Alberta Beef Producers plebiscite update

  From the October 29, 2018 issue of Agri-News
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 A reminder that Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council is conducting a plebiscite for the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) on the matter of its service charge model. Voting closes November 13, 2018.

Norine Moore, chair of Marketing Council, says that delivery services for mail-in ballots may be impacted as a result of the Canada Post labour disruption. “As with everyone else, we will be learning more about the specifics of the labour disruption as rotating blackouts are announced each day. Because the impact is really unknown, Marketing Council is encouraging producers to take the potential for slower mail into consideration when they cast their vote.“

“If you have received a ballot in the mail, make sure you fill it out and return it as soon as possible,” Moore adds. “If you are concerned about the mail, you also don’t have to mail it back. You can take the completed ballot with the mailing envelope to an AFSC office or to one of the ABP regional meetings and just put it in the ballot box there.”

“The question on the ballot asks producers if they would like the ABP service charge model to be refundable at the request of the producer - which is the current model - or to be non-refundable, where all of the service charges stay with the Commission,” she says.

Eligible producers can vote in person at the ABP Fall Regional Meetings polling stations or at any Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) office now until November 13. Please note those offices are closed November 12, and also at lunch.

More information on the plebiscite, eligibility criteria, and voting locations can be found at or by contacting the Returning Officer at 1-855-667-3311,

Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council

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This information published to the web on October 23, 2018.