Barley Development Council

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The 7th Canadian Barley Symposium was held July 8 - 10th, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta. It was hosted by the Barley Development Council and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and held in conjunction with the National meeting of the Canadian Seed Growers Association.

The 2013 Report of the Barley Development Council has been released. The 2013 Report includes lists of players in the research community and research projects, directions for research on feed food and malt and a report on the 7th Canadian Barley Symposium.


The Barley Development Council is moving into its sixteenth year of operations, it was officially formed at its first annual meeting on June 14, 1994. Ten years later, on June 17th, 2004, the Barley Development Council was incorporated as a non-profit society under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act and Letters Patent bearing that date were issued. Incorporation has allowed the Council to manage the Canadian Barley Symposium, support the various conferences and competitions related to the barley industry in Canada, as well as managing the money needed for administration and publishing.

The Council’s membership consists of private and public groups with an interest in barley. At present, that includes barley producers, barley users, government institutions and the scientific community from across Western Canada. It is comprised of a broad cross section of the industry, from producers to consumers.

The Barley Development Council has two appointed technical committees to help achieve its objectives:
Animal Feed which is composed of three areas: Feed Barley Research (including quality), Agronomic Research and Pests (Pathology and Entomology).
Food, Malt & Industrial Uses.

The members of the technical committees include producers, industry representatives and scientists with special knowledge and understanding of the barley industry, needs and problems.


Over the past 16 years, the objectives of the Barley Development Council have remained unchanged. The prime objectives are:

  • To establish priorities for barley research and product development.
  • To promote collaborative, integrated projects for pursuing research and product development in various institutions.
  • To make recommendations to appropriate agencies on issues that impact on barley research, production and marketing.
  • To assist such persons and/or agencies that will undertake those activities as may be necessary to effectively carry out the objectives.
  • To provide a forum for stakeholders where issues regarding the various aspects of barley are discussed.

The council encourages collaborative effort to maximize resources in project development and research. In all cases the Council would stress the need for collaborative effort on both the project development and the research funding.

Where matching grants are requested from separate funding agencies it would be beneficial if some cooperation could be obtained to ensure adequate funding is achieved.

The Barley Development Council publishes a report listing barley researchers, ongoing projects and current research priorities (2013 Report). The members of the BDC have compiled this information and the report encompasses all areas of the barley industry. Researchers, funding agencies and others in the industry are encouraged to access this report when building new projects. This report is published bi-annually and distributed throughout the industry.


The Barley Development Council membership is made up of private and public groups with an interest in barley. At present, that includes 28 organizations from across Western Canada. Membership includes barley producers, barley users, government institutions and the scientific community. It is comprised of a broad cross section of the industry, from producers to consumers.

Membership in the Council is free. All costs incurred by members of the Council, their representatives and the members of the technical committees, are the responsibilities of the organization that they represent. Each organization selects one representative to sit on the Council. A representative will sit on the Council for a period of three years with renewal at the discretion of the appointing member.

2011-2012 Board Members

Secretary/Treasurer - Jim Helm, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development
Mike Edney, Canadian Grain Commission
Doug Munro, Canadian Wheat Board
Mario Therrien, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Ruurd Zijlstra, University of Alberta
Michael Brophy, Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Barley Development Council, or would like more information, please contact the Secretary of the Council at:
Barley Development Council
Attention: Jim Helm
5030 - 50th Street
Lacombe AB T4L 1W8
Phone: 403-782-8696
Fax: 403-782-5514


Other Documents in the Series

  Barley Development Council - Current Document
Message from the Chair
Incorporation of the Barley Development Council
BDC Position Statement on Genetically Modified Barley
Barley Development Council Members
Barley Research Needs and Priorities
Important Players in Barley Industry and Research
List of Current Barley Projects
Minutes - 16th Annual Meeting, July 2009
Canadian Barley Symposium
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This information published to the web on April 5, 2007.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 11, 2014.