Funding Process

Alberta Barley’s research committee is composed of select farmers from our board of directors and delegates, and holds the decision-making power for project funding. The research committee is supported by staff including the director of research, the research project manager and the agronomy research extension specialist. To provide expertise in specific areas, industry experts are called upon to advise the committee on research projects. 

Current farmer members of the Alberta Barley research committee include:

  • Dick Wymenga, Director - Region 3
  • Connie Matson, Director - Region 3
  • Clint Jacula, Director - Region 4
  • Brent Konstapel, Director - Region 6
  • Brad Berger, Delegate - Region 1
  • Ryan Flitton, Delegate - Region 1
  • Gordon Ellis, Delegate - Region 2
  • Glen Gatemen, Delegate - Region 2
  • Jessica Dugdale, Delegate - Region 2
  • Melissa Damiani, Delegate - Region 3
  • John Mayko, Delegate - Region 4
  • Aaron Young, Delegate - Region 6

How are research funding decisions made? 

Alberta Barley participates in several collaborative funding calls each year. Alberta Barley is a member of the Agricultural Funding Consortium in Alberta and participates in the Ag Development Fund process in Saskatchewan. Barley-focused research proposals from other provinces are forwarded to us for consideration by our research partners.

This process allows for an annual “one-window” approach to funding research. Collaborative processes enhance the leveraging of producer funding by including multiple interested industry co-funders, as well as government sources. 

Alberta Barley also collaborates with research partners in larger national funding opportunities.

Click for more information on the Agricultural Funding Consortium and the Ag Development Fund.

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