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Mar 24

2016 Census of Agriculture is on the horizon

Posted on Mar 24 By: Statistics Canada

The Census of Agriculture is now on the horizon. In early May, you will receive a letter with easy to follow instructions on how to complete your questionnaire. Census of Agriculture data are the definitive source of community-level data. By drawing on these data, decision-makers will be assured that they are acting in the interest

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Mar 8

Quality over quantity

Posted on Mar 8 By: Sydney Duhaime

If one word could sum up the 2015 growing season, it would be “unpredictable.” For farmers across Western Canada, 2015’s unco-operative weather made for a suspenseful crop year—one that left many worried that their crop might not make it to harvest, especially in the case of malt barley. While it is normally a rewarding crop

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Feb 12

Crop Commissions to host FarmSafe workshops throughout Alberta this March

Posted on Feb 12 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) February 12, 2016 – Four of the crop commissions, Alberta Wheat Commission, Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola Producers Commission and Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, are fostering hands-on farm safety education opportunities by hosting a series of FarmSafe workshops throughout Alberta this March. These free, one-day FarmSafe workshops will provide training and educational manuals to

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Feb 4

New year, new findings

Posted on Feb 4 By: Sydney Duhaime

Growing the barley industry all comes down to research—according to Alberta Barley research manager Garson Law. “As a farmer-funded organization, we invest in research to bring scientific advancements directly to our farmers. This is the biggest factor in maintaining long-term sustainability,” he explained. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Alberta Barley has made

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Jan 29

Alberta researcher receives prestigious award

Posted on Jan 29 By: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Former Alberta Agriculture and Forestry researcher Dr. Jim Helm has been awarded the prestigious American Society of Agronomy Distinguished Service Award. This award is given only to highly distinguished nominees that have made a transformational contribution to the agronomy profession. “Jim Helm is a household name among cereal breeders and scientists worldwide” says nominator Dr.

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Jan 13

Alberta Barley focuses attention on malt barley insurance

Posted on Jan 13 By: Ellen Cottee

With Alberta’s craft beer industry expanding, the province’s grain producers continue to take advantage of the opportunities this market provides. Thanks to the strong demand for malt barley, a key ingredient in beer, Alberta farmers will be including this high-value crop in their rotations in the years to come. Existing barley insurance is currently designed

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Jan 8

Alberta Barley’s new GM excited about industry’s future

Posted on Jan 8 By: Ellen Cottee

It was on his uncle’s farm near Russell, MB, that Rob Davies developed his lifelong enthusiasm for all things agriculture. Davies credits summers spent on the farm with starting him off on the path that would eventually lead him to become Alberta Barley’s general manager. Davies earned a bachelor of science in agriculture at the University

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Jan 7

Crop commissions’ response to Bill 6

Posted on Jan 7 By: Alberta Barley

Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) are committed to ensuring their farmer members are represented in local, national and international matters that impact their livelihood. Recently, the Government of Alberta announced Bill 6: The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. Below is a summary of the work the commissions have done

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Jan 7

Classroom Agriculture Program looking for volunteers

Posted on Jan 7 By: Alberta Barley

When asked, “where does our food come from?”, too many kids say the grocery store. The Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP) is trying to change that. CAP has been around since 1985 and during those 30 years, more than 600,000 grade four students have participated in the program. These students have learned where their food really

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