Amalgamation vote deadline looms for Alberta wheat and barley growers – Agriculture

Wheat and barley growers in Alberta solely have a couple of days left to vote on whether or not they wish to see Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission amalgamate right into a single group.

Farmers who paid a levy on wheat or barley gross sales between January 2020 and April 2022 ought to have obtained a voting PIN within the mail, which they will use to vote on-line or over the cellphone previous to midday November 1 when the month-long voting interval ends, explains Greg Sears, board chair for Alberta Wheat within the interview under.

“Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley have been functioning with a shared administration group since about 2017, and we’ve seen vital value financial savings and organizational synergies because of that. In lots of methods that is type of a pure subsequent step…,” he says. “But after all, it is a choice that the farmer members of the organizations have to make.”

There are roughly 15,658 eligible wheat voters and 9,655 barley voters. The Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council (Marketing Council) is working the plebiscites in collaboration with third-party election advisor MNP and the 2 commissions. It’s anticipated the outcomes will probably be introduced shortly after the November 1 voting deadline.

Greg Sears shares extra data on the vote, the prep work that has gone into addressing potential points with a merger, and some different subjects, talking with Agriculture’s Kelvin Heppner, right here:

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