Just looking at the Sask Canola Growers and the Sask Barley Development Commissions annual reports. The SCGA board members pay themselves an average of $28,171, the barley board $8,688. Are the canola guys doing 3.2x the work as the barley guys, I doubt it. The canola council has a staff of 8, Sask barley, 1 administrative staff working part time. So what are the sask canola guys doing to justify a half time salary, are they really working 20/hours a week on board business. If they are having to work that much perhaps they should hire some more staff to take some off the burden of continually going on vacations, sorry "destination meetings". The boards job is to give advice, oversight and hire a manager, not to micro manage, not to go on every trade trip, not to go to every meeting in a resort village. Give me a break, this excess and waste is why people ask for their money back. 14% of the Sask Canola money is refunded and these idiots on the board think everything is honkey dorey. I would think if everyone was happy the number should be less then 5%, its less then 5% for the barley board. The vote for the board is a joke, we are supposed to get enough info about a person from a 1 paragraph bio to get an informed opinion. I am going to start choosing to vote with my checkoff dollars.
I know the canola growers have 10x the revenue as the Sask barley board, so I expect lots of increased costs in comparison, but using them as an example to show what can be done on a shoe string budget. I suspect that some of these boards that are forced to work on a shoe string budget and don't pay their board member's such an ostentatious salary have a better calibre of board member who do it for the love and benefit of the industry. I suspect the members of the Sask Canola board do it for the money and for the most part are politician farmers. I want the board members to be paid fairly for their time for our industry, I just don't want my money to be wasted on excess and it being continually flaunted by their twitter profiles as a guise of them working hard for the money.