From beginning out in a neighborhood corridor in Carseland, Alberta, in 1977 to efficiently attaining an unique objective of ending the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly 35 years later, the historical past of the Western Barley Growers Affiliation is documented in a brand new ebook entitled Western Barley’s Legacy.
“We needed to doc the historical past of our affiliation for future generations,” says Brian Otto, previous president of the WBGA. “The entire members and administrators over time took loads of satisfaction within the work they had been doing for farmers, so we determined to write down a ebook and inform the story.”
Compiled and written by writer and grain business veteran Russ Crawford, the ebook not solely covers the WBGA’s coverage stance and occasions round grain advertising selection, but additionally transportation points, the Crow fee, security web packages, and farmer-funded analysis.
Greater than 50 folks had been interviewed for the ebook, says Crawford, within the interview under.
“I’ve put that each one collectively in a narrative that’s informed of their phrases. It’s an amazing little piece of Canadian agriculture historical past, and a learn that farmers and business folks in Western Canada specifically will actually take pleasure in,” he says.
In some ways, the Barley Growers represented a transfer away from the Prairie wheat pool cooperative philosophy.
“The farmers again in these days relied on the Prairie fools to be their spokesperson. And in reality, they weren’t. They had been extra supportive of the Wheat Board stand, the Wheat Board method to advertising and aggregation of grain and export, and it didn’t essentially align itself properly with some farmer wants. And they also had been adamant in saying the swimming pools actually weren’t their voice, they usually felt like they wanted a unique one which extra precisely mirrored a few of the particular farmer wants. So that they stepped away from the the cooperative group by way of their philosophies,” notes Crawford.
The coffee-table model ebook (pictured) is accessible in each onerous cowl and paperback variations. It may be discovered on Amazon and ordered straight from most ebook shops.
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