Policy Initiatives

Getting involved with policy both provincially and nationally

As agriculture policy issues surface, Alberta Barley is poised to join the discussion with our federal and provincial governments as well as develop advocacy initiatives that have farmers’ best interests in mind. Collaboration has been key in building our momentum. We often work closely with other provincial farm organizations as well as our national organizations; Cereals Canada and Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) to strengthen agriculture’s voice when it comes to addressing challenges faced by farmers.

Through regular meetings and consultations with government representatives at both the provincial and national level on agriculture policy issues, Alberta Barley has developed strong working relationships with all major political parties. We continue to leverage our government relations efforts to support Alberta’s barley farmers on current and new policy issues.

Current Key Issues

Serving as the farmer voice on key provincial and national policy issues, Alberta Barley is frequently balancing multiple key issues. Each of the tiles below are the most timely and relevant issues our policy and government relations team is working on. Within each tile a summary of the issue is provided paired with Alberta Barley's is involved as the farmer voice and links to supportive documents. 

Below is our full list of policy issues and efforts the commissions' advocate for on behalf of farmers. To learn more about issues at a provincial and national level, please use the "provincial" and "national" filters and through our historical archive.



Consultation on: reducing emissions arising from the application of fertilizer in Canada's agricultural sector

The Government of Canada’s proposed national target, announced in the “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy Plan”, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising fro…

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Grain by Rail

The use of rail transport is critical to the agricultural sector in Canada, its maintenance and investment is fundamental to moving wheat and barley to global export markets. Howev…

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Mandatory Entry Level Training

 On March 1st, 2019, the Government of Alberta implemented Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for all persons seeking to obtain a class 1 licence in the province. Although …

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Well-site Issues

Oil and Gas wells are often located on agricultural land. Companies who own and operate these wells lease the land from the landowners, often a business or person involved in agric…

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Regulatory Changes to Fusarium graminerium in Alberta

 On June 3, 2020, the Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry signed a ministerial order removing Fusarium graminerium (Fg) from the Pest and…

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Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade

While farmers have congratulated the Government of Canada for the reduction of tariffs through the continued development of international trade agreements, novel barriers have begu…

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Team Alberta represents a working collaboration between Alberta’s eight crop commissions: Alberta Barley, Alberta Beekeepers Commission, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta-British Columbia Seed Growers, Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission and the Potato Growers of Alberta. Together, Team Alberta Crops combines resources to strengthen the voice of Alberta's crop sector through advocacy, promotion of sustainability, ensuing long-term market access and providing policy input to government.