Alberta Oat Growers Commission (AOGC) is regulated under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act in Alberta and monitored by the Alberta Marketing Council. Council members are appointed by and accountable to the Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. AOGC is governed by the Alberta Oat Growers Commission Authorization Regulation and the Alberta Oat Growers Commission Plan Regulation. The new AOGC Bylaws were approved at the AOGC annual general meeting in 2022 by producers in attendance. The Bylaws and updated AOGC Plan Regulations have been approved by the Alberta Government and can be found below:
AOGC is governed by six farmer directors who are democratically elected by levy payers to ensure the Commission’s strategic priorities are effectively executed by the AOGC staff. Director responsibilities include board meetings, participation on various committees, and all directors that have not received a refund of their levy in the past two years are automatically a member of the Prairie Oat Growers (POGA) Board of Directors.
Elections for the AOGC Board of Directors are held every year. Farmers who have paid an oat levy within the two years prior to an election are eligible to run in the election. Interested producers can contact the POGA office to express interest and obtain the necessary forms for completion. Directors are elected for a three-year term and are eligible to hold office for a maximum of three consecutive terms.
Annual General Meeting
The AOGCs Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place each year in January unless there are extenuating circumstances. The AGM welcomes new directors in election years and includes the appointment of an accountant for the upcoming year, and reporting on the financials and activities of the past year as part of the annual report.
The AGM is a great opportunity for levy payers to ask questions or bring forward any resolutions (a formal motion requesting that AOGC take action on a particular activity or issue). If a producer is interested in bringing a resolution forward to the AGM, please contact the POGA office at least 30 days in advance for further information.