Refund Deadline for the Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program is July 31

CALGARY, ALBERTA — (Marketwired) — 07/15/14 — Alberta Barley is reminding farmers in Western Canada that the upcoming July 31, 2014 deadline for refund applications under the Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program is fast approaching.

Administered by Alberta Barley, the five-year transitional Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program was established on August 1, 2012 via regulations under the Canada Grain Act.

The Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program is collected at the point of sale on Cash Purchase Tickets (CPT) 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). This check-off is separate from any existing provincial programs.

Check-offs collected through the program help fund the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi). These organizations lead the way in developing new varieties, new markets and more opportunities for wheat and barley farmers.

“The second year of this program went very smoothly,” said Alberta Barley’s Finance and Human Resources Manager Syeda Khurram. “In the coming months, our accounting staff will continue to actively answer check-off questions and assist farmers through the refund process.”

The check-off, while mandatory, is refundable. Farmers wishing for a refund of their check-off dollars for the 2013-2014 crop year must submit a completed refund application to Alberta Barley by July 31, 2014. Refunds are only processed once a year with the cheques distributed yearly before the end of October.

Alberta Barley is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s barley farmers. The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.