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Alberta Barley opens director 2022 nominations for farm leaders

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 3, one director in Region 4 and one director-at-large from either Regions 1, 2, 5 or 6. Additionally, there are 23 delegate positions open for nominations between the six regions which can be made during each regions’ meeting. 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 – Four delegates

• Region 2 – Four delegates

• Region 3 – One director and two delegates

• Region 4 – One director and Two delegates

• Region 5 – Three delegates

• Region 6 – Four delegates

• Regions 1, 2, 5 or 6 – One director-at-large

Region 1 consists of southern Alberta including Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and surrounding counties. Region 2 consists of south-central Alberta including Wheatland County, Kneehill County, Vulcan County and the Municipal District of Foothills. Region 3 consists of central Alberta, including Red Deer County, Stettler and the Municipal District of Provost. 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, Barrhead 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.

“As a producer, I think it’s important to have engaged farmers at the table to ensure their voice is heard,” said Alberta Barley Chair, Tara Sawyer. “We all have a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge to share, that is why I encourage everyone to consider putting their name forward for a delegate or director position. If you are passionate about our industry and are an active farmer then there is space for you.”

Farmers interested in a director or director-at-large opportunity must submit a nomination form by Monday, October 31, 2022 by fax (403-717-1966), email (mevans@albertawheatbarley.com) 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 7, 2022, 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 1 – Lethbridge, AB – November 15, 2022

• Region 2 – Acme, AB – November 16, 2022

• Region 3 – Lacombe, AB – November 18, 2022

• Region 4 – Vegreville AB – November 23, 2022

• Region 5 – Westlock, AB – November 23, 2022

• Region 6 – Rycroft, AB – November 25, 2022

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, 2, 5 or 6.

Media Contact:

Harley Groeneveld
Marketing Communications Specialist
Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions
403-219-7906
hgroeneveld@albertawheatbarley.com