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Resources for Alberta Producers during Dry Conditions

This document provides a central location with information and tools to assist with on-farm business management and production issues during dry conditions and periods of business stress. Contact the Ag Info Center at 310-FARM (3276) or aginfocentre@gov.ab.caif you have questions or require more information. Hyperlinks in this document were last updated on July 15, 2021.

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Gateway Research Organization

A non-profit, farmer led, applied agricultural research association

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AgSafe Alberta

Agsafe Alberta develops and delivers farm safety management tools, resources, and programs for Alberta farmers and ranchers. Led by a supporting membership consisting of 26 crop and livestock producer groups, their goal is to help farming operations establish practical farm safety management systems to enhance a culture of safety, where safety is a fully-integrated part of the farm.

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Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association

The Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA) is the provincial not-for profit organization established to educate, train and certify industry professionals. The association engages its member installers, septage haulers, suppliers, municipalities and provincial government departments to arrive at sound practices that strengthen the industry, and ensure safe and effective septage management for all rural Alberta.

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Soil, Forages and Feed testing laboratories

Services for Agri-Processors and Producers

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Testing Farm drinking water

Online tool to assess quality and suitability of raw water sources for privately owned and operated supplies.

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Farm Machinery cost calculator

This tool allows you to calculate ownership and operating costs of common farm equipment.

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Clean Farms

Recycling solutions for agricultural communities.

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Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is a national, non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada.

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Alberta Seed Guide

Alberta farmers go-to source of variety and performance information.

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Forage Seed Mixture Calculator

This calculator will calculate a mix and estimate a seed density for drills or broadcast seedings for any grouping of plant species in the list. Some mixtures will not flow through all drills, some species and mixtures may not grow in your area. Do not waste seed. Consult a knowledgable seed or forage specialist for an appropriate species mixture.

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The Beef Cow-Calf Manual

This 4th edition of the Beef Cow-Calf Manual has been revised and expanded from 1989 edition to keep pace with recent information and technological advances. This manual sets out the basic principles of beef management.

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Alberta Forage Manual

The Alberta Forage Manual, 2nd Edition, offers producers comprehensive information on a range of forage topics: adaptation, legumes and grasses, annuals, mixtures, establishment, fertility, pasture management, harvesting and rejuvenation.

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Alberta Plastics Recycling Association (Agricultural Plastics)

APRA, through pro-active initiatives, demonstrates to government and the public, that industry is taking responsibility for finding solutions to plastics waste management issues in Alberta

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Alberta Soil Information Viewer

This free Internet viewer allows the user to view and query soils information in AGRASID (Agricultural Region of Alberta Soil Inventory Database).

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Agriculture Service Board Home Page

Information on the Government of Alberta's Agriculture Service Board

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Cows and Fish: Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, also known as "Cows and Fish", is a non-profit society striving to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and value riparian areas.

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Working Well Resources

Information resources for private water well owners in Alberta

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Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited works to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and grasslands to benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people.

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Land Stewardship Center

The Land Stewardship Center focuses their efforts in creating stewards: by improving understanding of healthy ecosystems, supporting grass-roots community stewardship efforts, and encouraging the development of practices and policies that support sustainable resource use.

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Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES)

AWES is a non-profit organization made up of members from government, industry, and non-profit sectors that share the common goal of encouraging sustainable forest management on private lands.

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Environmental Farm Plan

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks.

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ALUS “Alternative Land Use Services”

ALUS Canada is a national charitable organization that supports the delivery of the ALUS program across the country. ALUS Canada makes it possible to offset your environmental footprint through agricultural stewardship. ALUS invests in farmers and ranchers who are producing acres of clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services in communities across Canada.

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Working Well Resources

The Working Well program works to ensure safe and secure groundwater supplies for water well users in Alberta.

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Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program

The Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program offers financial support to eligible employers (must have waged, non-family workers and a WCB account) for eligible costs to improve health and safety in their operations and help them comply with the OH&S Code that takes effect on December 1, 2018.

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Farm Fresh producers

Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) is dedicated to supporting the production of farm direct market vegetable crops, berry and fruit crops, bedding plants, perennials, herbs, flowers, meats, poultry, eggs, wines, meads, and other specialty items in Alberta.

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ProAction

With proAction, dairy farmers offer proof to customers that they work to ensure milk quality and safety, and to continually improve animal health and welfare as well as environmental stewardship.

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Verified Beef Production Plus

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program enables Registered beef cattle producers to prove to consumers and retailers that they adhere to the highest standards for food safety, animal care and environmental stewardship.

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CanadaGAP

CanadaGAP is a food safety program for companies that produce, handle and broker fruits and vegetables. The program has received full Canadian Government Recognition, and is designed to help implement and maintain effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations

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Canadian Agriculture Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector set to begin in April 2018 and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership. In Alberta, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.

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Animal Health Act

This legislation puts in place much of the necessary infrastructure and traceability systems to respond quickly if there are threats of disease outbreaks or other emergencies that could affect animal health, public health, or food safety. Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian (CPV) has a lead role in animal disease response.

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Farm and Ranch Workplace legislation

The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 to extend workplace legislation to farms and ranches. The new rules only apply to farm and ranch operations that employ paid workers. They don't apply to owners or their family members.

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Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA)

The AOPA legislation sets out a framework for resolving conflicts between agricultural producers and the public relating to nuisance and disturbance caused by agricultural operations. An agricultural nuisance or disturbance includes things such as odor, dust, noise, smoke. Confined feeding operations (CFO) are also dealt with extensively and in particular, manure storage and handling standards are detailed.

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Livestock Industry Diversification Act

The Livestock Industry Diversification Act is legislation that applies to livestock that fall outside the realm of traditional livestock.

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Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) is the primary act in Alberta through which regulatory requirements related to air quality is managed. The purpose of EPEA is to support and promote the protection, enhancement and wise use of the environment.

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Agriculture Pest Act

The Agricultural Pests Act enables the Minister's authority to declare an animal, bird, insect, plant, or disease as a pest or nuisance if it is destroying, harming, or is likely to destroy or harm any land, livestock, or property in all or part of Alberta.

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Soil Conservation Act

The Soil Conservation Act describes the requirement for landholders to prevent soil loss or deterioration from taking place or to stop loss or deterioration from continuing.

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Weed Control Act

This Act aims to regulate Noxious weeds, prohibited noxious weeds and weed seeds through various control measures.

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STOP a killer from entering Alberta

Dutch Elm Disease Public Awareness Week June 22-28

The Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) is asking for your assistance to save our beautiful elm trees from the deadly Dutch elm disease (DED).  Alberta has been fortunate to remain DED free but is constantly aware of the threat of the disease pressing the Saskatchewan and Montana borders. One of the largest spreaders of DED are the elm bark beetles (EBB) that can carry DED on elm firewood. Beetles can hitch a ride on infected elmwood and be carried by unsuspecting campers and homeowners.

DED is caused by a fungus that clogs the elm tree's water conducting system, causing the tree to die.  The fungus is primarily spread from one elm tree to another by one of the three EBBs: the smaller European elm bark beetle, the banded elm bark beetle, or the native elm bark beetle.  The beetles are attracted to weak and dying trees, which serve as breeding sites for the beetles.  Once the beetles have pupated and turned into adults, they leave the brood gallery and fly to healthy elms to feed, thus transporting the fungus on their bodies from one tree to the next.

Under the Alberta Agricultural Pests Act (APA) “Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation (PNCR)the DED pathogens and the EBBs are named declared pests. All municipalities, counties and MDs in the province of Alberta have the responsibility and authority to prevent and control DED under the APA.

For those municipalities that do not have a DED bylaw in place, the APA provides a means for enforcement. Several sections of the APA and the Regulation can be applied. It is an offence not to take “active measures” and not to follow an Inspector’s Notice which can be issued by an agricultural fieldman, community peace officer, a municipal officer that has dual municipal and provincial appointments, or an APA pest inspector appointed by the municipality. They all have the powers and responsibilities outlined under the APA Section 17 to enforce the Alberta DED Prevention/Control Measures to the land owner.  The measures can be found at https://open.alberta.ca/publications/dutch-elm-disease-prevention-control-measures-responsibilities-authority-apa .

Using traps and lures, monitoring for the EBB is done annually throughout Alberta by STOPDED. Only the smaller European and the banded have been found on traps throughout the province in low numbers since 1996. In recent years, higher numbers of the banded EBB have been found in the City of Medicine Hat and now are being found in more municipalities in southern Alberta. There have been two isolated cases of DED in the province, one in Town of Wainwright in 1998, and the last, in the City of Lethbridge in 2020. The trees were immediately removed and buried. Elm trees in both municipalities were immediately surveyed for signs of disease in elm trees and elm firewood near the detection sites.


What can you do?

  • Know the DED symptoms. Leaves on a DED-infected elm will wilt or droop, curl and become brown. This appears in mid-June to mid-July. Leaves on trees infected later in the season usually turn yellow and drop prematurely. Leaf symptoms are accompanied by brown staining under the bark.
  • If you feel an elm has DED symptoms, please phone the STOPDED hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS.  All suspect elms must have a sample taken from the infected part of the tree and tested by the Province of Alberta’s Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development’s (AFRED) lab. Lab costs are covered by the AFRED. In order to prevent an uncontrolled outbreak, the DED positive elm must be removed and destroyed immediately.
  • Be aware of the provincial elm pruning ban between April 1 and September 30.  The beetles are most active at this time and can be attracted to the scent of fresh tree cuts, possibly infecting a healthy elm.
  • Keep your elm trees healthy.
  • Water elms well from April to mid-August.  To allow the tree to harden off for the winter, watering should be stopped mid-August followed by a good soaking or two before freeze-up.
  • Remove dead elm branches as they can provide beetle habitat only between October 1 and March 31st.
  • Dispose of all elm wood immediately by burning, burying or chipping.
  • Report all suspect trees to the DED Hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS.

 

What you should NOT do:

  • Do not transport or store elm firewood at any time!
  • Do not transport elm firewood into Alberta!  Firewood is confiscated at all the Alberta-Montana border crossings.
  • Do not prune elms between April 1 to September 30.

 

To report a DED suspect elm tree or for more information, call the STOPDED hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS or check out the web site at www.stopded.org

We must stay vigilant to keep our elms healthy. DED can be prevented.

 

Janet Feddes-Calpas
STOPDED Executive Director

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