Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil ex­tends plebiscite vot­ing

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - CONTRIBUTE­D

The Al­berta Agri­cul­tural Prod­ucts Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil (Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil) has an­nounced that vot­ing on the plebiscite re­gard­ing a non-re­fund­able ser­vice charge for Al­berta Beef Pro­duc­ers (ABP) will be ex­tended for two weeks un­til Nov. 27.

The orig­i­nal dead­line for the vot­ing was Novem­ber 13, 2018, but Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil rec­og­nized that the ter­ri­ble weather dur­ing Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber left many pro­duc­ers far be­hind on their har­vest and other fall work in the fields dur­ing the plebiscite vot­ing pe­riod.

Along with har­vest weather con­di­tions, Canada Post dis­rup­tions had the po­ten­tial to fur­ther af­fect the move­ment of mail-in bal­lots.

The plebiscite on the fund­ing model for Al­berta Beef Pro­duc­ers rep­re­sents an im­por­tant choice for beef pro­duc­ers as they make a de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of their in­dus­try and fu­ture fund­ing of ABP, their or­ga­ni­za­tion. Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil wants to give pro­duc­ers as much op­por­tu­nity as pos­si­ble to par­tic­i­pate in plebiscite vot­ing and both ABP and the Al­berta Cat­tle Feed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion sup­port the de­ci­sion to ex­tend the vot­ing pe­riod. This is a pro­ducer de­ci­sion and more pro­duc­ers vot­ing will make the de­ci­sion more cred­i­ble and give us clear di­rec­tion on the fund­ing model.

Cat­tle and beef pro­duc­ers can vote at Agri­cul­ture Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (AFSC) of­fices or by mail un­til Novem­ber 27. Once again, we urge pro­duc­ers to make your voice heard and please vote in the plebiscite. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$de­part ment/dept­docs.nsf/all/apmc16728.

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