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Dec 11

Alberta Barley supports rail legislation

Posted on Dec 11 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) December 11, 2012 — Alberta Barley is pleased with the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, Bill C-52, introduced in the House of Commons today. “We are optimistic that this legislation will be beneficial to farmers who require a timely and efficient rail service in order to be competitive in our new marketing reality,”

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Dec 6

Research chair stays on as Director-at-Large

Posted on Dec 6 By: admin

(Banff, AB) Dec. 6, 2012 – Richard Mueller will remain as Alberta Barley’s director-at-large for Region Five after defeating challenger and former director Leo Meyer. The announcement came at the ABC’s annual general meeting in Banff and Mueller was happy to hear he will continue to serve Alberta’s barley farmers. “I’m pleased with the result,”

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Nov 29

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Posted on Nov 29 By: Tyler Difley
Grant Robinson of BDO Canada’s SuccessCare Program—just one of many succession planning options.  Credit: Grant Robinson.

As many will attest, farming is far more than just work—it’s a way of life. A vast number of farmers have been living and working on the farm since they were children, often following in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers before them. This process is commonplace in the cycle of the family farm.

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Nov 22

Malting contracts: pros and cons

Posted on Nov 22 By: Curtis Haugan
Contracts can be a great way to attempt to secure a profitable finish with a maltster Credit: AB Archives

This autumn, as crops around the province were brought to harvest, the many days and nights of hard work, worry and diligence were largely rewarded. There was, however, something else working behind the scenes for certain farmers—malt contracts. Before a seed is even put in the ground, meetings between growers and malting companies are scheduled

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Nov 18

U.S. grain trading: devil is in the details

Posted on Nov 18 By: Gen Handley
Western farmers looking to sell their barley, wheat and durum to American buyers need to understand their contracts in order to manage their risk.  Credit: Jeremiah Thompson/Stock Photo

According to barley growers north and south of the border, you need to know as many contract details as possible before selling in the open market. “Farmers are going to have to be more careful of the contracts they’re signing,” said Brian Otto, a southern Alberta barley grower and Chair of the Barley Council of

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Nov 11

Seasonal labour: a constant struggle

Posted on Nov 11 By: Tyler Difley

For farmers, when it comes to finding employees who can meet their unique labour needs, the problem is often in the timing. In peak periods like seeding and harvest, farmers often find they are stuck with more work than they can handle. This can be remedied to a certain extent by help from family members

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Nov 5

Cutting-edge research in southern Alberta

Posted on Nov 5 By: Caitlin Crawshaw
The Lethbridge Research Centre is a strategic hub for barley development. The scientists and researchers who work in the facility conduct experiments and manage test plots—all designed to further varietal development and research, as well as raise yields. Credit: Brian Freeze

Barley research in Alberta involves an extensive network of scientists, government facilities, universities, industry partners and funding agencies. The Lethbridge Research Centre (LRC), a federal facility in southern Alberta, is a key player in this network. The LRC is one of 19 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research centres established more than a century ago,

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Nov 3

Hulless barley: something for everyone

Posted on Nov 3 By: Geoff Geddes
[img_blog_caption image='' caption=': From food to malt to feed, hulless barley has a wide array of end-uses. ' credit="Dr. Joseph Nyachiro"]

[img_blog_caption image=’’ caption=’: From food to malt to feed, hulless barley has a wide array of end-uses. ‘ credit=”Dr. Joseph Nyachiro”]The versatility and health benefits of barley are well known, but awareness of one type in particular is on the rise. Hulless barley has enjoyed the limelight recently. It has a tough, inedible outer hull that

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Nov 2

ABC announces two new directors

Posted on Nov 2 By: admin

Election called for director-at-large position (Calgary, AB) Nov. 2, 2012 – Alberta Barley (ABC) has announced two new board members after the close of its director and director-at-large nominations period on Wed., Oct. 31, 2012. Bryan Adam of Stony Plain and Gerald Finster of Valleyview were acclaimed as directors for regions five and six respectively.

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Oct 20

Severe weather impacts harvests

Posted on Oct 20 By: Caitlan R. Carver

Growing grain in Alberta had its peaks and valleys this season. In a year full of changes for the grain industry, farmers were hit periodically with unexpected hail, tornado warnings and severe winds—blowing away millions of dollars worth of yields. “Total hail claims have exceeded 10,000 claims, which will be a record,” said James Wright,

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