Policy Initiatives

Getting involved with policy both provincially and nationally

As agriculture policy issues surface, AWC is poised to join the discussion with our federal and provincial governments as well as develop advocacy initiatives that have farmers’ best interests in mind. Collaboration has been key in building our momentum – we often work closely with other provincial farm organizations as well as our national organizations; Cereals Canada and Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) to strengthen agriculture’s voice when it comes to addressing challenges faced by producers.

Through regular meetings and consultations with government representatives at both the provincial and national level on agriculture policy issues, AWC has developed strong working relationships with all major political parties. We continue to leverage our government relations efforts to support Alberta’s wheat producers on current and new policy issues.

Current Key Issues

Serving as the farmer voice on key provincial and national policy issues, Alberta Barley is frequently balancing multiple key issues. Each of the tiles below are the most timely and relevant issues our policy and government relations team is working on. Within each tile a summary of the issue is provided paired with Alberta Barley's is involved as the farmer voice and links to supportive documents. 

Below is our full list of policy issues and efforts the commissions' advocate for on behalf of farmers. To learn more about issues at a provincial and national level, please use the "provincial" and "national" filters and through our historical archive.

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Mandatory Entry Level Training

On March 1st, 2019, the Government of Alberta implemented Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for all persons seeking to obtain a class 1 license in the province. Although origin…

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Grain by Rail

The use of rail transport is critical to the agricultural sector in Canada, its maintenance and investment is fundamental to moving wheat and barley to global export markets. Howev…

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Regulatory Changes to Fusarium graminerium in Alberta

On June 3, 2020, the Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry signed a ministerial order removing Fusarium graminerium (Fg) from the Pest and Nuisance Control reg…

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Well-site Issues

Oil and Gas wells are often located on agricultural land. Companies who own and operate these wells lease the land from the landowners, often a business or person involved in agric…

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Business Risk Management Program Renewal

Business Risk Management (BRM) programs include: AgriStability, AgriInsurance, AgriInvest and AgriRecovery.

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Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade

While farmers have congratulated the Government of Canada for the reduction of tariffs through the continued development of international trade agreements, novel barriers have begu…

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Team Alberta is a collaboration between the four major crop commissions in Alberta: Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers and the Alberta Wheat Commission. Team Alberta work to advance policy issues that impact Alberta's crop sector both provincially and nationally. Together, Team Alberta combines resources to strengthen the voice of Alberta's crop sector through advocacy, promotion of sustainability, ensuing long-term market access and providing policy input to government.