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The interests of barley farmers are being pushed forward overseas as Alberta Barley has reached two agreements, which will see more barley shipped to Japan down the road.

Chairman Matt Sawyer tells Rural Roots Canada the trip to Japan was very productive.

“We signed an agreement with Obihiro University in Hokaido, that’s a northern island in Japan, it was to focus looking at replacing their corn rations with barley,” said Sawyer.  “An agreement was signed, so one of Canada’s largest feedlots will be replacing 25 per cent of their feed rations with barley, they are excited about it and we are too.”

The farmer from Acme, Alberta says this trip was also about continuing relationships.

“We also did head down south to Oita, which is in the southern part of Japan and continued our relationship with the Sanwa Brewery and finalized some deals for providing barley to their brewing company  as well.”

Sawyer says they were very well received.

“It is that relationship, continuing on making sure that you have access to those markets.”  “You need to make sure you are a part of these trade missions and we are very pleased to be able to do that.”