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Wheat and barley commissions established in Saskatchewan

June 20, 2013, Regina, SK - The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission have been established. As a result, Saskatchewan producers will be able to direct check-off dollars into research, market development and promotion initiatives for their sectors.

The commissions were established after an extensive consultation process with producers. It is anticipated the commissions will be fully operational and collecting check-offs by August 1.

Check-offs will be set at $0.52 per tonne for wheat and $0.50 per tonne for barley. This will generate revenue of approximately $4.3 million for wheat and $1 million for barley.

Both commissions will be served by interim boards and elections for permanent boards will occur by December 2013.

Check-off dollars administered by the commissions will go toward research initiatives that improve wheat and barley varieties, grow their marketability and generally provide higher value to wheat and barley producers in the long term.