Canada at War: THE PRAIRIES: Beef before Beer

Canada had a choice: should western barley go to U.S. brewers for dark beer, or should it increase Canada's thin supply of livestock feed?

Livestock won. A Government order barred export of feed-grade barley, put much of Canada's barley in that class by forbidding farmers to clean a lush wild-oats crop out of the grain. The ruling deprived U.S. brewers of a large part of their No. 2 source of barley, Canadian prairie farmers of the tidy premium they get for sales to U.S. brewers.


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