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Alberta Barley calls for 2021 nominations to join board of directors and delegates

Alberta Barley is seeking nominations for barley farmers to join the board of directors and delegate leadership team. Alberta Barley’s board of directors and delegates represent barley producers from across the province and provide strategic direction to Alberta Barley management.

Director positions open for nomination include one director in Region 4 to fill a one-year vacancy, one director in Region 5, one director in Region 6, and one director-at-large from either Regions 1, 3, 5 or 6. Additionally, there are 18 delegate positions open for nominations between the six regions. Elected directors serve a term of three years, while elected delegates serve a two-year term. Alberta Barley director and delegate positions available in each region include:

• Region 1 – 4 delegates

• Region 3 – 4 delegates

• Region 4 – 1 director (one-year position) and 3 delegates

• Region 5 – 1 director and 4 delegates

• Region 6 – 1 director and 3 delegates

• Regions 1, 3, 5 or 6 – 1 director-at-large

Region 4 consists of northeastern Alberta from Smoky Lake County, east to the County of Vermilion River and north to the northern boundary of the cropping region. Region 5 consists of north-central Alberta including Edmonton and surrounding counties. Region 6 consists of northwestern Alberta including the Peace region and north to the northern boundary of the cropping region. For more information, refer to Alberta Barley’s regional map for the list of counties in each region.

“Alberta Barley has grown to be a leader in Canadian agriculture and we are continually working to progress our industry forward,” says Tara Sawyer, Alberta Barley chair. “Joining the farmer governance is a great opportunity to be a part of the ongoing developments of Alberta Barley’s core program areas that deliver value back to farmers.”

Farmers interested in a director or director-at-large opportunity must submit a nomination form by Friday, October 29, 2021 by fax (403-717-1966), email ( or mail (200-6815, 8 St NE, Calgary, AB, T2E7H7).

Elections, if required, for director positions will take place at the corresponding regional meetings. If an election is required for the director-at-large position, votes will be collected at all six regional meetings through a traveling ballot box, which then will be tabulated and announced at Alberta Barley’s annual general meeting on December 8, 2021, as part of the Prairie Cereals Summit in Banff, Alberta. All open delegate positions will be elected from the floor at regional meeting events throughout the province:

• Region 2 – Drumheller, AB – November 16, 2021

• Region 3 – Red Deer, AB – November 17, 2021

• Region 1 – Claresholm, AB – November 18, 2021

• Region 6 – Fairview, AB – November 23, 2021

• Region 5 – Alberta Beach, AB – November 25, 2021

• Region 4 – Vermillion, AB – November 30, 2021

More information on regional meetings can be found on our events page.

All farmers running for a position must have produced barley in the region they are running for, and paid a service charge on barley in the past two crop years. To run for the open director-at-large position, a farmer must grow barley in one of Regions 1, 3, 5 or 6.

Media Contact:

Erin Tateson
Interim Communications Manager
Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions