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Press Release

Jun 27

Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program refund deadline approaching

Posted on Jun 27 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) June 27, 2016—Alberta Barley is reminding farmers in Western Canada of the upcoming July 31 deadline for Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off (WWBC) Program refund applications.

The five-year transitional Wheat and Barley Check-Off was established on August 1, 2012 via regulations under the Canadian Grain Act, and is administered by Alberta Barley.

The WWBC is collected at the point of sale on Cash Purchase Tickets (CPT) at a rate of $0.48 per tonne of wheat and $0.56 per tonne of barley ($0.04 per tonne of barley sold in Alberta). Grain buyers are required by law to collect the check-off. The WWBC is separate from any existing provincial programs.

Check-offs collected through the program help fund the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi). These organizations lead the way in developing new varieties, new markets and more opportunities for wheat and barley farmers.

“Administration of this program has gone very well,” said Alberta Barley’s Chief Financial Officer Syeda Khurram. “In the coming months, our accounting staff will continue to actively answer check-off questions and assist producers through the refund process.”

The check-off, while mandatory, is refundable. Farmers wishing for a refund of their check-off dollars for the 2015–2016 crop year must submit a completed refund application to the administrator, Alberta Barley, by July 31, 2016. Refunds are only processed once a year with the cheques distributed yearly before the end of October.

For more information on the Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program, visit us online at or call 1-800-265-9111.

Alberta Barley is a grassroots, 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.

For more information, contact:

Ellen Cottee
Communications Coordinator
(403) 219-7914

5 Responses

  1. James Grohn says:

    I am having difficulty finding a refund application form. Would you kindly assist me as I wish to have a refund on my 2015 -16 wheat and barley check-off.

    James Grohn
    Box 275
    Weyburn, Sk S4H 2K1

    • Ellen Cottee says:

      Hi James,

      Please give the Alberta Barley office a call at 1-800-265-9111 to receive these forms.

      Thank you

  2. Sharon Hart says:

    Producers wishing to apply for a refund should be able to print a form from the web site not have to phone your office to request a form. It is very difficult to get through on the phone.

    • Ellen Cottee says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for your comment. We would like to have the forms on the website as well, however there can be confusion over which form(s) to use. If a producer completes the incorrect form, it can delay their refund. Therefore, we request producers reach out to us to ensure they are sent the correct form directly and their refund is timely and correct.

      The Alberta Barley office is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mountain Time. You can reach us at those times at either 1-800-265-9111 or 403-291-9111, where we have an answering machine for after-hours. You can also email or fax 403-291-0190 to request the refund forms.

      Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to assist you.

      Thank you!

  3. karen says:

    These check offs should have our approval to even be taken off , that way we wouldnt be going through the work of getting them refunded. You have our money before we do.

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