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Sep 24

Wheat and barley check-off website launched

Posted on Sep 24 By: admin

Alberta Barley gives farmers and buyers another tool to help understand the check-off program (Calgary, AB), September 24, 2012 – Alberta Barley (ABC) recently launched a new website to help Western Canadian grain farmers and buyers better understand the new collection system for the wheat and barley check-off. The website, provides information about the check-off,

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Aug 24

Detect wireworms before it’s too late

Posted on Aug 24 By: Tyler Difley
Wireworms have been increasing in numbers across Alberta in the last few years. If farmers can catch the worms early, they can still ensure a successful crop.  Credit: Trevor Bacque

Underground, and often undetected, wireworms—the larval stage of the click beetle—can wreak havoc on cereal crops like barley. Wireworms on the rise Scott Meers, an insect management specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD), said there has been an increase in wireworm issues in Alberta, but it has not yet raised serious concerns. “The

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Aug 19

Mastering the science of beer

Posted on Aug 19 By: Tamara Leigh
Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, left, Olds College president and Dr. Steve Hudson, right, acting president of Niagara College toast to the new brewing program.  Credit: Noel West/Olds College

Western Canada’s only brewmaster program and teaching brewery is coming to the heart of barley country. In April, Olds College announced that they are partnering with Niagara College to expand their two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program to make it truly national in scope. “When we created our Canadian Food and Wine Institute, our

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Aug 13

Not your average barley pop

Posted on Aug 13 By: Tamara Leigh
Beer on the production line at Alley Kat Brewery, Edmonton’s longest running microbrewery and the fourth oldest brewery in Alberta.  Credit: Alley Kat Brewing Company

There are many uses for barley, but none is as popular as brewing beer. Brewers across the country are quick to tip their hats to barley growers on the Canadian Prairies, known for producing some of the highest quality two-row malt barley in the world. Labatt, Molson and Sleeman continue to dominate the Canadian beer

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Aug 3

U of A continues world-class barley research

Posted on Aug 3 By: Trevor Bacque
Dr. Lingyun Chen speaks during a recent tour of her laboratory at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  Credit: Trevor Bacque

The third floor of the Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences building at the University of Alberta (U of A) campus is cluttered. Packed boxes of floor tiles lay in wait and unpacked shipments sit on pallets in hopes of eventually being set up. Among the hodgepodge is Dr. Lingyun Chen’s research laboratory. The 36-year old

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Jul 27

Western Canadian wheat and barley deduction confirmed

Posted on Jul 27 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) July 27, 2012 — As of Aug. 1, 2012, Alberta Barley will be the official agency of record for the western Canadian wheat and barley deduction. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced today the final approval of the “Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistant (Wheat and Barley),” which names the Commission

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Jul 12

Barley fibre helps lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease

Posted on Jul 12 By: admin

Health Canada approves claim for food products containing barley fibre (Calgary, AB) July 12, 2012 — Barley is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Years of research and documentation paid off this week when Health Canada approved a health claim linking the consumption of barley beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre, to reduced blood cholesterol.

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Apr 16

Thinking outside the cereal box

Posted on Apr 16 By: Gen Handley
CEO Marvin Nakonechny (left) and President Perry Hendriks of Progressive Foods Inc. at a demonstration in Spruce Grove, AB. Credit: Progressive Foods Inc.

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
Senator JoAnne Buth (left) and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz (far right), visit China’s Fangchenggang Maple Grain & Oil Industrial Co. Ltd., a canola crushing facility. Credit: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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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