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Apr 16

Thinking outside the cereal box

Posted on Apr 16 By: Gen Handley

Quick-cooking barley The moment that Marvin Nakonechny knew Quick Cooking Barley was a success was after chefs at the Banff Centre had served it to a large group of diners—and none of the barley dishes were left. “The chefs had prepared it in a pilaf dish and some barley salads,” said Nakonechny. “There was enough

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Apr 11

Inroads on international roads

Posted on Apr 11 By: Gen Handley

The federal government is making inroads for Canadian barley by fostering new international trade relationships. At the end of March, Prime Minister Harper and Gerry Ritz, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), announced the launch of free-trade negotiations with Japan that will benefit grain growers in Western Canada. “A free-trade agreement with Japan could

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Apr 7

Cereal Leaf Beetle threat can be fought by introducing wasps

Posted on Apr 7 By: Taryn Dickson

It has cousins that attack asparagus, cucumbers and potatoes, but these little insects may be interested in your cereal crop next. The cereal leaf beetle—Oulema melanopus L.—native to Eurasia made its North American debut in southwest Michigan in 1962. Fifty years later, it’s concerning Alberta farmers. This four-to-six millimetre bluishblack and red adult beetle was

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Apr 4

Farm safety: Not knowing is not the answer

Posted on Apr 4 By: Madeleine Baerg

As we gear up for the growing season, it’s a great time to think about farm safety. While it may seem repetitive to brush up on safety each spring, it just might save your life and your farm. “Being a farm safety professional, sometimes we feel like Maytag salesmen,” said Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator

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Apr 3

Grain Growers of Canada Update

Posted on Apr 3 By: Richard Phillips

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an Asia-Pacific regional trade deal that includes many of Canada’s key export markets and export competitors, including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Brunei. Other potential partners that may join in the near future include Mexico and Japan. As members of the Canadian AgriFood

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