Marketing Council extends plebiscite voting
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.