Institute Partnerships with Other Organizations & Allied Industries

29 Actions Pending (January to July 2009) Continued
Market Facilitation Food  Cookbook “Everything Flax” SaskFlax/Sask Mustard joint promotions Consumer Service & Promotions Resource Material Development Natural Health Products Expo West  Market Facilitation Fiber  ASTM Standards  Erosion Control Conference  ABIP/Green Network  Crop Fibers Canada Strategic Planning  Flax Canada 2015  Phase II Completion, Phase III Development

30 Director Remuneration Resolution
Whereas the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission is established as a development commission pursuant to section 5 of the Agri-Food Act: Whereas the Commission consists of a Board of Directors consisting of six registered producers elected in accordance with sections 18 to 20 of the Act. Whereas the remuneration to be paid to the members of the Commission is to be fixed by the registered producers at the annual meeting, and Whereas remuneration for previous fiscal years was $ (Chair) and $ (Directors). Be it resolved that the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission rates of remuneration for its Directors is established at current rates of $ (Chair) and $ (Directors) for the fiscal year 2008/2009.

31 Sulfentrazone Resolution
WHEREAS  Saskatchewan produces 80% of Canada’s flax crop; and Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of flax, and Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission represents more than 12,000 flax producers. AND WHEREAS  The weed kochia creates numerous harvest problems for Saskatchewan flax producers. Its later emergence means green competition at harvest time, particularly when straight cutting. Kochia causes problems of contamination in that it is extremely difficult to separate kochia seeds from flax and weed matter in flax straw for value-added processing.

32 Sulfentrazone Resolution Continued
AND WHEREAS  Sulfentrazone is a soil-applied Group 14 herbicide that requires rainfall for activation. Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission has supported several research projects on weed control in flax crops and this research, along with numerous other research results, have shown sulfentrazone to be highly effective in controlling kochia.

33 Sulfentrazone Resolution Continued
AND WHEREAS  Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has only approved the use of sulfentrazone on chickpeas in Saskatchewan due to concerns for the potential for groundwater contamination and rotated crop injury. Label expansion based on available research could address and alleviate these concerns. Current science indicates that there is low potential for unacceptable levels of sulfentrazone reaching groundwater when used according to label directions. Sulfentrazone has been registered in the US and other countries for more than 10 years without a single report of groundwater contamination or rotated crop injury when used as specified on the label.

34 Sulfentrazone Resolution Continued
Label mitigation could ensure that sulfentrazone use is restricted in potentially vulnerable areas, such as areas with coarse soil, low organic matter, and extreme pH ranges.  AND WHEREAS  For flax to continue to gain acreage and global marketplace share in all arenas, from food and feed to fiber and industrial uses, it must maintain quality. Saskatchewan producers need more tools to profitably produce quality Canadian flax. One of those tools is the utilization of sulfentrazone products to retain crop cleanliness and yields.

35 Sulfentrazone Resolution Continued
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT  The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission strongly supports expedient action by the Government of Canada to register the use of sulfentrazone products for flax production in Western Canada.

36 Thank You for Your Attendance

37 Flax Day 2009 Sharpening That Competitive Edge
11:00 a.m Weed Control & Regulation (Eric Johnson) 11:30 a.m. Working Together (Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture) Noon Lunch (Ballroom A) 1:15 p.m. Where & What Are the Markets & How to Access Them (Larry Weber) 2:15 p.m. Refreshments/Networking 2:45 p.m. Research Partnerships (Dorothy Murrell) 3:15 p.m. Provincial Specialists – How Can They Help? (Venkata Vakulabharanam) 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up

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