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Alberta Barley regional meetings and AGM – Mark your calendars with these upcoming events

Posted on Sep 5 By: Dina O’Meara

Alberta Barley’s AGM is Dec. 5 in Banff. Attendees will hear about end point royalties, international trade, Alberta Barley-funded research, consumer outreach and more. Credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism
The sun was shining on Matt Sawyer’s fields northeast of Calgary, as the Alberta Barley chairman and region two director swathed barley one afternoon in late August. But the bumper crop promised in other areas of the province was not evident at his place, which was still recovering from devastating rains and flooding earlier in the spring.

According to Sawyer, the diversity of farming conditions in Alberta—which can vary widely within the same region—is one of the reasons attending Alberta Barley’s regional meetings is so important.

“Regional meetings are a great way to meet up with other producers in your area and to hear about the latest research on specific crops, what chemicals are working and what varieties of crops are in demand,” said Sawyer. “This is how you can see your dollars at work for other producers.”

Regional meetings this November will include important updates on the Barley 180 initiative trials and new research information about boosting yields. Farmers attending the meetings will also receive updates on markets, as well as Alberta Barley’s collaboration with the new Alberta Wheat Commission. Joint meetings will also be held with the Alberta Pulse Growers this year.

“The collaborative approach allows us to present an information-packed day that recognizes producers’ time is valuable,” he said. “It’s a cost-effective way of presenting how much the commissions are working for the producers.”

Make yourself heard

As a grassroots democratic organization, Alberta Barley elects delegates and directors for each of its six regions. This fall, a total of 18 delegate and three director positions are open. Farmers interested in standing up for delegate positions can be nominated from the floor at regional meetings. Those interested in running for director positions must complete their nomination forms and submit them no later than Oct. 31, 2013.

The director positions available this year are the regional directors for regions three and four, and one director- at-large position. In all three, the incumbents are eligible for re-election.

Although Vice-Chairman Trevor Petersen, the current director in region three, has served two consecutive three- year terms, under section 46(5) of the Alberta Barley Plan Regulation he is
eligible to run for a third term based on his involvement in the national barley organization. Any barley farmer is eligible to be elected as a delegate or director in 2013 as long as they have paid a service charge in either 2011, 2012 or 2013.

For the latest updates on regional meetings and to download forms, visit www.albertabarley.com or contact General Manager Lisa Skierka for more information at (800) 265-9111.

Annual general meeting

Alberta Barley’s 22nd annual general meeting, held this year on Dec. 5, is another excellent way to meet up with regional and provincial peers, and catch up with the latest industry news.

“The AGM is like a regional meeting on steroids,” said Sawyer, with a laugh. “It’s a great way to come out and connect with likeminded stakeholders from across Alberta, Canada and even the international community.”

Expect to hear a comparison of the pros and cons of end point royalties and gain insight into international trade opportunities during the annual meeting, said Linda Whitworth, Alberta Barley market development manager.

An excellent deal offered by the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel resulted in the new location, which Alberta Barley is more than pleased to take advantage of, explained Whitworth.

“One of the things that we are happy with is they have offered all our guests conference rates for three days before and after the AGM,” said Whitworth. “We are hoping people will take advantage of this offer to enjoy the spectacular scenery and variety of activities in Banff.”

The annual Banff Pub Tour, open to all attendees, will run Wed., Dec. 4, the evening prior to the AGM. A reception and banquet follows the AGM on Thurs., Dec.5, and includes an evening of western hospitality at the Brewster Mountview BBQ with entertainment throughout the evening. On Fri., Dec. 6, there will be committee meetings for directors and delegates, as well as a Feed Coalition meeting. Special guests from the Barley Council of Canada and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Council are expected to attend the three days of meetings.

GET INVOLVED

Alberta Barley is governed by a nine-person board of directors, six representing individual regions. The remaining members are directors-at-large nominated by eligible barley farmers in Alberta from any region. The chair and vice-chair are elected by the board of directors following the AGM. Any barley farmer is eligible to be elected as a delegate or director in 2013 as long as they have paid a service charge in either 2011, 2012 or 2013. (Section 17 of the Alberta Barley Plan Regulation.) For more information on how Alberta Barley runs and how to become more involved, go to www.albertabarley.com or phone your regional director.

REGIONAL MEETINGS

REGION 1
TUES., NOV 26, 2013
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
HOLIDAY INN
2375 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE S.
LETHBRIDGE

In conjunction with the Alberta Wheat Commission.

  • Delegate positions available: 4
  • Delegate eligible for re-election: 2

 
 
REGION 2
WED., NOV 13, 2013
9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
ACME COMMUNITY CENTRE
139 ALLISON STREET
ACME

In conjunction with the Alberta Pulse Growers.

  • Delegate positions available: 4
  • Delegate eligible for re-election: 2

 
 
REGION 3
TUES., NOV 19, 2013
9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE
5214- 50 AVENUE
LACOMBE

In conjunction with the Alberta Wheat Commission.

  • Director position available: 1
  • Delegate positions available: 6
  • Delegate eligible for re-election: 4

 
 
REGION 4
THURS., NOV 21, 2013
10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
CENTENNICAL LIBRARY
VEGREVILLE

Includes tour of Highland Feeders biodigester and ethanol plant.

  • Director position available: 1
  • Delegate position available: 1
  • Delegates eligible for re-election: 1

 
 
REGION 5
FRI., NOV 15, 2013
9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
WESTLOCK COMMUNITY HALL
10003- 106 STREET
WESTLOCK

In conjunction with the Alberta Wheat Commission.

  • Delegate positions available: 1
  • Delegates eligible for re-election: 1

 
 
REGION 6
THURS., NOV 21, 2013
9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
SEXSMITH COMMUNITY CENTRE
9800- 93 STREET
SEXSMITH

In conjunction with the Alberta Pulse Growers.

  • Director positions available: 2
  • Delegates eligible for re-election: 1

 
 
REGION 4 DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE
One director-at-large position is also available, eligible from any region.

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