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Barley marketers get federal boost

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WINNIPEG - A plan to market world-class Canadian barley around the globe got $597,000 in federal funding today.

An investment of $410,000 will be available to the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, a non-profit malting barley research and market development facility in Winnipeg, a federal government press release said.

The Malting Industry Association of Canada, which represents Canada’s major malting companies, will receive $155,000 and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute, which represents the interests of Canada’s malting barley research, breeding and variety sector, will receive $32,500.

The funding announcement was made in Winnipeg by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Selkirk MP James Bezan, a press release said.

In 2009, Canada exported more than 631,000 metric tonnes of malt worth more than $444 million, the release said. About 1.6 million metric tonnes of barley worth $441 million were exported last year.

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