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Alberta farm groups using online voting

Alberta farm groups using online voting

Voting is open until Nov. 6

Reading Time: < 1 minute Producers casting a ballot in Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley elections can use electronic voting. The two farm groups are using a platform called ElectionBuddy, which its developers say is a secure method for member-based organizations to conduct elections. For Alberta Wheat, go to albertawheatvotes.com (opens as a secure ElectionBuddy link) or albertabarleyvotes.com (opens as […] Read more

Opinion: On cereal commissions. Collaboration? Yes. Amalgamation? No

Opinion: On cereal commissions. Collaboration? Yes. Amalgamation? No

Sharing staff has been good for Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley, but having one board wouldn’t be wise

Reading Time: 3 minutes At FarmTech last month, the membership of the Alberta Wheat Commission passed a resolution to explore the possibility of one governance structure with the Alberta Barley Commission. Alberta Barley passed a similar resolution at its AGM in December. The exploratory process shouldn’t be clouded by turf wars on the employee side of things since the […] Read more


Todd Hames new chair of Alberta Wheat

Todd Hames new chair of Alberta Wheat

Marwayne producer has served on the boards of numerous farm organizations

Reading Time: < 1 minute Todd Hames is the new chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission while Hannah Konschuh will continue in her current role as vice-chair. “We have seen a particularly challenging year with the difficult harvest, low prices and market uncertainty,” said Hames, who farms 4,900 acres near Marwayne. “It’s during these times that I’m most proud to […] Read more



The research will use wild wheat relatives and industry-leading genomics to better understand wheat’s genetic potential.

Wild wheat research gets funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Wheat and its Prairie counterparts are putting more than $1.9 million into development of higher-yielding, stress-resistant wheat varieties. The funding is part of a $11.2-million investment from Genome Canada, Ag Canada, the Western Grains Research Foundation and industry partners. The research will utilize wild wheat relatives and elite germplasm along with industry-leading genomic techniques […] Read more

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Cash advance website revamped

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Wheat Commission has launched a new online platform that it says makes applying for a cash advance simpler and easier. “We pinpointed areas that could be time consuming for applicants and came up with solutions that will speed up the application process,” said Syeda Khurram, Alberta Wheat’s chief financial officer and COO of […] Read more


Stanford, Konschuh new Alberta Wheat leaders

Stanford, Konschuh new Alberta Wheat leaders

Reading Time: < 1 minute Magrath producer Gary Stanford is the new chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission and Hannah Konschuh is the new vice-chair. Stanford succeeds Kevin Bender who had served on the board since its inception in 2012 and has thus “termed out.” Region 3 director Terry Young also reached his term limit. He is being replaced by […] Read more

Research clusters fund host of projects

Research clusters fund host of projects

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s cereal commissions are helping to fund 30 research projects. Alberta Wheat is giving $2.6 million, part of a $25-million effort called the Canadian National Wheat Cluster. The initiative by Ottawa and several ag groups is funding 22 variety development, pathology, agronomy and pre-breeding projects. Among the recipients are three federal researchers working in Alberta: […] Read more


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Beat your cash flow woes with the cash advance program

The only cheaper money is a forgivable loan from the bank of Mom and Dad, says administrator

Reading Time: 4 minutes Not too many hands shoot up when Dave Gallant asks a room full of farmers if they’ve used the federal cash advance program before. “For those who aren’t using the cash advance program, I want you to ask yourselves why you’re not taking advantage of this program,” the Canadian Canola Growers Association official said at […] Read more

The two proposed seed royalty models have come with many questions from producers.

Cereal seed royalty gets thumbs down at consultations

Government is asking farmers what they think about seed royalties — and the answer is ‘not much’

Reading Time: 4 minutes The idea of charging royalties on cereal seed didn’t go over well with many Alberta farmers who attended a federal government consultation on proposed royalties. “The overarching thing is that control would be imposed and that would be my concern,” Trochu farmer Kevin Niemi said in an interview. “A royalty is like a seed tax […] Read more