Alberta Beef Producers Delegates and Directors are beef producers from across the province elected by their peers to represent the best interests of Alberta's beef industry.
ABP is structured to ensure the democratic representation of all producers, to encourage direct feedback from the grassroots, and to ensure that the organization is consistently revitalized with fresh ideas and representatives. Provincial legislation outlines the ABP’s basic structure, objectives and powers and provides for a check-off on all cattle marketed in order to finance its activities.
All cattle producers in Alberta who have paid a check-off in the previous 24 months are considered members and are eligible to vote.
The province is divided into five zones and producers in each zone elect seven zone delegates. Four delegates and then three delegates are elected in each zone in alternate years. Producers can serve five consecutive terms before they must step aside and allow other interested cattle producers to become involved.
The zone delegates annually elect 12 directors to sit on the ABP board. The full board of directors then elect a chair, vice chair and finance chair. The board of directors plus zone delegates form the official voting body at the Annual General Meeting. This voting body sets policy, directions and approves budgets for the organization.
Interested in becoming a delegate?
Becoming a delegate and acting as a voice for your industry is easy. Eligible producers simply review the responsibilities, make sure they fit the bill and then fill out the nomination form. An eligible producer means a producer resident in Alberta who has, in the last two years, sold cattle and paid a service charge to the Alberta Beef Producers or to another person on behalf of the Alberta Beef Producers. ABP reserves the right to verify your eligibility at any time.