Saskatchewan Pulse Growers To Maintain Non-Refundable Levy

December 13, 2016

Dear Pulse Grower,

This letter is to inform you that after consulting broadly with producers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) has decided to maintain a non-refundable pulse levy.

The discussion related to levy refundability began at SPG’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) where we received a resolution requesting the pulse levy be made refundable. In the months that followed the AGM we sought to obtain input on the subject from growers across Saskatchewan. We did this by encouraging discussions at our regional meetings, through calls, emails, and letters directly to the office, by notifying all pulse growers via mail of an open call for feedback on our website, and by conducting a statistically-valid survey of pulse growers through Insightrix Research.

Through each of these channels we learned that the views of growers on whether the pulse levy should be refundable or non-refundable are mixed. This was evident in the letters/emails we received, the informal discussions we had with growers, and in the survey undertaken by Insightrix Research which showed that 50 per cent of growers were in favour of a non-refundable levy and 44 per cent were in favour of a refundable levy (6 per cent were indifferent). Similarly, the input from those who participated in the open call for feedback on our website were also varied. With these mixed views, we did not believe there was a clear case that growers were in support of moving away from the current non-refundable levy.

Another important consideration that factored into our decision to maintain a non-refundable pulse levy was that a significant portion of the levy is invested into pulse crop breeding, and the varieties that result from those investments are made available to all pulse growers in Saskatchewan royalty-free.

Included along with this note are some of the highlights from the survey of growers undertaken earlier this year. If you are interested in a more comprehensive report of survey results, please see click here.

We will be reporting on this further at our 2017 AGM, which is being held on January 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM at Prairieland Park. For more details on the AGM please refer to the December issue of our PulsePoint Magazine or the events section of our website.

Tim Wiens
Chair, Board of Directors