The provincial government has introduced legislation that would do away with a farm-related regulation brought in by the previous government.
It would allow Alberta’s producer commissions to have either a refundable or non-refundable service charge, also called a check-off. This would be decided through a vote by members. In 2009, all such charges were made refundable.
Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier says this did not work for all 13 commissions in Alberta.
“This forced a wide range of agriculture commission to all adopt the same model for their check-offs. We know that a one-size-fits all approach doesn’t make sense in today’s diverse agriculture industry.”
Carlier says the government wants to “empower commissions and their members, showing our deep respect for them to be able to work with their producers to figure out which service model works best for them. Many commissions and producers may want to keep things the way they are with a refundable model. Some commissions may choose to consult their member-producers and discuss changing to a non-refundable model.”
Some commissions collect the money when grain or livestock is sold. Others have a base charge. The money is then used for things like marketing and promotions.
(photo from Alberta Beef Producers)