Alberta wheat and barley farmers can expect amalgamation plebiscites in the fall of 2022
After extensive consultations with our memberships in 2021, Alberta wheat and barley farmers can expect plebiscites on the amalgamation of the Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley Commissions in the fall of 2022, after harvest.
Alberta farmers gave their approval for the commissions to proceed with farmer plebiscites through formal motions brought forward at each commission’s annual general meeting (AGM) this past meeting season. Furthermore, the commissions have also received approval to conduct plebiscites with our farmer memberships from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, Honourable Nate Horner, along with the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council (Marketing Council).
Since the two commissions are established via separate Plan Regulations under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act and are separate legal entities, two plebiscites are required: one for Alberta Barley’s membership and one for the Alberta Wheat Commission’s membership.
All Albertan farmers that have sold wheat or barley in the past two calendar years are eligible to vote, including farmers who have requested refunds. This means that many farmers will be entitled to vote in both plebiscites. Farmers can expect to receive plebiscite information in their mailbox this fall, although voting will be conducted online.
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