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2006 Flax Production Opportunities Highlighted


AMES, Iowa - Producers interested in organic flax production and marketing opportunities for 2006 are invited to attend one of a series of informational meetings located throughout Iowa on Jan. 24, 26, 31 and Feb. 2. The meetings are sponsored by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, the Iowa Alliance for Cooperative Business Development and Practical Farmers of Iowa.


"Demand in the United States is increasing for flax, for both human consumption and animal feed. While flax has been used in human nutrition for approximately 5,000 years, seed flax has recently developed into an attractive high-nutrition crop due to being rich in dietary fiber, very high in essential fatty acids and high in vitamins and minerals," said Margaret Smith, ISU Extension value-added agriculture specialist.


Meeting topics include flax marketing opportunities in Iowa for 2006, flax production techniques in Iowa, 2005 agronomic research results, flax and farm program requirements and the economics of organic flax production.


"We encourage producers interested in diversifying crop acres or trying something different to attend one of these meetings and learn more about flax production opportunities," Smith said.


All meetings are from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  Meeting locations are as follows:

Jan. 24 - US Bank Community Meeting Room, Vinton

Jan. 26 - Hotel Ottumwa, Ottumwa

Jan. 31 - Lakeshore Family Restaurant, Storm Lake

Feb. 2 - Midwest Opportunities Building, Turner Room, Corning.


Pre-registration is not required. Funding for the meetings is provided by the Bioeconomy Working Group of the Value-Chain Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture grant program of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Alliance for Cooperative Business Development.


For more information, contact Smith at Iowa State at (515) 294-0887 or mrgsmith@iastate.edu.



Contacts :

Margaret Smith,Value-Added Agriculture , (515) 294-0887, mrgsmith@iastate.edu

Christa Hartsook, AgMRC, (515) 294-4430, hartc@iastate.edu