Alberta farmers who submit a levy to the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC) have voted in favour of amalgamating the commissions, primarily based on the preliminary outcomes of two plebiscites that have been carried out over the month of October.
89 per cent of the ballots solid via the Alberta Barley plebiscite and 88 per cent of votes via the Alberta Wheat plebiscite supported the merger. A complete of 1,569 ballots have been solid, representing a 6.1 per cent participation charge.
“A transparent course was supplied by each wheat and barley farmers on the popular path ahead for the organizations,” mentioned Tara Sawyer, chair for ABC, in a information launch asserting the outcomes. “We sit up for informing our farmers on the subsequent steps within the course of at our winter conferences.”
The outcomes are deemed to be preliminary for 15 enterprise days, the interval throughout which they are often contested.
The two commissions have shared workplace area and administrative employees since 2013, and have been working with a joint administration construction since late 2017.
“This course of has been 5 years within the making, full with putting of a sub-committee comprised of each wheat and barley farmers, formal consultations with farmer stakeholders and culminating with two plebiscites,” mentioned Greg Sears, AWC chair. “Both commissions have finished their due diligence to make sure that is the fitting course for our members and are keen to have interaction farmers on the trail ahead.”
Alberta barley and wheat growers to vote on amalgamating commissions in October