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Deadlines for new SCIC malting barley insurance program

Last week, the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation announced that it would expand its Contract Price Option to include malt barley. In order to participate in this program, producers must do the following by March 31, 2018:

  • Endorse the crop they want to insure
  • Endorse the contract price option

By the deadline of May 31, 2018

  • Provide a copy of their priced contract to SCIC

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Please note: Producers can use the SCIC Contract Price Option calculator to determine what their insured price will be.

For more information:

Call: 1-888-935-0000
Or stop into your local Crop Insurance Office

CropSphere 2018 presentations now available

Looking for a presentation from CropSphere 2018? All available presentations are now posted on the CropSphere website.

SaskBarley Board Chair, Vice-Chair to remain unchanged

The SaskBarley Board of Directors voted today that the Board Chair and Vice-Chair would remain unchanged for 2018/2019.

The current Chair will remain Jason Skotheim, and the current Vice-Chair will remain Brent Johnson.

SaskBarley Board of Directors to Remain Unchanged

The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) announced today that the three positions up for election on its Board of Directors have been filled by the three incumbents of these positions, Jason Skotheim of Saskatoon, Brent Johnson of Strasbourg, and Allen Kuhlmann of Vanguard.

The nomination period for these positions closed this past Friday, September 15, at 4PM.

All three of the acclaimed Directors have been serving on the Board since SaskBarley’s first elected Board of Directors took office in January 2014 and are eager to continue making progress in pursuing the organization’s strategic goals.

“Barley growers in Saskatchewan have sent us a message that our Board is on the right track and that no major changes are required,” says Skotheim, who also serves as Board Chair. “We will take this feedback and continue our work to ensure that barley has a strong future as a Saskatchewan crop.”

“One of the areas of particular interest to me is growing the market opportunities for barley as a key feed ingredient,” says Johnson, who also serves as Vice-Chair. “One of my priorities going forward will be to continue to pursue research investments that will explore and confirm the valuable role that barley can play as feed so that we can establish sustainable growth in demand for this crop.”

“One of our greatest challenges for barley is ensuring that growers can continue to profitably grow this crop, and that there is sustainable and diverse demand for it,” says Kuhlmann, who serves as Finance Chair and who brings with him many years’ of experience on other agricultural Boards, including the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission. “This is a long-term endeavor, which I am pleased we will be able to continue to work on with the same committed Directors that helped form SaskBarley’s original strategic plan in 2014.”

For more information, please contact:

Delaney Seiferling
Communications Manager

CMBTC to Receive Continued Funding from Prairie Barley Commissions

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) announced today it will continue to receive funding from Alberta Barley, the Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) to support its operations serving Canada’s malting barley value chain.

The announcement comes after the July 31 conclusion of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD) check-off, which provided the CMBTC with $0.03 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 check-off for their respective provinces and committed to continue supporting the valued work the CMBTC provides to prairie farmers.

“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,” says Jason Skotheim, SaskBarley Board Chair.

“The MWBGA is pleased to partner with SaskBarley and Alberta Barley to provide core funding to the CMBTC,” says Fred Greig, MWBGA Board Chair. “The CMBTC is a leader in providing market support, technical services and training to the malting barley value chain and its customers, with the goal of improving net returns for Manitoba and Canadian barley farmers.”

“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,” says Jason Lenz, Alberta Barley Board Chair. “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.

“Continued funding from farmers will support the CMBTC’s operations, including our work to introduce promising new varieties to our domestic and international customers,” says Peter Watts, Managing Director of the CMBTC. “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.”

About the CMBTC
Founded in 2000, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre supports the commercialization of Canadian malting barley and malt through applied malting and brewing research and technical support to members and customers. The CMBTC is a national, independent, non-profit organization with funding provided by members of the malting barley, malt and brewing industries, farmers, and provincial and federal governments.

SaskBarley July 2017 newsletter

Our July 2017 newsletter is now available.

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Producer coalition seeks extension of Bill C-30

The producer coalition made up of the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (Sask Barley), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), is calling on the federal government to extend the provisions in Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, past the August 1, 2017 expiration date (should new legislation on the transportation of grain not be passed prior to the House of Commons rising in June).

To support this, the group submitted a letter to Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau this week.

Read the full  letter

Barley SR&ED Credit for 2015/16

SaskBarley has been approved for a SR&ED credit of 17.09% for 2015/2016

What is SR&ED

Producers who pay check-off to SaskBarley are eligible to earn a federal investment tax credit through the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. The tax credit is based on the amount of check-off funds spent on research and development that meet specific criteria set out by the Canada Revenue Agency.

For information on the federal SR&ED investment tax credit, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Other Saskatchewan crops are also eligible for SR&ED credits, including pulses, flax, canola and oats. For more information, please visit their respective websites.

Producer Groups Provide Leadership in Wheat & Barley Breeding

SaskBarley is part of a working group facilitated by the Western Grains Research Foundation to examine opportinities for producer involvement in wheat and barley variety development.

In 2015, the working group engaged JRG Consulting Group to explore a range of opportunities for producer involvement and leadership in wheat and barley variety development. The consultant’s report was recently received by the working group. The report emphasizes the importance of continued and increased public, producer and private industry investment in wheat and barley variety development, and the benefits to producers. The report identifies and evaluates five options for producers to intensify their leadership and realize the benefits of future variety development.

The public reports and press release are available here:

Press Release – Producer Groups Support Wheat Barley Breeding

JRG Consulting Wheat Barley Breeding Executive Summary

JRG Consulting Wheat Barley Breeding Report

JRG Consulting Wheat Barley Breeding Report Annexes

SaskBarley November newsletter

Our November newsletter is now available!

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