GFM Network News


Bishop stays on as chair of Alberta Barley

Dave Bishop will continue as chair of Alberta Barley for a second year. Bishop, who farms near Barons, is entering his final year on the farm group’s board. Wade McAllister, who farms near Innisfail, will serve as vice-chair. He joined the board a year ago and said “taking on a leadership role in the barley […] Read more

Prairie cereals summit coming in December

Event takes place Dec. 11-12

The second annual Prairie Cereals Summit will take place Dec. 11-12, 2019 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The event, put on by Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat, will feature a presentation on international trade by former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. As well, former CropLife CEO Ted Menzies will discuss the creation of an agricultural […] Read more



Barley organization to streamline

Alberta Barley is welcoming the Barley Council of Canada’s decision to undergo a “strategic realignment.” Changes will involve collaboration on delivery of service and sharing of resources with Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute. The move follows a review by the Barley Roundtable, an initiative […] Read more



Alberta Barley seeking nominations

Deadline is Oct. 31

Alberta Barley is seeking nominations for 25 positions — two directors in Regions 5 and 6; one director-at-large for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 6; and 22 delegate spots. Any farmers seeking a director or director-at-large position must submit paperwork via fax to Alberta Barley at 1-403-291-0190 or by email to [email protected] by Oct. 31. […] Read more


There’s a risk that Bill C-49 won’t become law as the House of Commons only sits until June 22 to leave for summer break.

Transport bill delays blasted

Delays in passing Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, means farmers could see another crop year with no mechanisms in place to hold the railways accountable, say the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley. Read more: Grain groups rip lawmakers over derailed transport bill Political manoeuvring has stalled the legislation and there’s an increasing risk […] Read more

Checkoff tax credits available for farmers

Alberta Barley advises farmers that 17 per cent of their 2017 checkoff payment is eligible for the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit. Farmers must include Form T661 with their tax return along with either Form T2SCH31 (incorporated businesses) or Form T2038 (individuals). Farmers can learn more about the SR&ED program by visiting […] Read more


Jason Lenz continues as Alberta Barley chair

Alberta Barley’s board of directors has re-elected Jason Lenz as chair and Dave Bishop as vice-chair. Lenz has been with Alberta Barley since becoming a delegate in 2009 and farms 2,500 acres of canola, wheat, barley, and fababeans near Bentley and also has a small cow-calf herd. Bishop, who farms near Barons, has been a […] Read more

Have your say on new national food policy

Alberta farmers are being urged to participate in online consultations on the federal government’s new national food policy. “We are pleased to see the federal government engaging with stakeholders across the food industry,” said Jason Lenz, Alberta Barley chair. “The input of farmers in particular will add perspective to this complex policy objective.” Ottawa is […] Read more