The Alberta Oat Growers Commission (AOGC) was established by the provincial government in 2012 to begin collecting a 50 cents per tonne levy on all Alberta-grown oats marketed commercially.
AOGC uses the producer funds for oat research and market development to enhance the profitability of oats for growers and increase its value to the customer.
The strategic priorities of AOGC include research, market development; advocacy; building partnerships; and communication with oat growers, consumers, the oat industry, and governments.
The Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) was launched in 1998 by oat growers from the three prairie provinces and continues to act as an umbrella agency, coordinating activities with and through the producer associations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Each provincial oat commission has a Chair who is elected by the board, and that Chair is automatically a Vice-President of POGA. As well, members of the AOGC board are directors of POGA.
AOGC communicates with producers through the POGA newsletter that is distributed at least two times annually to inform producers with timely information on events, industry issues, research findings, and market information. Click here to view the Oat Scoop newsletter.
The Commission also connects with oat producers and industry at the annual general meeting (AGM) held in January each year. The AGM is an opportunity to inform producers of the activities of the organization, build relationships, and encourages members to bring their views to the board in-person.
Through its ongoing efforts, AOGC has successfully contributed to the profile, representation and profit of Alberta oat farmers.
As of 2021, through the three provincial associations, the Prairie oat growers have turned $3.9 M of levy dollars into $27.4 M which means growers in Western Canada have contributed less than 15 cents of every dollar spent on research and marketing.
The continued success of the AOGC is based on ensuring that producer interests are at the forefront of all decisions.
Alberta has become the third leg of a process which the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) sees as a way to finalize a prairie-wide entity funding oat research, market development and education. The Alberta Oat Growers Commission (AOGC) was established by the provincial government in July 2012, to begin collecting a 50 cents per tonne levy on all Alberta-grown oats marketed commercially. Collection began on August 1, 2012.
“The Alberta Oat Growers Commission is a big step for oat producers in our province,” added Gordon Pope, Director of the Alberta Oat Growers Commission Steering Committee. “Until now, an organization dedicated to the specific needs of Alberta’s oat growers didn’t exist. The new commission will work with our partners in Saskatchewan and Manitoba on initiatives that will benefit the western Canadian oat industry as a whole.”
While oats are one of the last of the major grains to create an advocacy and research organization, the funding support from Alberta oat growers, (through a check-off of less than 1 cent per bushel), will have a major impact on the future of the industry.
POGA was launched in 1998 by oat growers from the three prairie provinces and continues to act as an umbrella agency, coordinating activities with and through SODC , MOGA and now AOGC
All Alberta oat growers who pay into the service fee (also known as a check off) are welcome to attend the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Prairie Oat Growers Association, and the AGM of the Alberta Oat Growers Commission.
AOGC members are also encouraged to let their names stand for director positions. Benefits of being a director for AOGC include:
- Identify and direct research for the benefit of the entire industry;
- Increased industry knowledge;
- The opportunity to meet a large number of influential millers, buyers, and government officials across the province, nation and globally;
- Increased information sharing with other growers to learn what other farmers are doing and have experienced;
- Increased industry knowledge;
- Professional development;
- Reimbursement for all travel, honorariums for time spent on the commissions’ projects and committees.
Please contact the POGA office for information on how to express interest.