Alberta Barley Commission Receives $8 Million to Fund Barley Research Cluster

A total of 28 research projects focused on expanding or improving barley’s use as feed, food and malt will receive funding under a new Barley National Research Cluster, spearheaded by the Alberta Barley Commission.

Newly re-appointed federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz was on hand last week to make the $8 million announcement.

“This is a game changer for the future of barley,” ABC chairman Matt Sawyer said in a press release. “With an investment like this, barley producers will reap the rewards of innovation for years to come.”

According to Sawyer, the Barley National Research Cluster projects aim to increase the competitiveness of the Canadian barley sector by focusing on market-driven factors that stimulate the demand for barley, while incorporating scientific advances to reduce the expenses and risks that producers face when growing barley.

The Alberta Barley Commission will work closely with the Barley Council of Canada on managing these projects. Both groups are committed to accelerating the development of all classes of barley varieties through the adoption of best practices in technology, agronomic methods, crop management, breeding and genetic techniques, as stated in a press release.

The cluster is supported under the AgriInnovation Program, a five-year initiative of up to $698 million that is designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation by supporting research, development, commercialization, and adoption of innovative products, technologies, and services. The terms of this investment are subject to the signing of contribution and collaboration agreements.

For more on the barley projects and the Barley National Research Cluster, visit www.AlbertaBarley.com

 

RealAgriculture News Team

A team effort of RealAgriculture's videographers and editorial staff to make sure that you have the latest in what is happening in agriculture.

Trending

Why invest in growing hemp?

Hemp is often seen as a new crop, and in retrospect, it still is. Only allowed to be grown in Canada since 1998, there haven't been the decades of research and experience with hemp as with other crops. Jan Slaski, senior researcher with Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, based in Vegreville Alberta, says that southern…Read more »

Related

Leave a Reply