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Partnerships drive success in Saskatchewan lentil industry


REGINA, SK, June 21, 2012 – Working together is the key to achieving success. That was the message at an event last night co-hosted by BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) to celebrate the success of the Clearfield® Production System for lentils in Saskatchewan.


The ‘Partners for Success’ event brought Saskatchewan Clearfield lentil growers together in celebration of the thriving lentil sector in Canada, an industry that relies on strong partnerships to succeed.


“Canada is the largest supplier of quality lentil exports in the world, and maintaining that position is a goal shared by the entire Saskatchewan lentil supply chain, including BASF,” says Harley House, Clearfield Brand Manager at BASF. “Working together to bring growers innovative solutions for a strong lentil industry is how we achieve success.”


BASF and SPG co-hosted the event to acknowledge their strong commitment to supporting Clearfield lentil growers. The two organizations collaborated with the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre to develop herbicide-tolerant Clearfield lentils – the first and only herbicide-tolerant high-yield lentil varieties available to Canadian growers to make lentil production more profitable.


“The partnership between BASF, SPG and the University of Saskatchewan to provide herbicide-tolerant lentil varieties through the Clearfield Production System has created a significant competitive advantage for our growers. This has allowed Canada to become an even stronger player in the global lentil industry,” says Morgan Nunweiler, Chair of the SPG Board of Directors.


Additional information about SPG’s commitment to the lentil industry is available online at www.saskpulse.com. Growers can learn more about the Clearfield Production System for lentils by visiting www.agsolutions.ca/lentils.


About the BASF Crop Protection division

With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.


About the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers

SPG represents over 18,000 pulse crop producers in Saskatchewan. Accountable to and funded by growers, SPG’s strategic direction is guided by a seven-member, producer-elected board of directors. SPG’s mandate is to provide leadership for a profitable Saskatchewan pulse industry through research, market development and communications.

Media Relations:
Tabetha Boot
Tel: 403-461-1253
E-mail:tabetha.boot@basf.com