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Aug 21

Guest Column – Oat organizations provide value, efficiency and results

Posted on Aug 21 By: Shawna Mathieson

When the Alberta Oat Growers Commission (AOGC) came into effect on Aug. 1, 2012, the directors had one thing in mind: value for the Alberta producers. That’s why AOGC decided to join up with the Saskatchewan and Manitoba oat producer organizations in the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA). AOGC Chairman and POGA Vice-Chairman Keith Gilchrist

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Aug 18

Bearish market for barley in 2013

Posted on Aug 18 By: Lee Hart
Following above-average barley prices in 2012, analysts are calling for barley feed to come down. As of mid-September, barley prices ranged between $3.07 and $3.61 per bushel.  Credit: Michael Interisano

The worm has turned when it comes to 2013 barley prices after the grain hit near-record prices for malting and feed last year. A new North American supply situation in the malt and feed grains markets is causing prices to tumble heading into the new crop year. While it may look like a price collapse,

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Aug 4

General Manager’s Message

Posted on Aug 4 By: Lisa Skierka

Alberta Barley staff are the cornerstone of our programming in the areas of communications and extension, finance and check-off management, market development, policy, and research and agronomy. Our staffing model recognizes the importance of creating a culture of investment in the work we do—developing a team dynamic with people who are invested in growing Alberta’s

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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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