CALGARY, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 have the resources and leadership
needed to stay competitive at all levels.
"The creation of Saskatchewan's wheat and barley commissions will
substantially increase farmer input into the grain industry in that
province," said Matt Sawyer, ABC chairman. "At the Alberta Barley
Commission we are excited to collaborate with these new groups as we
seek to find new ways to generate innovation in the barley and wheat
Wheat and barley represent close to one-third of the annual crop acreage
in Saskatchewan. The province also accounts for an average of 50 per
cent of Western Canada's wheat (11.5 million acres) and 35 per cent of
its barley (three million acres). The two commissions will be fully
operational by the end of 2013.
The Alberta Barley Commission is a grassroots, not-for-profit
organization directed, funded and controlled by the province's barley
farmers. The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market
development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of
SOURCE: Alberta Barley Commission
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