Olds Farmer Wins Elite Barley Growers Award

Frank Hamel is being recognized for his consistent success in malt barley production.

Olds' Frank Hamel is one of 15 malt barley producers being recognized with an Elite Barley Growers Award this month.

Hamel runs two farms, one in Olds and one in Outlook Saskatchewan, and has produced a consistent crop of malt barley for the past 10 years.

Hamel says that growing malt barley is worth the risk.

While malt barley is difficult to grow, it's also in high demand as it's used to make products such as beer, whisky and malt vinegar.

Hamel grows about 80 000-220 000 bushels of barley per year.

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