During the annual CropSphere conference held at Saskatoon, Sask., Prairie barley commissions announced the formation of the Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC). The national not-for-profit organization will facilitate long-term investments aimed at improving profitability and competitiveness for Western Canadian barley farmers, according to a news release.
The CBRC is made up of the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), Alberta Barley, and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA).
“The coalition was founded by western Canadian barley organizations interested in pursuing research-led breakthroughs in science and agronomics that will expand the relative economic competitiveness of barley. As CBRC evolves we will be looking for other members to join CBRC for a true national value chain approach to research,” says SaskBarley chair, Jason Skotheim.
CBRC will work together in funding regional and national research projects in variety development and agronomy, including core barley breeding agreements with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC). The organization will also provide funding for qualifying regional projects that align with variety development and agronomic priorities.
Up first for the newly formed group will be to renew its core breeding contracts with the CDC and AAFC.