Farmers are being reminded to cast their vote in a plebiscite on the amalgamation of the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley Commission.

Tara Sawyer, Chair of Alberta Barley says they've been operating under a shared management system since 2017, and it has worked out well.

"There was a cost savings. That cost savings allowed us to invest further in two key areas agronomic extension, and research. The staff works really well together, then you put in the delegates, and the directors. You know there's a lot of similarities within both spaces."

 Alberta barley and wheat farmers who have paid a levy on wheat or barley sales in the past two years, including farmers who have requested refunds, can vote in the plebiscite.

Voting is set to close at 12 noon on Tuesday, November 1st.

The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association amalgamated back in 2014

Meantime, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission still operate as two separate entities.

Resolutions passed at the Saskatchewan Wheat  and the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission AGM's in January called on the two organizations to explore options for their potential amalgamation.