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Tax credit available for canola checkoffs

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

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



Six crop commission directors acclaimed

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

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



Research funding agency run by farmers closes its doors

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

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

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

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 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

John Mayko new ACPC region 4 rep

Growers in Region 4 have elected John Mayko of Mundare to the board of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Almost 2,000 growers mailed in ballots earlier this winter for the election. Kris Klammer of Vegreville was the other candidate. Mayko has worked in various roles in crop production at the Canola Council of Canada over […] Read more