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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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GROWING FIBRE INDUSTRY COULD MEAN ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR SASKATCHEWAN

From primary production, to a wide range of business activities, natural fibres and fibre products are a growing industry in Saskatchewan, and with the goal of providing North American consumers with unique, high quality merchandise, the economic potential for our province is huge.

This weekend, the industry will be on display.

As part of the Saskatchewan indemand 2007 event September 14-16 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Fibre indemand, Naturally! will showcase fibre from a number of different Saskatchewan sources, including sheep, alpaca, llama and flax.

"This event is the perfect chance for us to focus on home grown inputs, and home grown products," Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Wartman said. "We so often think of the end product, and forget about what goes in to making it. This event provides an opportunity to showcase the growing fibre industry."

A number of organizations will be represented in the Fibre indemand, Naturally! section of the event, including Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, Biolin Research Inc., Crop Fibres Canada, Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission. Several Saskatchewan retailers will also be on hand to showcase the wide range of fibre products that are already available to us in our own backyard.

"This conference is a great opportunity for Saskatchewan agricultural producers to really show off the quality product that we have right here in the province," Chair of the Fibre indemand, Naturally! organizing committee Ron Monette said. "From the field to the end product, everything related to fibre and fibre products will be here in Saskatoon."

In addition to trade booths and displays, interactive demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend, including a showcase of spinning and weaving, as well as a fibre fashion show and fibre competition. Information will also be available about fibre workshops and courses, fibre producers and fibre processors.

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For more information, contact:

Jenna Robertson
Agriculture and Foods
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2359
Email: jroberts@agr.gov.sk.ca

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