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Jul 31

Government, industry mark first year of Western Canadian Deduction

Posted on Jul 31 By: admin

Claresholm, AB (July 31, 2013) – Today Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced a successful first year of collecting the Western Canadian Deduction via Alberta Barley. “Our goal from the beginning was to maintain uninterrupted funding for the recipient organizations,” said Commission General Manager Lisa Skierka. “We have diligently managed the deduction to ensure that the

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Jul 11

Successful inaugural year for Western Canadian deduction

Posted on Jul 11 By: admin

Calgary, AB (July 11, 2013) – Alberta Barley (ABC) extends its thanks to farmers and grain buyers for supporting the Western Canadian deduction for wheat and barley in its first year. Administered by the Commission, as per the Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistance (Wheat and Barley), the deduction funds three recipient groups:

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Jul 9

Barley industry receives $8 million dollar Agri-Innovation Program grant

Posted on Jul 9 By: admin

Lacombe, Alberta (July 9, 2013) – Agriculture Canada announced today that $8 million dollars has been granted to Alberta Barley to fund its Barley Research Cluster projects. This funding will cover 28 projects to meet relevant industry priorities for feed, malt and food barley. “This is a game changer for the future of barley,” said

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Jun 26

Full steam ahead for Saskatchewan wheat and barley commissions

Posted on Jun 26 By: Tyler Difley
Bill Cooper answers questions about the new Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, June 20 in Regina. Credit: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

After a year of planning and preparation, Saskatchewan’s new wheat and barley commissions are up and running, with clear direction and big plans. “Our mandate is to make sure that money that’s collected and used for research adds value to the producers’ barley production,” said Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SBDC) Interim Chair Bill Cooper. “It

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Jun 20

Alberta barley farmers applaud grassroots leadership

Posted on Jun 20 By: admin

Calgary, AB (June 20, 2013) – Praise is rolling in from Alberta barley farmers as they congratulate their Saskatchewan counterparts on the establishment of new Wheat and Barley Development Commissions. The announcement was made during the Farm Progress Show in Regina. The two commissions will be producer-elected and directed, ensuring Saskatchewan wheat and barley farmers

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Jun 2

Barley makes the grade in Oregon

Posted on Jun 2 By: Chris Simnett
Registered dietitian Dayle Hayes. Credit: Tony Smith

A new Oregon school project is set to introduce food barley to a whole new generation of children through a pilot meal program. Leading the charge to get barley used in U.S. schools is Dayle Hayes—a Billings, MT, registered dietitian who conducted a survey for the Idaho Barley Commission (IBC). The study determined that most

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May 21

New Interim President for Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

Posted on May 21 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) May 21, 2013  – Alberta Barley (ABC) is pleased to announce that Commission general manager, Lisa Skierka, has been named interim president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). Skierka fills the vacancy left by CAFTA’s departing president Richard Phillips. Phillips was recently appointed president of the Canada Grains Council, a position he

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May 10

Go Barley

Posted on May 10 By: Linda Whitworth

It’s been a very busy summer here at Alberta Barley promoting delicious, nutritious food barley through a variety of exciting opportunities—and the fun is just beginning. One of those opportunities was at the Calgary Stampede, where I made two appearances at the Co-op Kitchen Theatre. This year, I whipped up a zucchini lemon cake with

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May 2

Grain bin technology continues to evolve

Posted on May 2 By: Greg Beneteau
Farmers can know what’s going on in the bin much quicker thanks to technological advances.  Credit: Michael Interisano

For farmers, the rush of grain emptying from an auger into a storage bin marks the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work. But harvesting is only half the battle. Stored grain is constantly under threat from moisture, insects, mold and heat, which can cause spoilage—resulting in thousands of dollars in lost revenue. With

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Apr 30

Aster yellows kill barley

Posted on Apr 30 By: Dr. Ieuan R. Evans

Prairie-wide this year, a couple of billion dollars were lost in expected crop yields to a tiny bacterium called phytoplasma, commonly known as aster yellows. In canola crops from Winnipeg, MB, to Dawson Creek, B.C., aster yellows disease showed up in canola as big, scruffy, ugly sterile plants that failed to form any seedpods. The

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