Farmer checkoff to support malt barley research

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre in Winnipeg has reached a new funding agreement that will provide stable, long-term support for operations that benefit Canada’s malting barley value chain.

The centre announced Sept 6 that it will continue to receive funding from Alberta Barley, the Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers Association and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley).

The new funding agreement took effect July 31 and will replace the Western Canadian Deduction checkoff, which provided the CMBTC with three cents per tonne of barley delivered to Canadian Grain Commission licensed companies over the past five years.

The three provincial barley associations have taken over the collection and administration of the checkoff and have agreed to continue providing funding support to CMBTC operations, which include brewing research, market development and support services for buyers of Canadian malting barley and finished malt.

“One of our main goals at SaskBarley is to strengthen the competitiveness of Saskatchewan’s barley industry and the CMBTC supports this goal by facilitating programs that aim to commercialize Canadian malting barley,” said SaskBarley chair Jason Skotheim in a Sept. 6 news release.

“Alberta Barley recognizes the value of the CMBTC’s expertise in malting and brewing and their work to help create and sustain markets for Alberta’s malting barley farmers,” added Alberta Barley chair Jason Lenz. “It’s part of the Canadian quality brand recognized by our international customers.”

Canada is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of malting barley and malt, with combined domestic and international sales revenues of $1 billion annually.

CMBTC managing director Peter Watts said farmer support furnished through the provincial barley commissions will allow the CMBTC to continue its programming, which includes work aimed at introducing promising new varieties to our domestic and international customers.

“With improved yield and disease resistance, and equal or better quality than existing varieties, the new lines will create value for farmers and help make malting barley an attractive crop to grow,” Watts said.

Contact brian.cross@producer.com

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