It’s all around us and affects our everyday lives without most of us even realizing it. Used in Alberta’s ag industry since the 1980s, researchers are finding more ways to take advantage of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) when it comes to barley. A single 45-second NIRS scan uses light energy absorption to provide information on
(Calgary, Alberta) September 28, 2015 – Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (Alberta EFP) is making changes to better align the program with international sustainable sourcing standards for environmental practices. The changes will streamline the process of certifying on-farm sustainability practices and will better fulfill end-user requirements. These improvements emerged from a recent comparative study conducted by Alberta EFP, Alberta Wheat
Alberta Barley partnered with the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Alberta Pulse Growers and Alberta Wheat Commission for the Alberta Crops Sustainability Certification Pilot Project. Through this project, Alberta’s crop commissions aimed to identify how the sustainability practices currently used by farmers stack up against the international standards followed by some of the world’s largest corporations.
Image Credit: Field Crop Development Centre, Lacombe. Creating new barley varieties can be a deeply personal experience for breeder Patricia Juskiw. “I always say that these plants are like my children, and I’m disappointed when they don’t do well,” she said, laughing. “And I’m also very happy when they do go to market and become something.”
Marketing and events co-ordinator, Lauren Reid, brings Alberta Barley to agriculture events across the province. Like most people born and raised in the city, Lauren Reid, marketing and events co-ordinator for Alberta Barley, was a relative newcomer to agriculture. “I didn’t come from a farming background,” the Calgary native explained. “As a city kid, you don’t often think about where your food
(Calgary, Alberta) Sept. 1, 2015 – As the future of farm safety policy takes shape, Alberta’s crop commissions, comprised of elected farmer representatives, are ready and willing to contribute to the discussion. “Alberta’s crop commissions look forward to working with the Government of Alberta on this critical issue,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter. “Our