After six years of moving toward becoming one entity, Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission will become Alberta Grains as of August 1, 2023.
“Alberta Grains will build on the strengths of both organizations to create a unified voice for the province’s 18,000 wheat and barley farmers. With a focus on economic sustainability, innovation and growth, Alberta Grains will leverage the combined resources, knowledge and experience to deliver unparalleled value to its membership,” the organization says.
The commissions have shared a management structure since 2017, and have spent the last six years consulting with a farmer sub-committee and engaging the province’s wheat and barley farmers in a dialogue through formal consultations. In October 2022, Alberta wheat and barley farmers voted in favour of amalgamating the commissions through two plebiscites.
Greg Sears, chair of Alberta Wheat says this new organization will be focused on “delivering value to our farmers and other stakeholders while contributing to the growth and sustainability of the grain industry in Alberta.”
The new logo of Alberta Grains is described as a symbol of the organization’s commitment and unified strength to the province’s crop sector. The logo is designed to represent the grains that are grown in the province, with a modern and clean design that reflects the organization’s vision of strength and ‘better together’ mantra, the organization says.
“Both boards are proud of the collaboration and focus over the past two years and this announcement is an exciting step forward for our organizations and the agricultural sector in Alberta,” says Tara Sawyer, Alberta Barley chair. “Our hope is that through the new commission, we will continue to add value and further fiscal and operational efficiencies.”
The proposed bylaws for the new commission will be available at AlbertaGrains.com and will be open for consultation until July 25, 2023. Farmers are encouraged to provide their feedback on the bylaws by emailing [email protected].