The Falher Co-operative Seed Cleaning Plant ventured into new territory in 2017.
The plant tried to promote seed treating and purchased a seed treater to take to farmers’ lands, to custom treat seed and apply chemicals to seed.
This was one of the issues that outgoing Chairperson Cory Labrecque discussed at the Co-operative’s annual general meeting, held in the Esquire Hotel in Girouxville on Dec. 7.
Although there weren’t enough members for a quorum, a motion was passed to continue with the meeting.
Labrecque also noted the Co-operative purchased a new indent machine and new screens for the wind and screen machines. These purchases have increased the Co-operative’s capacity for cleaning and giving the farmer a better, final clean grain sample, he adds.
Labrecque ended his report on a positive note.
“Overall, the plant is running well and we have excellent staffing.”
Labrecque’s report was accepted as presented. He also read the minutes of the annual general meeting that was held on Dec. 6, 2016. It was also accepted as presented.
Michel Sylvain of Sylvain & Company presented the auditor’s report and it was accepted as presented, too. A motion was also passed to appoint Sylvain & Company as the auditor for 2017/18.
Later, Labrecque discussed possible upgrade possibilities for the seed cleaning plant, as well as possible rate adjustments for 2018.
Towards the end of the meeting, Hector Ouellette gave a report about Alberta Seed Processors. Ouellette is the director of Region 7 for the organization.
The last piece of business was the election of directors. Ouellette was re-appointed as a Class A Director. Labrecque resigned from the board, having served nine years. But even with the vacancy, the board still meets the minimum requirement under the articles of incorporation.