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Oct 10

Malt industry funding great news for farmers

Posted on Oct 10 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) October 10, 2012 – Alberta Barley (ABC) is pleased to learn that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has given $525,000 to three Canadian malting agencies to broaden new market opportunities.

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), the Malting Industry Association of Canada (MIAC) and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) were the beneficiaries of the funding infusion, which came through the federal government’s AgriMarketing Program.

“Malting barley remains a cornerstone of Alberta’s barley industry,” said Matt Sawyer, ABC chairman. “It’s great to see a funding boost for these three organizations, as we all want to grow domestic and international barley markets.”

According to the AAFC announcement yesterday, the money will assist recipient groups in developing new marketing and communication strategies, as well as creating a Canadian Malt Barley Brand. Funding will also go toward product testing and evaluations on new malting barley varieties, this year’s harvest, and cargo shipments to international markets.

“The ABC supports any initiative aimed at growing the malt barley industry,” said Sawyer. “Developing a Canadian Malt Barley Brand that could increase sales of barley is something we can stand behind for our farmers.”
Funding recipients are also pleased by the announcement.

“Malt is a highly competitive industry,” said Rob McCaig, managing director and director of brewing for CMBTC. “Continued funding support is critical to ensure we are effectively reaching out to international markets and providing the technical support they need to successfully use Canadian malt in their products.”

In 2011, Canada’s malting barley exports topped $600 million and AAFC is forecasting for that number to rise.

As Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s barley farmers.

The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.

For more information, contact:

Anne-Marie Bruzga-Luchak
Communications Manager
(403) 919-1024
aluchak@albertabarley.com

Matt Sawyer
Chairman
(403) 369-507

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, the remittance process, reporting procedures and answers frequently asked questions.

In accordance with the federal “Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistance (Wheat and Barley),” the ABC has been collecting the check-off since August 1, 2012. The new website is intended to be another tool to assist farmers and grain buyers in understanding the program.

“We know that farmers and buyers don’t have time to go hunting for information—especially at harvest time,” says ABC Chairman Matt Sawyer. “The website will make it as easy as possible for all stakeholders to get the information they need to understand the check-off.”

The ABC is collecting the voluntary check-off on behalf of three recipient groups: the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF); the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi); and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC). The check-off funds will enable these three organizations to continue to deliver new varieties, market development and technical support to the industry.

“All three organizations have a proven track record of success,” says Sawyer. “Their vast achievements have proven invaluable to farmers.”

Western Canadian farmers and grain buyers are encouraged to utilize the website or phone the ABC’s toll-free number at (800) 265-9111.

Backgrounder

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. Its mission is to create profitable opportunities for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.

CMBTC is an independent, non-profit organization funded by members of the malting barley and malt industry. The CMBTC is the focal point for applied malting and brewing research and provides technical support to members and clients.

WGRF is a farmer funded and directed non-profit organization investing primarily in wheat and barley variety development. WGRF has assisted in the development and release of more than 110 new wheat and barley varieties over the past decade and a half, many of which are today seeded to large portions of the cropland in Western Canada.

Caitlan Carver
Public Relations Coordinator
(403) 219-6263
ccarver@albertabarley.com

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 to this administrative role. The regulations come into effect along with the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act on Aug. 1, 2012. The collected funds will be distributed to the Western Grains Research Foundation, the Canadian International Grains Institute and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.

“This is our area of expertise,” said Commission General Manager Lisa Skierka. “We are able and fully qualified to administer this program effectively and efficiently.”

The Commission has more than 20 years experience administering the check-off for barley in Alberta, which includes collecting remittances from grain buyers and processing refund requests from farmers.

“Research, market development and technical assistance programs help keep Canadian farmers competitive,” said Skierka. “The federal government’s support of these organizations is key to maintaining Canada’s reputation for quality at home and in global markets.”

The new deduction is a temporary measure to replace funding formerly collected through the Canadian Wheat Board. The interim program will last for a maximum of five years, at which point a permanent funding arrangement will be established.

“Our goal is to maintain uninterrupted funding for the recipient organizations,” said Skierka. “We are ready to work with grain buyers and handlers in order to achieve the efficient and timely collection of this deduction.”

Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s 17,000 barley farmers.

The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.

For more information, contact:

Anne-Marie Bruzga-Luchak
Communications Manager
(403) 919-1024
aluchak@albertabarley.com

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.

“This is a success story for barley,” said Alberta Barley Chairman Matt Sawyer. “This health claim has the potential to increase consumer demand for barley food products and, in turn, help grow our industry.”

The announcement was made at the Calgary Stampede, which showcases international innovations in agriculture.

The health claim—which is the result of years of scientific work, including that of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientist Dr. Nancy Ames’ team in Winnipeg, MB—will apply to suitable foods that contain at least one gram of beta-glucan from barley grain products per serving. One gram equals 35 per cent of the recommended daily intake.

The claim is based on evidence that shows consumption of at least three grams of beta-glucan per day helps reduce cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

“It’s official,” said Dr. Ames. “Health Canada’s acceptance of science that substantiates the claim means that we can communicate specific health benefits of eating foods that contain barley beta-glucan. It gives credibility to barley as a health food and also provides the necessary information in a regulated way that Canadians can have confidence in.”

The health claim includes dehulled or hulless barley, pearl barley, barley flakes, grits, meal, flour and bran, as well as beta-glucan enriched milling fractions. Extracted barley beta-glucan is excluded from the claim.

“I’m excited about the potential for growth in the food barley industry,” said Jim Hugo, a barley farmer near Three Hills, AB, and owner of JRK Farms—a producer of barley flour and other barley mixes. “We’ve known for a long time that barley is a healthy option and it’s great that we now have a health claim that proves it.”

To learn more, visit Health Canada’s website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s 17,000 barley farmers.

For more information, contact:

Anne-Marie Bruzga-Luchak
Communications Manager
(403) 919-1024
aluchak@albertabarley.com

Matt Sawyer
Chairman
(403) 369-5071

May 22

AAFC appoints Alberta Barley to administer the Western Canadian barley and wheat deduction

Posted on May 22 By: admin

(Saskatoon, SK) May 22, 2012 — Alberta Barley welcomed today’s announcement of funding for barley and wheat research and market development by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

The Commission will be the agency of record responsible for administering a deduction on barley and wheat sales in Western Canada. These funds will be distributed to the Western Grains Research Foundation, the Canadian International Grains Institute and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.

“Alberta Barley strongly supports continued, on-going research and market development in both barley and wheat,” said Commission Chairman Matt Sawyer. “Our goal is to ensure there are no funding disruptions for these organizations when the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act goes into effect on August 1, 2012.”

AAFC Minister Gerry Ritz said the specifics of the changes to the Canada Grain Act regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette before the end of May.

“As a grassroots, farmer-run organization, we understand the weight of this responsibility and we take that very seriously,” said Sawyer. He noted that the Commission has over 20 years of experience managing point-of-sale deductions for barley in Alberta, a job that includes collecting remittances from grain buyers and processing refund requests from farmers.

“This is our area of expertise,” added General Manager Lisa Skierka. “We are confident in our ability to administer this program effectively and efficiently.”
Farmers, industry stakeholders and the public are invited to provide feedback on the regulations once they are released. All are encouraged to check the AAFC website (www.agr.gc.ca) and Alberta Barley website (www.albertabarley.com) for regular updates over the coming weeks.

Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s 11,000 plus barley farmers. The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.

For more information, contact:

Anne-Marie Bruzga-Luchak
Communications Manager
(403) 919-1024
aluchak@albertabarley.com

Lisa Skierka
General Manager
(403) 869-2341
lskierka@albertabarley.com