• How does my farm benefit from the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off?

    The Western Wheat & Barley Check-off provides funding to support the development of top performing wheat and barley varieties and market opportunities to your farm.

    These benefits are made possible through research, technical support and market development activities conducted by the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off funding recipients. These organizations are the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC).

     

  • Why is the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off vital to variety development?

    Bringing new and improved varieties to market takes a significant investment in time and money. With the help of the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off, WGRF invests an average of more than $9 million annually in wheat and barley breeding research. The result is over 200 new wheat and barley varieties since 1995 that feature improved disease and pest resistance, and superior agronomic performance.

    On average, every check-off dollar invested in varietal research returns $20.40 in value to the producer for wheat, and $7.56 for barley.

    [1] University of Saskatchewan study, commissioned by Western Grains Research Foundation

  • How does the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off give my farm a marketing advantage?

    The Western Wheat & Barley Check-off funds activities that promote Canadian wheat and barley around the world, assuring western Canadian farmers of a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

    End-user training and technical support conducted by Cigi and CMBTC is critical to maintaining Canada’s reputation for high-quality wheat and barley and helps to ensure strong markets for Prairie farmers.

     

  • How does the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off deliver more opportunities to my farm?

    The Western Wheat & Barley Check-off funds activities to help in the development of new markets and the maintenance of existing markets for Canadian wheat and barley.

    Through their market development activities, Cigi and CMBTC provide market signals to the entire value chain regarding customer requirements for end products. This market intelligence helps create new Canadian wheat and barley marketing opportunities abroad.

  • Who does the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off apply to?

    The Western Wheat & Barley Check-off is applicable to anyone who buys or sells wheat or barley in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia (B.C.).

  • What is the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off rate?

    The Western Wheat & Barley Check-off rate is 48¢/tonne of wheat sold in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and 56¢/tonne of barley in B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba (4¢/tonne of barley sold in Alberta).

  • Who receives Western Wheat & Barley Check-off dollars?

    There are three recipients of Western Wheat & Barley Check-off funding -- WGRF (30¢/tonne of wheat and 50¢/tonne of barley), Cigi (15¢/tonne of wheat) and CMBTC (3¢/tonne of barley sold in BC, SK & MB, and 3¢/tonne of barley sold in AB).

    Alberta Barley is the administrator of the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off and receives 3¢/tonne of wheat and 3¢/tonne of barley (sold in BC, SK & MB) and 1¢/tonne of barley (sold in AB) for administration costs.

  • Who collects the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off?

    Canadian Grain Commission-licensed grain buyers collect the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off at the point of sale. The check-off is included on Cash Purchase Tickets (CPTs) issued to farmers.

  • Is the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off transitional?

    Yes, the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off is a transitional measure introduced on August 1, 2012 following implementation of an open market for western Canadian wheat and barley. It is a federal initiative that will be in place during the five-year transition to a new research and market development model in Western Canada, made up of provincial wheat and barley commissions.

  • Do provincial check-offs replace the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off?

    No, the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off is in addition to any provincial check-offs. It offers benefits that are national in scope such as building upon Canada’s reputation as a trusted source of high-quality wheat and barley used in markets around the world.

    For more information, please contact your provincial wheat and/or barley commission.

    Alberta Wheat Commission: www.albertawheat.com
    Alberta Barley: www.albertabarley.com
    Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission: http://saskwheatcommission.com/
    Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission: http://saskbarleycommission.com/
    Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association: http://www.mbwheatandbarley.ca/
    BC Peace River Grain Industry Development Council: http://bcpeace.com/

  • Is the Western Wheat & Barley Check-off refundable?

    Yes. The Western Wheat & Barley Check-off is automatically collected upon delivery to a Canadian Grain Commission-licensed facility. However, if growers wish to receive a refund, they must contact Alberta Barley and apply for it by July 31st of that crop year.