With in-person conferences cancelled, Alberta’s wheat and barley commissions have posted several new videos on their YouTube channel.
One is a virtual version of the annual ‘Chops and Crops’ roundtable, in which reps from nine commodity commissions (canola, wheat, barley, pulses, potatoes, oats, sugar beet, pork and beekeepers) discuss policy issues with Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen.
Normally the event is a live affair featuring an array of food and beverages made in Alberta.
“It goes without saying that tonight’s event looks a lot different,” said Alberta Wheat chair Todd Hames. “But this year has taught us the art of adapting, so here we are.”
Also on the site is a year in review for Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley and the video version of Alberta Barley’s recent AGM.
The latter includes several presentations on ag research: Dreeshen speaking on the province’s research plans, an update on Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), and Olds College president Stuart Cullum on changes at the Field Crop Development Centre.
The province is largely exiting ag research and instead providing RDAR, an arm’s-length agency, with $37 million annually to fund research projects. As part of that move, Olds College has taken over the Field Crop Development Centre’s barley-breeding program.
The videos can be found at the ‘Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions’ YouTube page.