The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC) has committed more than $1.5 million over five years to a core breeding agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the group says in a news release on Oct. 26.
“Public barley breeding is crucial to Canada’s agriculture sector and the barley varieties AAFC has produced to date are a tremendous return to the farmer investment in this program,” Jason Skotheim, CRBC chair says in the release
The agreement ensures western Canadian farmers will have continued access to premium barley varieties from AAFC for years to come, the release notes.
CBRC is a collaboration between Alberta Barley, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission and the Manitoba Crop Alliance. It was officially formed earlier this year, the release notes. CBRC also assumed responsibility for farmer funding of barley varietal development from the Western Grains Research Foundation.