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Jan 14

Alberta Barley announces funding for new research projects aimed at increasing farm profitability

Posted on Jan 14 By: Victoria Decker

Alberta Barley announces funding for new research projects aimed at increasing farm profitability Alberta Barley is announcing $899,664 in funding for eight new research projects that will improve farm-gate returns through improved disease and crop management, variety development, feed barley promotion, and enhanced malting and brewing performance. Alberta Barley’s investment is part of the National

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Jan 14

Cereal commissions call for changes in value creation consultations

Posted on Jan 14 By: Victoria Decker

Cereal commissions call for changes in value creation consultations (Calgary, Alberta) January 14, 2019 – Western Canadian cereal commissions including the barley, oat and wheat commissions from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are calling for major changes in the Government of Canada’s current consultation process on value creation. In a letter to federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay,

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Dec 13

Alberta Barley announces new board leadership, new director-at-large and several new delegates

Posted on Dec 13 By: Victoria Decker

Following yesterday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Prairie Cereals Summit in Banff, Alberta Barley is pleased to announce new leadership on its board of directors. Dave Bishop was elected as Chair and Bryan Sewell was elected as Vice-Chair. Alberta Barley also welcomes Wade McAllister as director-at-large, filling the final opening on the board of

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Nov 1

Alberta Barley announces region 5 and 6 directorship results and open governance positions

Posted on Nov 1 By: Victoria Decker

(Calgary, Alberta) November 1, 2018 – Following yesterday’s nomination deadline, Alberta Barley is announcing the results of the region 5 and 6 director nomination process, along with open positions within Alberta Barley’s governance structure. Alberta Barley’s region 5 director will be Shane Debock while the region 6 director is Brent Konstapel. Both Debock and Konstapel

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Oct 4

Team Alberta says PMRA’s proposed cancellation of Strychnine could cause severe economic consequences for farmers in controlling gopher populations

Posted on Oct 4 By: Victoria Decker

With the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposing the complete cancellation of Strychnine for its use in controlling Richardson’s Ground Squirrel (gopher) populations, Team Alberta says farmers must be able to retain access to this product since there are currently no safe or effective alternatives to protect crops from damage. Severe gopher outbreaks could result

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Sep 13

Alberta Barley Call for Nominations for Directors and Delegates

Posted on Sep 13 By: Megan Hall

(Calgary, AB) September 13, 2018 Nominations are now being accepted for Alberta Barley’s 2018 director and delegate elections. There are 25 positions available, including two directors in region five and six and one director-at-large available to producers located in regions one, three, five and six. Thanks to board approval of reallocation of delegate positions based on

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Aug 1

AWC and Alberta Barley disappointed in CGC decisions on surplus allocation

Posted on Aug 1 By: Erin Tateson

(Calgary, Alberta) August 1, 2018 – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley are disappointed that the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has decided to disperse $90 million of its $130 million surplus into numerous special projects and expand its operations rather than reducing service fees for Canadian grain farmers. While the CGC has indicated

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Jul 5

The Honourable Gerry Ritz among 2018 nominees to be inducted into Canada’s Agricultural Hall of Fame

Posted on Jul 5 By: Victoria Decker

(Calgary, Alberta) July 5, 2018 –The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Alberta Barley and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulate the Honourable Gerry Ritz on his induction into Canada’s Agricultural Hall of Fame. The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association honours and commemorates Canadians for their contributions to Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. The association announced Ritz’s

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May 28

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions urge federal government to take steps to keep grain moving

Posted on May 28 By: Megan Hall

With a potential CP Rail strike looming, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley are urging the federal government to take the necessary action to avoid disruptions in rail service, including consideration of back-to-work legislation in the event of a strike. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which represents about 3,000 conductors, locomotive engineers and

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May 23

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions say passing of Bill C-49 is a historic turning point for the grain industry, thank Ministers Garneau and MacAulay for commitment to farmers

Posted on May 23 By: Victoria Decker

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions say passing of Bill C-49 is a historic turning point for the grain industry, thank Ministers Garneau and MacAulay for commitment to farmers (Calgary, Alberta) May 23, 2018 – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley say today’s news that Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, is about to receive

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May 11

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions disappointed in further delays to Bill C-49

Posted on May 11 By: Victoria Decker

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley are disappointed to learn that Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, was not passed this week. Further delays run the risk that farmers could see another crop year with no mechanisms in place to hold the railways accountable. The commissions continue to urge quick passage in the

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Apr 29

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions say Minister Garneau’s endorsement of key amendments shows commitment to farmers

Posted on Apr 29 By: Victoria Decker

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley say that Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s move to endorse key amendments to Bill C-49 in the House of Commons, as recommended by the Commissions, is good news for farmers. Now with spring seeding just days away, the Commissions urge the House of Commons to pass Bill

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Apr 18

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions urge immediate Federal Government action to prevent CP Rail strike

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

(Calgary, Alberta) April 18, 2018 – In response to the 72-hour strike notice issued by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) representing more than 3,000 workers at CP Rail, the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are urging the Federal Government to take immediate steps to prevent strike action. A rail strike could cause devastating consequences on

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Apr 18

Letter to Federal Government re: 72-hour CP Rail Strike Notice

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

Honorable Patricia A. Hajdu Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour House of Commons Ottawa, ON   K1A 0A6 April 18, 2018 Dear Minister Hajdu: The Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat Commission’s (AB/AWC) are aware that the union (Teamsters Canada Rail Conference) representing 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers at Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has served notice

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Apr 10

Introducing FarmSustainability.ca – an online tool to advance farm sustainability

Posted on Apr 10 By: Victoria Decker

Team Alberta is pleased to launch farmsustainability.ca. This farm sustainability readiness tool is a web-based, voluntary, self-assessment and action planning resource that aims to advance on-farm sustainability in Canada. “Interest in our food system is ever-increasing,” said Jason Lenz, Chair of Alberta Barley. “Consumers not only want food that is safe, nutritious and affordable, but also

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Mar 8

Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley welcome signing of CPTPP, urge quick passage to ensure Canadian farmers stay competitive

Posted on Mar 8 By: Victoria Decker

(Calgary, Alberta), March 8, 2018 – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley today welcomed the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP). The Commissions urge quick passage by Parliament to ensure Canada is among the first group of countries included when the trade deal takes effect. The CPTPP will

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Feb 28

Alberta Barley producers eligible for 17 percent SR&ED tax credit for 2017 research investments 

Posted on Feb 28 By: Victoria Decker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Calgary, Alberta), February 28, 2018 – Alberta Barley advises farmers that 17 per cent of their 2017 check-off payment is eligible for the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit for their investment in Alberta Barley-funded research and development (R&D) projects. For example, farmers who paid $100 in check-off to Alberta Barley

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Jan 31

Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat Commission will move ahead with shared management team

Posted on Jan 31 By: Victoria Decker

(Edmonton, Alberta) January 31, 2018 – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley today announced that they are moving forward with a shared management structure, providing added value and cost savings to the province’s wheat and barley farmers. The move follows a four-month trial period, during which both boards and management assessed the feasibility

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Jan 19

Alberta Wheat and Barley call on the Government to ratify TPP-11

Posted on Jan 19 By: Alberta Barley

Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, PC, MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A3 January 18, 2018 Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley 6815-8 St. NE, Suite 200 Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7H7 Dear Prime Minister: The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley, on behalf of 14,000 primary producers within the province,

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Dec 14

Alberta Barley chair, vice-chair re-elected

Posted on Dec 14 By: Alberta Barley

Dec. 14, 2017 (Calgary, AB): Alberta Barley’s board of directors has re-elected region three director Jason Lenz as chair and region one director Dave Bishop as vice-chair following the 2017 annual general meeting on December 6. “I had a great experience in my first year as chair and I am honoured to have been re-elected,”

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Sep 27

Alberta Barley hires Tom Steve as Interim General Manager, Alberta Wheat and Barley undergo trial period operating with a shared management structure

Posted on Sep 27 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) September 27, 2017 – Alberta Barley is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Steve as interim general manager effective immediately. Steve currently serves as general manager of the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and will continue in this role as well. With Steve now leading both commissions, the boards of AWC and Alberta

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Sep 26

Get involved: Alberta Barley elections include 16 available positions

Posted on Sep 26 By: Alberta Barley

Sept. 26, 2017 (Calgary, AB) Nominations are now being accepted for Alberta Barley’s 2017 director and delegate elections. There are 16 positions available, including two directors (regions one and two) and one director-at-large (regions one, three, four or six). Thirteen spots are available for delegates with at least one opening in each of the Alberta Barley

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Sep 6

CMBTC to Receive Continued Funding from Prairie Barley Commissions

Posted on Sep 6 By: CMBTC

September 6, 2017 – Winnipeg, MB The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) announced today it will continue to receive funding from Alberta Barley, the Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) to support its operations serving Canada’s malting barley value chain. The announcement comes after the July

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Aug 21

Re-evaluation of Lambda-cyhalothrin

Posted on Aug 21 By: Grain Growers of Canada

Recently, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada has proposed a re-evaluation decision for Lambda-cyhalothrin (most commonly known as Matador) which would see the cancellation of use of the product for all food and feed commodities as well as indoor residential application. Grain Growers of Canada has provided a template letter which will allow farmers

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Jun 29

Connecting the value chain from farm to fork: National EFP Summit will take place again this November

Posted on Jun 29 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) June 29, 2017 – As a member of The National Environmental Farm Plan (NEFP) steering committee, Alberta Barley invites Agri-food stakeholders from across the value chain to attend the second annual NEFP Summit in Ottawa this November. Building on unprecedented support from last year’s summit, attendees will further develop this national standard designed

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Jun 20

Alberta Barley urges farmers to participate in Federal Government Consultations for A Food Policy for Canada

Posted on Jun 20 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) June 20, 2017– Alberta Barley is urging farmers to participate in online consultations for the Government of Canada’s A Food Policy for Canada. As primary producers of Canada’s food supply, farmer input will be integral in developing this new policy that aims to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution and consumption of

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Jun 8

Making the Grade expands to two locations for 2017

Posted on Jun 8 By: Alberta Crop Commissions

(Calgary, Alberta) June 8, 2017 – Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) once again invite producers to a hands-on grain grading workshop following last year’s highly successful event. This year, Making the Grade has grown to include two locations. Hosted at the Beaverlodge Research Station

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May 16

Transport Canada comes through for western Canadian farmers with historic announcement

Posted on May 16 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, AB) May 16, 2017: Alberta Barley is thanking the federal government and Transport Minister Marc Garneau today for its commitment to farmers through the tabling of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act which seeks to amend  the Canada Transportation Act. Details emerged this morning from Transport Canada on the proposed legislation, which will introduce

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Apr 27

Grain Commission should scrap user fees in 2018 to reduce surplus

Posted on Apr 27 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) April 27, 2017 – Alberta Barley is asking the Canadian Grain Commission to reduce user fees to $0 for the 2018 crop year in order to start balancing the books from the over $107 million being carried in the CGC revolving fund. To reduce further growth of the surplus, the CGC has now proposed

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Apr 26

Team Alberta holds call with minister about the dire status of unharvested acres

Posted on Apr 26 By: Team Alberta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… (Calgary, Alberta) April 26, 2017 – Team Alberta held a conference call this morning with Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier and senior officials from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) to stress the need for immediate intervention into the dire situation with unharvested crops around the province.

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Apr 24

Team Alberta calls for immediate provincial government action with unharvested crops

Posted on Apr 24 By: Team Alberta

(Calgary, Alberta) April 24, 2017 – Team Alberta will meet with the province’s agriculture minister and representatives from the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) this Wednesday to request immediate action regarding approximately one million unharvested acres still sitting in farmers’ fields throughout the province. Team Alberta will continue to recommend that farmers in the hardest

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Apr 12

Farmer directors deliver Alberta’s grain industry messaging and priorities in Ottawa

Posted on Apr 12 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) April 12, 2017 – Team Alberta, along with the Grain Growers of Canada, were in Ottawa last week meeting with various parliamentarians to discuss priorities for Alberta grain farmers to ensure a viable and profitable crop sector. “This collaborative outreach couldn’t have happened at a better time. There is a lot of good

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Mar 27

Termination of the cash ticket deferral program would have significant consequences for Alberta barley farmers

Posted on Mar 27 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, AB) March 27, 2017 – Alberta barley farmers are extremely concerned at the prospect of the federal Liberals’ proposal to scrap the long-standing cash ticket deferral program, announced last week in the 2017 federal budget. An estimated 80 per cent of Alberta farmers participate in the deferred payment program on sales for barley, wheat,

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Mar 16

Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada and Imidacloprid – Request for Member Action

Posted on Mar 16 By: Alberta Barley

Dear members:  As you may be aware, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada has proposed a re-evaluation decision for the imidacloprid.  The proposed phase-out of the use of this insecticide is based on the perceived risk that imidacloprid may pose to aquatic invertebrates. On behalf of our members and along with other cropping sector

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Feb 21

21% tax credit available for Alberta’s barley farmers

Posted on Feb 21 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) Feb. 21, 2017 – Alberta barley farmers who did not request a refund of their check-off dollars will qualify for a 2016 Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit. The SR&ED credit allows farmers to claim the portion of their check-off dollars used to fund research. The rate for the 2016 tax

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Feb 15

Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley launch new mentorship and leadership program

Posted on Feb 15 By: AdvancingAg

(Calgary, Alberta) Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – This week the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley are launching the AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program, a new program to inspire future farm leaders through a leadership and mentorship experience. “The AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program is about fostering a strong network of future agriculture leaders for a progressive

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Dec 21

Minimizing the carbon levy

Posted on Dec 21 By: Team Alberta

  Alberta Crop Commissions Working to Minimize Carbon Levy Impact FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Leduc, Alberta) December 21, 2016 – Alberta’s four major crop commissions, operating as Team Alberta, continue to work together to minimize the impact of the carbon levy on farmers. In recent consultations with the provincial Climate Technology Task Force, Team Alberta advocated

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Dec 9

Jason Lenz elected as new chair of Alberta Barley

Posted on Dec 9 By: Alberta Barley

Region three director had served as vice-chair for the last two years Dec. 8, 2016 (Banff, AB): Jason Lenz has been unanimously elected as the new chair of Alberta Barley following today’s board meeting. Lenz was first elected as vice-chair at the 2014 AGM and served two years in that role. The changing of the

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Nov 3

Barley farmers applaud reciprocal penalties, continued investment in transportation

Posted on Nov 3 By: Alberta Barley

Nov. 3, 2016 (Calgary, AB): Alberta Barley is very pleased with the Liberal government’s Transportation 2030 strategic plan that will include the long-awaited provision of reciprocal penalties for railways in service level agreements. The proposed amendments to the Canada Transportation Act outlined by federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau would create balanced accountability for system

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Nov 1

CETA deal has long-term potential for Alberta Barley farmers

Posted on Nov 1 By: Alberta Barley

Oct. 31, 2016 (Calgary, AB): Alberta Barley is pleased the hard work of the federal government has paid off with the official signing of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday in Brussels, Belgium. The deal will give Canada unprecedented access to 500 million EU customers along with reduced, or altogether eliminated,

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Oct 24

Team Alberta welcomes news of $10 million in provincial funding for the agriculture industry to work toward climate change advancements, reminds Government that more action is required to reduce carbon levy impacts for farmers

Posted on Oct 24 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) October 24, 2016 – Announced earlier today, the Provincial Government’s $10 million investment in the agriculture industry aimed at further developing meaningful climate change advancements is good news for Alberta’s farmers, but work still needs to be done to minimize the financial impact of the carbon levy. Just last week, Team Alberta met

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Sep 26

Team Alberta meets with provincial transport and ag ministers to address imbalance of accountability and power in Canada’s rail transportation system

Posted on Sep 26 By: Trevor Bacque

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Calgary, Alberta) September 26, 2016 – Last week representatives from Team Alberta met with provincial Transport Minister Brian Mason and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier to deliver producer-focused messaging that addresses the imbalance of accountability and market power in Canada’s grain transportation system. The meeting took place prior to a final consultation meeting

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Sep 21

Alberta Barley provides feedback to Minister of Transport regarding The Future of Transportation in Canada

Posted on Sep 21 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) September 21, 2016 – Alberta Barley, on behalf of the province’s 11,000 barley producers, has submitted feedback and recommendations to The Honourable Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, regarding the Canadian Transportation Act (CTA), Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act (Bill C-30) and the upcoming Future of Transportation in Canada discussions. “We are

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Sep 7

Western Canadian Barley Producers Invest $2.4 Million in Barley Breeding

Posted on Sep 7 By: Trevor Bacque

Alberta Barley, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) are pleased to announce a commitment of more than $2.4 million over five years to the barley variety development program at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre (CDC). “Producers have played

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Sep 1

Alberta Barley director and delegate nominations open

Posted on Sep 1 By: Alberta Barley

Sept. 1, 2016 (Calgary, AB) Alberta Barley is seeking nominations for its farmer-led board of directors and delegate body. There are 20 positions available, including two directors (regions three and four) and one director-at-large (region one, two, three or six). Seventeen spots are available for delegates with at least one opening in five of the

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Jul 11

AgCoalition’s producer leadership completes province-wide consultations to build on work to foster a culture of farm safety in Alberta

Posted on Jul 11 By: AgCoalition

(Calgary, Alberta), July 11, 2016 – The AgCoalition’s producer leadership recently completed a province-wide consultation process that reaffirmed the agriculture community’s commitment to lead the ongoing work to foster a culture of farm safety in Alberta. “Farmers, ranchers and employees demonstrated excellent leadership in completing these sessions during a busy time of year,” said Kent

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Jun 27

Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program refund deadline approaching

Posted on Jun 27 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) June 27, 2016—Alberta Barley is reminding farmers in Western Canada of the upcoming July 31 deadline for Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off (WWBC) Program refund applications. The five-year transitional Wheat and Barley Check-Off was established on August 1, 2012 via regulations under the Canadian Grain Act, and is administered by Alberta Barley. The

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Jun 17

Alberta Barley applauds government investment in agri-food industry

Posted on Jun 17 By: Trevor Bacque

(Calgary, Alberta) June 17, 2016 – Alberta Barley is applauding the provincial government’s $10-million capital investment into the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator and Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) in Leduc. “With an investment like this it’s clear that agri-food processing in Alberta is both a top priority of the government and a driver of industry,” said

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Jun 16

Making the Grade returns for a second year

Posted on Jun 16 By: Trevor Bacque

(Calgary, Alberta) June 16, 2016 – Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) once again invite producers to a grading workshop following last year’s successful event. This year’s Making the Grade workshop will take place July 26 at Lakeland College in Vermilion and will include sessions

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Jun 13

AgCoalition to host meetings across Alberta aimed at strengthening the producer voice during the Government of Alberta’s Farm Safety consultation sessions

Posted on Jun 13 By: AgCoalition

(Calgary, Alberta) June 13, 2016 – The AgCoalition will host three meetings across Alberta this month to engage farmers, ranchers and their employees on farm and ranch safety-related subject matter. The meetings are intended to gather input and strengthen the producer voice in preparation for the Government of Alberta’s consultation sessions. The AgCoalition’s producer representation,

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Jun 2

Alberta’s Crop Commissions hire Ipsos Reid to survey farms’ sustainability practices

Posted on Jun 2 By: Farmer Sustainability Extension Working Group

Alberta’s four major crop commissions are addressing a growing need for the grain sector to meet high sustainability standards needed to maintain and expand international market competitiveness. The crop commissions contracted Ipsos Reid to conduct a phone survey of Alberta growers in late June to gain a better understanding of farmers’ readiness to benefit from

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May 2

Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group hires extension coordinator to boost on-farm sustainability awareness

Posted on May 2 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) May 2, 2016 –The Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group (FSEWG) is pleased to announce that Jolene Noble of Manning, Alberta, has been hired as an Extension Coordinator to develop, coordinate, and implement an extension program to increase Alberta producers’ awareness of on-farm sustainability. Organized by the FSEWG with funding support from Alberta Agriculture

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Apr 25

Extension of Bill C-30 Provisions is good news for Canada’s grain and oilseed farmers

Posted on Apr 25 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) April 25, 2016 – Alberta’s crop commissions are pleased to learn that the Federal Government has signaled its intension to extend measures within the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act that have helped improve railway accountability and competition. The postponement of the August 1, 2016 repeal of these measures aligns with recommendations made

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Apr 19

Alberta Crop Commissions, Grain Growers of Canada meet with elected officials as part of Team Alberta lobby mission

Posted on Apr 19 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) April 19, 2016 – The Alberta crop commissions, along with our colleagues at the Grain Growers of Canada spent last week on parliament hill to meet with top decision makers from Canada’s major political parties and discuss priorities for Alberta grain producers. Key priorities of the Team Alberta delegation included grain transportation reform,

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Mar 10

AgCoalition formalizes plans for a producer-led structure to engage the agriculture community on Bill 6

Posted on Mar 10 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) March 10, 2016 – The AgCoalition is pleased to announce that they have formed an Industry Leadership Advisory Committee (ILAC); a producer-led group that will guide AgCoalition initiatives from engaging with farmer and rancher peers to representing their interests in the consultation phase of Bill 6. The ILAC builds on the positive momentum

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Feb 26

Alberta Barley ‘concerned’ over CTA review results

Posted on Feb 26 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) February 25, 2016 – On news that The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has tabled the Canada Transportation Act review report in Parliament, Alberta Barley’s board of directors have indicated their reservations regarding the recommendations made in the report. “We are concerned that aspects of these recommendations did not go far enough

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Feb 25

Agriculture Minister, AgCoalition agree to work together on safety

Posted on Feb 25 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) February 25, 2016 – The newly-established Alberta Agricultural Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition and the Government of Alberta would like to take this opportunity to provide the following update: Following a meeting yesterday, Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and the Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition (the AgCoalition), reached a go-forward agreement on

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Feb 23

Tax credit available for Alberta’s barley farmers

Posted on Feb 23 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) Feb. 23, 2016 – Alberta barley farmers who did not request a refund of their check-off dollars will qualify for a 2015 Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit. “Our number one priority is research and ensuring that we maximize the potential of barley,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter. “Without the support

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Feb 22

AgCoalition announces new governance structure, communications protocols and plans for Provincial Government consultation sessions

Posted on Feb 22 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) February 22, 2016 – The Alberta Agriculture Farm And Ranch Safety Coalition (The AgCoalition) is pleased to announce new measures that align with the mandate to unify the farm and ranch community in effort to foster a culture of farm safety in Alberta. Measures include a formalized governance structure, new communications and producer

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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

Alberta’s barley farmers welcome signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted on Feb 4 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) Feb. 4, 2016 – On news that the Government of Canada has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Alberta’s barley farmers welcome the development and urge the rapid implementation of this landmark deal. “The TPP will have a significant impact on beef and pork exports into Japan,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter.

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Jan 25

Coalition meeting paves the way for unified agriculture industry approach to upcoming provincial government Bill 6 consultations

Posted on Jan 25 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta), Jan 25, 2016 – The newly formed crop and livestock sector coalition is pleased to announce that their January 22nd meeting was an unprecedented success, resulting in a unified voice on Bill 6 as the agriculture industry progresses toward upcoming government consultations. The coalition, co-hosted by the Crop Sector Working Group (CSWG) and

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Jan 15

Alberta’s crop commissions urge farmers, ranchers and farm workers to participate in online survey to garner Bill 6 feedback

Posted on Jan 15 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta), January 15, 2014 – Alberta’s crop commissions, consisting of elected farmer representatives, are urging farmers, ranchers and farm workers to complete a survey designed to garner feedback on the regulations relating to Bill 6. Survey results will provide an important knowledge base for members of the Crop Sector Working Group (CSWG) as our

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Jan 8

Bill 6 update for Alberta’s barley farmers

Posted on Jan 8 By: Alberta Barley

Alberta Barley is very disappointed that the Government of Alberta chose to force the passage of the amended Bill 6 through the legislature on December 10, 2015. The voice of farmers was consistent regarding the lack of consultation and especially the lack of clarity about how the Bill would impact farmers and ranchers across the

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Dec 15

Alberta Barley board re-elects chairman and vice-chairman

Posted on Dec 15 By: Sydney Duhaime

(Calgary, Alberta) December 15, 2015 – Alberta Barley’s board of directors have re-elected director-at-large Mike Ammeter as chairman and region three director Jason Lenz as vice-chairman following the commission’s 2015 annual general meeting last week. “I had a great first year as chairman with Alberta Barley and I am honoured to have been re-elected,” said Ammeter.

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Dec 10

Alberta Crop Commissions continue to press for farmer and industry consultation in the wake of Bill 6 passing

Posted on Dec 10 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) December 10, 2015 – The Alberta government today passed Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, despite requests from farmers and industry to delay the legislation and allow for proper consultation. “The crop commissions are disappointed with the lack of consultation and communication around the development and implementation of

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Nov 30

Alberta crop commissions urge government to seek real consultation and for farmers to speak out on Bill 6

Posted on Nov 30 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) November 30, 2015 – As the future of farm safety policy takes shape, Alberta’s crop commissions, comprised of elected farmer representatives, are urging their members to be active and speak out about the new farm safety and labour legislation, Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (Bill 6). The commissions also call

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Nov 27

New director-at-large elected, two farmers acclaimed to Alberta Barley board

Posted on Nov 27 By: Sydney Duhaime

(Calgary, Alberta) November 27, 2015 – Two Alberta Barley directors have been acclaimed to the board and one farmer has been elected as director-at-large following Alberta Barley’s 2015 regional meetings. Region five director Bryan Adam (Stony Plain) and region six director Gerald Finster (Valleyview) will return for a second term, while Shane DeBock (Barrhead) will replace

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Nov 17

Alberta Barley invites Government of Alberta to work with farmers on safety legislation

Posted on Nov 17 By: Cole Christensen

(Calgary, Alberta) Nov. 17, 2015 – On news that the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour has removed the agriculture exemption from The Occupational Health and Safety Act, and has introduced new legislation regarding Employment Standards, Labour Relations, and Workers Compensation, Alberta Barley is hopeful that the province’s crop commissions will

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Nov 4

Alberta Barley welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau and incoming cabinet

Posted on Nov 4 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) Nov. 4, 2015 – Alberta Barley would like to extend sincere congratulations to Prime Minister Trudeau, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and the rest of the cabinet following this morning’s swearing-in ceremony. “We have always had a productive relationship with the Government of Canada,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter. “I am

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Oct 5

Alberta’s barley farmers applaud Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted on Oct 5 By: Cole Christensen

(Calgary, Alberta) October 5, 2015 – On news that an agreement regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been reached, Alberta’s barley farmers are poised to reap the benefits of this landmark deal. “The TPP will have a significant impact on the bottom line for Alberta’s barley farmers,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter. “It will provide unprecedented

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Sep 28

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan and partners complete sustainable sourcing study

Posted on Sep 28 By: Sydney Duhaime

(Calgary, Alberta) September 28, 2015 – Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (Alberta EFP) is making changes to better align the program with international sustainable sourcing standards for environmental practices. The changes will streamline the process of certifying on-farm sustainability practices and will better fulfill end-user requirements. These improvements emerged from a recent comparative study conducted by Alberta EFP, Alberta Wheat

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Sep 1

Alberta Barley calls on farmers to get involved

Posted on Sep 1 By: Sydney Duhaime

(Calgary, Alberta) September 1, 2015 – Alberta Barley is asking the province’s barley farmers to get involved, and submit their nominations for the commission’s upcoming director elections. “I first joined Alberta Barley as a delegate to learn about my industry,” said Alberta Barley chairman and director-at-large Mike Ammeter. “Over the years, I have learned how important

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Sep 1

Alberta farmers ready to participate in occupational health and safety consultation

Posted on Sep 1 By: Cole Christensen

(Calgary, Alberta) Sept. 1, 2015 – As the future of farm safety policy takes shape, Alberta’s crop commissions, comprised of elected farmer representatives, are ready and willing to contribute to the discussion. “Alberta’s crop commissions look forward to working with the Government of Alberta on this critical issue,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter. “Our

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Aug 4

Alberta Barley hires new general manager

Posted on Aug 4 By: Cole Christensen

(Calgary, Alberta) Aug. 4, 2015 – Alberta Barley’s board of directors are pleased to announce that Rob Davies has been hired as the general manager of the commission. “Having spent my entire career working in agriculture across Western Canada, I am very excited for this opportunity to work with Alberta farmers and the Alberta Barley

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Jun 29

Refund deadline for the Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program is July 31

Posted on Jun 29 By: Sydney Duhaime

Calgary, AB (June 29, 2015) – Alberta Barley is reminding farmers in Western Canada that the upcoming July 31, 2015 deadline for refund applications under the Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program is fast approaching. Administered by Alberta Barley, the five-year transitional Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program was established on August 1, 2012 via regulations under

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Mar 17

Interim position assigned for Alberta Barley general manager

Posted on Mar 17 By: Sydney Duhaime

(Calgary, Alberta) March 17, 2015 — Alberta Barley has appointed Syeda Khurram and Linda Whitworth to share the role of general manager on an interim basis following the Board of Directors’ meeting. Khurram and Whitworth are senior managers and have worked at Alberta Barley since 2011. Khurram, finance and HR manager, and Whitworth, market development

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Dec 15

Alberta Barley board appoints new chairman and vice-chairman

Posted on Dec 15 By: Sydney Duhaime

Jason Lenz, vice-chairman and Mike Ammeter, chairman in Banff following the 2014 AGM. (Calgary, Alberta) December 15, 2014 – Alberta Barley’s board of directors elected region three director-at-large and former vice-chairman Mike Ammeter as chairman following their annual general meeting last week. “I am honoured to have been elected as the new chairman of Alberta Barley,” said

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Oct 24

Barley and oat farmers congratulate Cereals Canada – Provincial organizations anticipate working together

Posted on Oct 24 By: admin

(Calgary, Alberta) October 23, 2013 – Alberta Barley, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SBDC), and the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) would like to congratulate Cereals Canada on their establishment and look forward to working with them on issues of common interest. “We anticipate working with Cereals Canada on issues of national and international importance, largely through our participation in

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Oct 18

CETA secures future for Alberta barley farmers

Posted on Oct 18 By: admin

(Calgary, Alberta) October 18, 2013 – Alberta Barley is optimistic that the newly signed Canada–European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will help to secure our agricultural future and unlock the significant potential for further global trade. “Alberta’s barley farmers are excited about CETA and what it means for our future,” said Alberta Barley

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Oct 16

Finalizing CETA will open doors for Alberta barley farmers

Posted on Oct 16 By: admin

(Calgary, Alberta) October 16, 2013 – Alberta Barley is urging our federal and provincial governments to finalize the Canada–European Union Comprehensive and  Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) in order to secure our agricultural future and strengthen global trade. “Farmers around Alberta have plenty of reason to urge for CETA to be concluded,” said Alberta Barley Chairman

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Sep 23

Alberta Barley unveils new logo

Posted on Sep 23 By: admin

(Calgary, Alberta) September 23, 2013 – Alberta Barley revealed its new logo today that represents Alberta’s vibrant farming landscape. The new logo features a sunburst of barley rich in the land against the backdrop of the iconic Alberta Rockies. The image is meant to reflect Alberta’s supreme barley-growing conditions. “Our new logo tells the story

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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 20

Alberta barley farmers applaud grassroots leadership

Posted on Jun 20 By: admin

Calgary, AB (June 20, 2013) – Praise is rolling in from Alberta barley farmers as they congratulate their Saskatchewan counterparts on the establishment of new Wheat and Barley Development Commissions. The announcement was made during the Farm Progress Show in Regina. The two commissions will be producer-elected and directed, ensuring Saskatchewan wheat and barley farmers

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May 21

New Interim President for Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

Posted on May 21 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) May 21, 2013  – Alberta Barley (ABC) is pleased to announce that Commission general manager, Lisa Skierka, has been named interim president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). Skierka fills the vacancy left by CAFTA’s departing president Richard Phillips. Phillips was recently appointed president of the Canada Grains Council, a position he

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Apr 17

Alberta Barley supports proposed amendments to Western Canadian deduction

Posted on Apr 17 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) April 17, 2013 — Alberta Barley (ABC) stands behind the federal government’s proposed amendments to the current Western Canadian wheat and barley deduction regulations. Changes to The Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistance (Wheat and Barley) will give the ABC up to 90 days to process refunds after the end of

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Apr 2

University lab manager joins ABC

Posted on Apr 2 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) April 2, 2013 – Alberta Barley is proud to announce to the hire of Garson Law, the organization’s new research manager. Law joins the Commission after 16 years at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he studied and worked in research capacities including bio-­‐preservation, bio-­‐refining and medical research. His Master’s degree focused

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Mar 20

Canada’s homegrown superfood set to take centre stage

Posted on Mar 20 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) March 20, 2013 — Barley is finally getting the recognition it deserves with a new consumer website—www.GoBarley.com—a one-stop-shop for everything barley. The website features over 60 brand new recipes from mains dishes to desserts, as well as a series of barley “how to videos” and multiple blog posts from nutritionists and foodies. Aimed

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Mar 8

Commissions appreciate being spared from deep cuts in PC’s 2013-14

Posted on Mar 8 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) March 8, 2013 — Following a conference call with Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development (AARD) Minister Verlyn Olson the evening of March 7, Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission learned the extent of the cuts to agriculture. The ministry slashed $44.8 million from its operating and capital budgets, including the province’s six-cent

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Feb 28

Barley Council of Canada (BCC) announces Board of Directors

Posted on Feb 28 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) February 28, 2013 – The first Board of Directors for the Barley Council of Canada (BCC) is now in place. The organization is modeled after groups like the Canola Council of Canada and Pulse Canada, but the BCC’s board is equally distributed between farmers and industry members from across Canada. “As industry members

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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 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 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)

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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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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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