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Alberta farm groups using online voting

Voting is open until Nov. 6

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

New slimmed-down Alberta Beef Producers readies for launch

Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 15

Election time is drawing near for Alberta Beef Producers. It’s been nearly a year since it approved a re-org that cuts its number of zones by nearly half and reduces the number of delegates by one-third. The organization is now accepting nominations for delegates (seven each) in its new five zones (northwest, northeast, central, southwest […] Read more



Five acclamations in Alberta Wheat Commission election

Three directors and two regional representatives for the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) were acclaimed, according to a statement issued by the commission. Each of the five regions of the AWC includes two directors and three regional representatives, serving a maximum of two consecutive terms of three years. The directors are sitting members of the board […] Read more


ABP has nine zones, which can elect up to five delegates and one cattle feeder delegate.

Alberta Beef Producers delegate nominations closing soon

Nomination deadline is Aug. 31

Alberta Beef Producers is accepting nominations for delegates to run in this fall’s elections — but they must be received by Aug. 31. The organization has nine zones, which can elect up to five delegates and one cattle feeder delegate to serve two-year terms. However, elections are staggered. That means this year, there are three […] Read more

Devin Dreeshen became Alberta’s new agriculture minister on April 30.

Alberta’s new agriculture minister praised as smart, grounded, and ‘a stand-up guy’

Although just 31, Devin Dreeshen has extensive experience in politics and on the farm

Premier Jason Kenney has chosen one of his youngest MLAs to be the province’s new agriculture minister. But although he’s just 31 and has only been an MLA for 10 months, Devin Dreeshen comes to the job with a robust resumé. The Innisfail-Sylvan Lake rep is the son of veteran Tory Red Deer-Mountain View MP […] Read more



Alberta Beef Producers executive re-elected

The senior leadership of Alberta Beef Producers have all been re-elected. Charlie Christie (Trochu) will serve a second year as chair while Kelly Smith-Fraser (Pine Lake) and Melanie Wowk (Beauvallon) stay on as vice-chair and finance chair, respectively. The other board members are: Garth Porteous (Bow Island), Sheila Hillmer (Del Bonita), Chris Israelson (Didsbury), Jesse […] Read more


Delegate results from ABP fall meetings

Six new producer delegates, along with many returning ones, were elected or acclaimed at Alberta Beef Producers’ fall meetings. In Zone 5, Katlyn Benedict (Wimborne) and Kelly Fraser (Pine Lake) were elected and in Zone 6, Jill Burkhardt (Gwynne) and Assar Grinde (Bluffton) were elected while Cecil Andersen (Drayton Valley) was acclaimed as the Cattle […] 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