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Boosting average barley yields to 95 bushels an acre in the next decade is a key part of Alberta Barley’s strategy to revitalize the sector. Pictured in this Alberta Barley video is the Field Crop Development Centre at Lacombe.

Bold new plan aims to generate some new love for barley

New action plan targets seven million barley acres and yields of 95 bushels per acre by 2028

The current state of Canada’s barley industry is grim. “Barley’s piece of the pie is shrinking,” said Shannon Sereda, manager of market development and policy for Alberta Barley. “It’s no longer in a dominant position like it once was in Western Canada.” Barley acres across the Prairies have been in a long-term decline, Sereda said […] Read more

New leaders at Alberta Barley, Alberta Milk, and Grain Growers of Canada

New Year brings new faces on the boards and executives of farm groups

With a new year dawning, a host of producers are assuming farm leadership roles or taking on new ones. At Alberta Barley, Jason Lenz has stepped up to chair (from vice-chair) after Sylvan Lake producer and past chair Mike Ammeter “termed out” after serving on the board of directors for the last six years. “It’s […] Read more


Since Japan buys 150,000 tonnes of Canadian barley yearly, 
eliminating the country’s $113-per-tonne tariff would boost 
its value by nearly $17 million.

Trade deal could be a ‘huge’ shot in the arm for barley acres

Barley acres have been plunging, but the Pacific trade pact could be a game changer

Barley could get a major boost from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. “The potential to value add on a feed product, which is usually considered to be the bottom end of the market, is huge here, and that’s much better than exporting a raw product,” said Doug Robertson, president of the Western Barley Growers Association. […] Read more