The Alberta Barley Commission is holding its six regional meetings across the province in November. The meetings are a time for farmers to learn about the past fiscal year, hear from top agriculture speakers, look ahead to new commission initiatives and find out how barley can work on their farms.
“It’s been a big year for barley and we are excited to share the success stories from the past year such as our food barley health claim,” said Matt Sawyer, commission chairman and region two director.
With many new projects underway, the commission has delegate positions available for farmers in each of its six regions. Anyone who has left their barley checkoff with the commission for the past three years may run for a delegate position and can self-nominate from the floor at their meeting.
“Being a delegate is a great opportunity to become more involved in the barley industry,” said Sawyer. “As a delegate, you are a voice for farmers in your region and work closely with your director. It’s one more way farmers can drive our commission and the barley industry in a positive way.”
These regional meetings will be held:
- Region 1 — Lethbridge on Nov. 21 (four delegate positions available and three delegates eligible for re-election)
- Region 2 — Three Hills on Nov. 15 (Six delegate positions available and seven delegates eligible for re-election)
- Region 3 — Lacombe on Nov. 28 (Two delegate positions available)
- Region 4 — Vermillion on Nov. 22 (Four delegate positions available and three delegates eligible for re-election)
- Region 5 — Westlock on Nov. 30 (Two delegate positions available and one delegate eligible for re-election)
- Region 6 — Fairview on Nov. 21 (Two delegate positions available and two delegates eligible for re-election)
Following regional meetings is the Commission’s annual general meeting in Banff on Dec. 6. Presentations will be made by industry stakeholders, scientists and researchers. Topics will include barley breeding, malting contracts and international trade.