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Chicken Farmers of Canada has new chair

Benoît Fontaine from Stanbridge Station, Que., is the new chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada.

Fontaine joined the board in 2013 and most recently served as the first vice-chair of the organization’s executive committee.

The former high school Canadian history teacher farms in the Lac Champlain area and raises chicken and turkeys.

Fontaine has also been involved in the Union des producteurs agricoles since 1999 and has served on CFC’s policy and production committee.

Federal government funds flax food research

The Flax Council of Canada received $135,000 in federal and Manitoba government funding to develop four flax-based food products that may help lower cholesterol.

The council also invested $54,000 in the project.

The funding helped create and test four foods made with ground flaxseed: a muffin, bread, smoothie mix and nutrition bar.

The work was done at the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie, Man., with a focus on using ingredients grown and made in Manitoba.

The creation of a flax muffin recipe with 13 grams of flax is the first product ready for consumers.

About 50,000 muffins will be served in the health region this year.

It is said to be an excellent source of energy, low in saturated fats and provides five grams of protein and four grams of fibre per muffin.

They are made at the Donut House in Winnipeg.

The recipe is available online at healthyflax.org.

Pulse growerselect directors

Brad Blackwell of Dinsmore, Jackie Carleton of Saskatoon and Lee Moats of Riceton have been elected for three-year terms to Saskatchewan Pulse Growers’ board of directors.

Blackwell operates a family farm that grows 8,000 acres of wheat, malting barley, flax and red lentils. Pulses account for 40 percent of their acres.

Carleton manages and operates a 4,000 acre farm with her husband. Peas and lentils account for one-third of their crop rotation.

Moats operates a farm with his wife and son. Lentils account for 33 percent of their cropping system, along with winter cereals and canola.

The new board members will assume responsibility following SPG’s annual general meeting at CropSphere Jan. 9 in Saskatoon.

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