Government, industry mark first year of Western Canadian Deduction
Claresholm, AB (July 31, 2013) – Today Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced a successful first year of collecting the Western Canadian Deduction via Alberta Barley.
“Our goal from the beginning was to maintain uninterrupted funding for the recipient organizations,” said Commission General Manager Lisa Skierka. “We have diligently managed the deduction to ensure that the recipient groups receive stable funding to continue their important work and we look forward to building on that success moving forward.”
Administered by the Commission, as per the Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistance (Wheat and Barley), the deduction funds three recipient groups: the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi).
“WGRF would like to acknowledge the federal government for supporting the establishment of the transitional check-off while the new wheat and barley commissions are being developed,” said WGRF Chairman Dave Sefton, a farmer from Broadview, SK.
“The benefits of these check-offs are clearly recognized by producers and the federal government.”
CMBTC Managing Director Rob McCaig echoed Patterson’s sentiments.
“The funds from the Western Canadian Deduction help CMBTC by ensuring our success for the Western Canadian farmer,” he said. “It’s essential that all facets of the Canadian malting barley value chain participate in funding so that CMBTC continues to be successful in the promotion of Canadian malting barley into domestic as well as international markets.”
With more than 20 years of experience administering the pre-existing check-off for barley in Alberta, the Commission adapted quickly to its new administrative role.
“The farmer funds collected from the federally mandated levy on deliveries of wheat and durum have played an important role in Cigi’s ability to maintain international customer contact and programming over the last year,” said Cigi CEO Earl Geddes. “The funds received by Cigi to date have been similar to the farmer commitments to wheat market development that previously flowed directly to Cigi from the Canadian Wheat Board.”
Collected at a rate of $0.48 per tonne of wheat and $0.56 per tonne for barley ($0.04 per tonne of barley sold in Alberta), the deduction is used to fund research, market development and technical assistance.
Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s 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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