AAFC appoints Alberta Barley to administer the Western Canadian barley and wheat deduction
(Saskatoon, SK) May 22, 2012 — Alberta Barley welcomed today’s announcement of funding for barley and wheat research and market development by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
The Commission will be the agency of record responsible for administering a deduction on barley and wheat sales in Western Canada. These funds will be distributed to the Western Grains Research Foundation, the Canadian International Grains Institute and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.
“Alberta Barley strongly supports continued, on-going research and market development in both barley and wheat,” said Commission Chairman Matt Sawyer. “Our goal is to ensure there are no funding disruptions for these organizations when the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act goes into effect on August 1, 2012.”
AAFC Minister Gerry Ritz said the specifics of the changes to the Canada Grain Act regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette before the end of May.
“As a grassroots, farmer-run organization, we understand the weight of this responsibility and we take that very seriously,” said Sawyer. He noted that the Commission has over 20 years of experience managing point-of-sale deductions for barley in Alberta, a job that includes collecting remittances from grain buyers and processing refund requests from farmers.
“This is our area of expertise,” added General Manager Lisa Skierka. “We are confident in our ability to administer this program effectively and efficiently.”
Farmers, industry stakeholders and the public are invited to provide feedback on the regulations once they are released. All are encouraged to check the AAFC website (www.agr.gc.ca) and Alberta Barley website (www.albertabarley.com) for regular updates over the coming weeks.
Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s 11,000 plus barley farmers. The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.
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