Western Canadian wheat and barley deduction confirmed
(Calgary, AB) July 27, 2012 — As of Aug. 1, 2012, Alberta Barley will be the official agency of record for the western Canadian wheat and barley deduction.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced today the final approval of the “Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistant (Wheat and Barley),” which names the Commission to this administrative role. The regulations come into effect along with the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act on Aug. 1, 2012. The collected funds will be distributed to the Western Grains Research Foundation, the Canadian International Grains Institute and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.
“This is our area of expertise,” said Commission General Manager Lisa Skierka. “We are able and fully qualified to administer this program effectively and efficiently.”
The Commission has more than 20 years experience administering the check-off for barley in Alberta, which includes collecting remittances from grain buyers and processing refund requests from farmers.
“Research, market development and technical assistance programs help keep Canadian farmers competitive,” said Skierka. “The federal government’s support of these organizations is key to maintaining Canada’s reputation for quality at home and in global markets.”
The new deduction is a temporary measure to replace funding formerly collected through the Canadian Wheat Board. The interim program will last for a maximum of five years, at which point a permanent funding arrangement will be established.
“Our goal is to maintain uninterrupted funding for the recipient organizations,” said Skierka. “We are ready to work with grain buyers and handlers in order to achieve the efficient and timely collection of this deduction.”
Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s 17,000 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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