SaskBarley scholarships nurture the next generation of reseachers

The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) has issued two, $5000 graduate-level scholarships for 2019. The scholarship program, newly introduced in 2019, is a channel for SaskBarley to invest in university students who are carrying out research that meets SaskBarley’s long-term goals, says Board Chair Jason Skotheim.

“Our organization’s mission is to help ensure barley is a long term, profitable and internationally competitive crop choice for Saskatchewan producers,” he says. “Specifically, we are interested in increasing production and value for barley producers, of both malt and feed varieties. Our two successful applicants this year are both doing innovative and exciting work in these areas.”

The two successful applicants for 2019 are:

  • Fan Yang. A PhD student in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Plant Sciences, Fan is currently researching Ruhq, a gene that is resistant to covered smut, with the overall goal of helping breeders incorporate effective covered smut resistance into future varieties by developing tightly linked molecular markers to the Ruhq
  • Coleman Nixdorff. Currently completing a Master’s degree in the University of Saskatchewan’s Animal Science program, Coleman is researching how processing feed barley affects the performance parameters, carcass qualities and starch digestibility of finishing feedlot cattle. His overall goal is to quantify the economic benefit of barley as feed, in order to maintain and increase demand for Western Canadian feed barley.

SaskBarley received several impressive applications for its scholarship program this year, Skotheim says.

“It was difficult to narrow it down to just two recipients and our board was encouraged to hear about the high quality research that is happening in Western Canada specific to barley. We thank all applications and hope they will consider our program again in coming years.”

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Delaney Seiferling
Communications Manager