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Sep 8

Craft brewing conundrum – An introduction to Alberta’s beer mark-up policy

Posted on Sep 8 By: Tyler Difley
Some Alberta brewers, like Alley Kat Brewing Company, have expanded with the help of the small brewer mark-up policy. Credit: Alley Kat Brewing

In Alberta, buying beer can be a simultaneously exciting and overwhelming experience. As you enter your local liquor store, you’re greeted by a tantalizing selection of suds from around the world: Belgian whites, Irish stouts, Australian ales and American lagers, as well as a fine assortment of craft-brewed creations from across Canada. Alberta has 16

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Sep 5

Alberta Barley regional meetings and AGM – Mark your calendars with these upcoming events

Posted on Sep 5 By: Dina O’Meara
Alberta Barley’s AGM is Dec. 5 in Banff. Attendees will hear about end point royalties, international trade, Alberta Barley-funded research, consumer outreach and more. Credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism

The sun was shining on Matt Sawyer’s fields northeast of Calgary, as the Alberta Barley chairman and region two director swathed barley one afternoon in late August. But the bumper crop promised in other areas of the province was not evident at his place, which was still recovering from devastating rains and flooding earlier in

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Sep 2

Call of the Land celebrates 60 years

Posted on Sep 2 By: Tamara Leigh
Caitlynn Reeso stands with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Minsiter Berlyn Olson, middle, and former Call of the Land host Jack Howell. The program was recently honoured for its longevity and contribution to the agricultural landscape of Alberta. Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

The year is 1953. Louis St. Laurent is elected prime minister of Canada, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay reach the top of Mt. Everest, a team of scientists discover the double-helix structure of DNA, and Alberta Agriculture’s Call of the Land takes to the radio waves. It has been 60 years since Call of

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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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