Update regarding the 2012–2013 annual report, farmer refunds and annual audit
The Western Canadian Deduction Annual Report 2012-2013 is now available. To view the report click here.
Alberta Barley, the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi), the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) would like to thank farmers for their continued support of the program this past year.
The Western Wheat and Barley Check-off, also known as the Western Canadian Deduction for wheat and barley, is collected at the point of sale on Cash Purchase Tickets. The check-off is collected at a rate of $0.48 per tonne of wheat and $0.56 per tonne of barley ($0.04 per tonne of barley sold in Alberta).
Through this mandatory, but refundable check-off, wheat and barley farmers across western Canada invest in market development, agronomic and variety research, and technical support—giving wheat and barley farmers a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
Farmer check-off refunds
As indicated by our press release, all refund applications for the Western Wheat and Barley Check-off must be submitted to Alberta Barley at the end of each crop-year on July 31. Refunds are only processed once per year, and refund cheques are due in mailboxes in October.
If you do not receive your refund by October 31, please contact Asad Mahmood at 403-219-6268.
On a final note, as administrator of the Western Wheat and Barley Check-off, Alberta Barley performs an annual internal audit of the program. The results of the audit will be compiled into the 2013–2014 Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off annual report.
According to federal regulations, this report must be submitted to the federal government within 120 days of crop year-end—before November 28, 2014. The results of this 2013–2014 annual report will be released once approved by the federal government. Stay tuned to wheatbarleycheckoff.com for further updates.
For more information about the Western Wheat and Barley Check-off, the refund process or the FYE 2014 annual report, contact the Alberta Barley office at 1-800-265-9111.