Oat Levy and Where Your Dollars Go
A 50 cent per tonne (about ¾ cent per bushel) levy on Saskatchewan produced oats is collected by buyers at the time of sale and then forwarded to SaskOats. This is the lowest check-off rate of any commodity.
Without farmer support for the Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission (SaskOats), Manitoba Oat Growers Association (MOGA) and Alberta Oat Growers Commission (AOGC) there is no opportunity to leverage government and industry support for research and marketing.
Through the three provincial associations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Prairie oat growers, and the provincial commissions, 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.
Typically, the oat commissions fund about 30 different oat projects to promote new markets, better varieties and to test agronomic practices. The full list of POGA supported projects is available under Research and Market Development at poga.ca
*POGA is 100% funded by the three provincial commissions and the board is made up of only producer members (there is no industry). Therefore, whenever a project is funded by POGA it is funded by all oat growers in Western Canada that leave their check-off dollars with their provincial commission.
Producer Levy Volunteer Payment Form
We realize there are some producer-to-producer oat sales or sales to companies that did not collect the check-off/levy on your behalf. If you wish to support your organization with your check-off dollars, please complete the Producer Levy Volunteer Payment Form (xlsx, 82 kB) and mail it with your cheque for the check-off/levy not paid. The oat growers greatly appreciate your support.
For refund request forms call (306) 975-1259. Completed forms can be emailed to email@example.com, or faxed to (306) 931-3950.
Producer Consent Form
Producer’s Consent Form for POGA to provide contact information to customers sourcing oats, and/or to publish that producer’s information on poga.ca.
*Note: Oat producers should always check their grain tickets to ensure that the appropriate levy has been assessed.