Alberta Beef Producers seeks feedback on operations

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) has begun asking for feedback from some 20,000 beef producers in the province

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) has begun asking for feedback from some 20,000 beef producers in the province to review its operations and structure.

To do that, ABP is in the midst of hearing from as many producers as they can to properly represent them. The group hosted a plan review meeting July 28 in Lacombe and planners say they expect to be in many other Alberta communities over the next few months.

Rich Smith, ABP executive director, says, since the organization is considered an Alberta commission, they are required to hear from members every five years. The last review had requests to see a smaller board of directors “in reaction to financial restraints.”

He feels this year, discussions will be more directed to funding. Money the organization receives from the sale of beef has been reduced, which has affected some of their operations.

“We want to make sure producers see their representation as valid,” he explained.

Results from the meetings and from a discussion paper will be compiled and proposals will be presented some time in October. Once those proposals have been finalized, Evans said delegates would vote on them at their AGM in Calgary in December.

“Producers will have lots of opportunity through the fall to respond to proposals,” he said.

“The more producers we hear from, the better we’ll be able to work on their behalf,” Evans added.

A discussion paper can be found on the ABP website at www.albertabeef.org and producers can submit their recommendations on the website, via fax or mail or specific suggestions they can call the office at 403-275-4400.