The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are launching a consultation on amalgamating to type a single fee.
The Commissions might be soliciting farmers’ opinions starting in July with a web based survey, adopted by digital city corridor occasions after harvest in October, and additional dialogue and classes throughout regional conferences in November.
The commissions have been working with one administration workforce serving two boards and separate monetary buildings since 2018.
The consultations with wheat and barley farmers stems from resolutions handed on the 2019 annual basic conferences for each commissions. The resolutions challenged the commissions to finish a complete evaluate on the potential to formally merge.
“What started as a pilot project in 2018 to merge the management and staff of Alberta Barley and AWC has resulted in meaningful efficiencies and cost savings for both organizations,” says Tara Sawyer, Alberta Barley chair. “Through collaboration, the commissions have leveraged synergies, removed duplication and, in-turn, expanded key priority areas such as research and agronomic extension. The future of the organizations is at a crossroads so farmer participation is key during this pivotal time.”
To conduct the evaluate of probably merging, the commissions fashioned an amalgamation sub-committee comprised of present and previous administrators, regional representatives, and delegates from each commissions.
As a key goal for the amalgamation sub-committee, a draft mannequin of a brand new governance construction has been developed for farmers’ consideration throughout the consultation interval. The proposed mannequin consists of 1 board of 12 farmers, representing wheat and barley farmers from six areas in Alberta. The delegate physique would consist of 4 positions from every area, for a complete of 24 farmers.
Analysis, market growth, agronomy and extension, coverage advocacy, and farm enterprise administration would stay high priorities for the proposed single group, and funding could be merit-based, says the commissions.
“Currently the commissions operate with separate governance structures, yet share a management team that reports to both boards,” says Todd Hames, Alberta Wheat chair. “It’s up to Alberta wheat and barley farmers to determine whether this is sustainable or if merging is the path forward. We encourage wheat and barley growers to learn more and get involved in the consultation process.”
Extra info will be discovered at wheatbarleyconsultation.com.