Commissions continue dialogue and consults on amalgamation during regional meetings
In June 2021, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley announced farmer consultations will be held through the summer and fall to gauge farmers’ interest in amalgamating the two organizations. Beginning in July, the consultation launched with a five-minute, online survey for farmers to provide input. The commissions consolidated survey responses and presented during the online amalgamation consultation events in October.
Why are the commissions consulting on amalgamation?
- The commissions have been operating with one management team since 2018, serving two boards and separate financial structures. The single management team has resulted in expanded programs and cost-savings upwards of $350,000 annually.
- The commissions formed an amalgamation sub-committee in 2020. Comprised of select AWC and Alberta Barley past and current directors, regional representatives, and delegates, the amalgamation sub-committee guided the consultation process including the development of a draft model of an amalgamated governance structure.
- Motions passed at the AWC and Alberta Barley 2019 annual general meetings challenged the two commissions to explore a formal merge to further unlock synergies and ensure producers’ levies are used to the greatest benefit.
The ongoing consultations are an initial step in soliciting farmers’ views and opinions towards the potential of amalgamating AWC and Alberta Barley. Farmers are encouraged to learn more by visiting wheatbarleyconsultation.com and get involved by participating in regional meetings during November. To find the regional meeting closest to you, visit albertawheatbarley.com.