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Alberta Canola seeking directors for four regions

Alberta Canola seeking directors for four regions

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is seeking four canola growers to serve on the board of directors for a three-year term. This year, directors are needed in Regions 2, 5, 8, 10. Alberta Canola divides Alberta into 12 regions, with each region electing a producer director to represent the canola growers within that region. (Visit […] Read more

Tax credit available for canola checkoffs

Tax credit available for canola checkoffs

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canola growers who haven’t requested a refund of their checkoff from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit allows canola growers to claim the credit for the portion of the checkoff paid that was used to fund qualifying research. “Farmers are funding research […] Read more


Richardson International, which spent $140 million to expand its port terminal in North Vancouver in 2016, had its registration to ship canola to China cancelled on March 1 — a move that sent shock waves through the entire canola sector.

Growers fear a China crisis over canola

Farmers are worried but quiet diplomacy is the best option, says Alberta Canola official

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wait and hope. And test. That’s about all Alberta canola growers can do as what appears to be political gamesmanship by China plays out. News that Canada’s biggest buyer of the oilseed had cancelled Richardson International’s registration to ship canola prompted worried producers to call the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. “At first it was kind of […] Read more

The 2019 board of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. In back (from left) are Ian Chitwood, Roger Chevraux, vice-chair 
Kevin Serfas, Wayne Schneider, Cale Staden, and Dan Doll. In the front row are Denis Guindon, Andre Harpe, chair John Guelly, 
John Mayko, and Mike Ammeter.

Guelly and Serfas head Alberta Canola board

Reading Time: < 1 minute John Guelly from Westlock is the new chair of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission board and Turin producer Kevin Serfas is the new vice-chair. Joining the board are new directors Wayne Schneider of Nisku and Roger Chevraux of Killam. Schneider replaces outgoing chair Renn Breitkreuz in Region 6 while Chevraux succeeds Dale Uglem in Region […] Read more


Six crop commission directors acclaimed

Some director spots are still open as well as positions for regional reps and delegates

Reading Time: 2 minutes Several directors and reps on Alberta crop commissions have been elected by acclamation. Denis Guindon of Falher (Region 3) and Kevin Serfas from Turin (Region 9) will both serve a second three-year term on the board of directors of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Wayne Schneider from Nisku was also acclaimed to the board, replacing […] Read more

Canola directors wanted for four Alberta regions

Nominations are due Oct. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Canola Producers Commission is seeking four canola growers to serve as directors on its board for a three-year term. This year, directors are needed in Regions 3, 6, 9, and 12. The commission has directors from 12 regions, one-third of which are elected annually. Any producer who sold canola since August 2016 is eligible, […] Read more


Research funding agency run by farmers closes its doors

Board votes to shut down Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund after funding dries up

Reading Time: 2 minutes After 17 years in operation, the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF) has shuttered its doors. “Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is changing the way it handles research and development,” said Doug Walkley, the organization’s former executive director. For the past three years, the ministry has been conducting a review of how it funds ag research […] Read more

Understanding canola-resistance labels

Understanding canola-resistance labels

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new document called “Understanding Blackleg Resistance” that explains blackleg-resistance genes and two-part labels will help growers identify which resistance groups may be best suited for the current pathogen population in their fields. Read more: Canola producers get two new tools in the fight against blackleg A two-part label will first list the overall resistance: R […] Read more


New directors for Alberta crop commissions

Reading Time: < 1 minute Three producers have been acclaimed to the board of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Andre Harpe of Valhalla Centre will replace outgoing director Greg Sears of Sexsmith in Region 2 while John Guelly of Westlock has been acclaimed in Region 5 and Dale Uglem of Bawlf acclaimed in Region 11. Region 8 received no nominations […] Read more

Alberta Canola seeking four directors

Alberta Canola seeking four directors

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Canola Producers Commission is seeking growers to serve as directors in four of its 12 regions. Directors are needed in Regions 2, 5, 8, and 11, and those elected or acclaimed will serve three-year terms. The board meets quarterly and is guided in its decision-making by five committees — governance and finance; government and […] Read more