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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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Sturgeon County Council Recap | April 12, 2022

Sturgeon County Council Recap | April 12, 2022 

Here are the highlights from the April 12, 2022, Sturgeon County Council Meeting: 

Changes to Council Meeting Dates 

The April 26 and May 10, 2022, Regular Council Meetings have been cancelled and meeting dates scheduled for April 22, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. and May 3, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting dates were changed to enable some members of Council and Administration to attend the Canadian Hydrogen Convention (April 26-28, Edmonton) and the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA) Conference (May 9-11, Canmore). 

Agribusiness and Agritourism Review Task Force Final Recommendations 

After hearing a presentation from the Chair of the Agribusiness Agritourism Review Task Force, Council accepted the Agribusiness and Agritourism Review Task Force Recommendations Report as information. Administration will bring forward an implementation strategy for the recommendations at the May 3, 2022, Regular Council Meeting for Council consideration. This includes proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw, which will be presented for consideration of first reading and scheduling of a Public Hearing. The Public Hearing will be the opportunity for members of the public to provide input on the proposed bylaw amendments. 

Supplementary Assessment Bylaw 

Council approved the Supplementary Assessment Bylaw 1586/22, which allows the County to levy taxes on properties that completed construction and/or projects that became operational during 2022. There are approximately 40 residential properties that would be affected as well as some non-residential, linear, and Designated Industrial properties. 

County borrowing limits adjusted 

Council gave second and third reading of the Short-Term Debt Borrowing Bylaw 1583/22, which increases the County’s short-term credit facility from $6 million to $25 million. This will provide the County with additional financing flexibility in the use of debt as a short-term financing solution. 

Fees and Charges amended for the Broadband Initiative 

Council approved Bylaw 1595/22 – Amendment to the 2022 Fees and Charges Bylaw to establish fees and charges related to the Sturgeon Broadband Fibre Network. The change will allow the County to prepare quotes for property owners in the Extended Service Area who wish to have broadband conduit and fibre installed on their property. Property owners can use the Broadband Availability Map to see the construction route and determine if their property is part of the Core Service Area or the Extended Service Area. More information can be found on the County website at sturgeoncounty.ca/GetConnected. Administration is also in the process of arranging public information sessions for residents to learn more about the project.  

Youth Advisory Committee Bylaw receives first reading 

After giving first reading of Bylaw 1588/22 Sturgeon County is one step closer to establishing a Youth Advisory Committee. Once established, the committee will provide the youth perspective on a variety of topics in the community. The bylaw will come forward to a future meeting for consideration of second and third readings. Further information regarding the proposed composition of the committee, timing of recruitment of members, and convening of the Committee will be provided at that time. 

Council approves over $300,000 in grants to local groups 

Council approved grants to various groups as recommended by the Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand and Gravel Advisory Committee and the Community Services Advisory Board

Open Space Plan update and recommendations 

After hearing a presentation from Administration, Council approved the 2022 Open Space Plan (OSP) Review and Update as an appendix to the 2016 Open Space Plan (2016). Council also adopted the four recommendations as policies for implementation over the next five years, which include prioritizing protection of the natural environment and diversity of open spaces. 

Road construction contract awards: 

Sturgeon County Position on Alberta Provincial Policing Proposal  

Council endorsed the Rural Municipalities of Alberta’s advocacy position in continued support of the RCMP for policing in Alberta, and that proposed new monies for an Alberta Provincial Police Service instead be invested in underfunded policing and critical services within the province. 

County passes bylaw to regulate data processing facilities 

Council gave second and third reading of Bylaw 1570/22 – Amendments to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 – Data Processing Facility Regulations. The bylaw will help mitigate potential concerns with data processing facilities, such as noise levels and frequency, as well as the aesthetics of any proposed development. Council noted the passing of the bylaw is not approval of any existing or proposed data processing facilities. Municipal regulations are in addition to provincial regulations enforced by the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta Energy Regulator. 

Council gives first reading of two land redistricting applications 

  • Bylaw 1581/22 – Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 in response to an application from Stratotech Raceway, an existing racetrack located in Sturgeon Industrial Park, to redistrict Lot 1 Plan 002 4376 to Direct Control District 21. A Stop Order is currently in effect on the property prohibiting the use of such for a “recreation, outdoor motorized vehicle facility” as it does not conform to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17. Council gave first reading of the bylaw to allow for the proposed redistricting to proceed to a Public Hearing to receive feedback from affected parties. 

  • Bylaw 1584/22 – Redistricting of Highland Ridge in response to an application for a proposed redistricting of a portion of land known as “Highland Ridge” located on the far east side of Sturgeon Valley. The redistricting would change the land from R2 – Country Estate Residential to AG – Agriculture. Despite being zoned to facilitate development in accordance with the R2 – Country Estate Residential district, the land has remained undeveloped and continues to be used for agricultural purposes. Council gave first reading of the bylaw in order to proceed to a Public Hearing to receive feedback from affected parties. 

First reading for Accessory Dwelling Units 

Council gave first reading of Bylaw 1587/22 - Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 - Accessory Dwelling Units which proposes to replace the entirety of the suite regulations of the Land Use Bylaw with streamlined and simplified regulations that combine Secondary, Garage, and Garden Suites and Secondary Dwellings together in a unified definition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). To ensure no current landowner rights are lost, the proposal includes the AG-Major and AG-Minor and will allow two units on all agricultural parcels greater than four hectares in size compared to the current regulations which only allows three dwellings. A Public Hearing will be held to allow for the public to provide input on the proposed amendments. 

Public Hearing for Meadowview Golf & Country Club proposal 

Sturgeon County held a Public Hearing for Bylaw 1571/22, which proposes to redistrict a parcel of land directly across from the existing Meadowview Golf & Country Club (also zoned as REC – Recreational) to enable future development that would complement their other development. The concept plan suggests potential future phases of development that could include a driving range, mini-golf, batting cages, go-karting, and a camping area for up to 60 recreational vehicles. Administration will be summarizing public feedback provided during the Public Hearing, and the bylaw will be brought forward at a later date for Council’s consideration. 

County moving ahead with the Clean Energy Improvement Program 

Following a Public Hearing held earlier in the meeting, Council gave second and third reading of Bylaw 1562/21 - Clean Energy Improvement Program Tax Bylaw. This bylaw allows the County to provide financing to residential and commercial property owners to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades for up to 100 per cent of project costs. This type of financing ties the loan to the property, not the property owner – if the property is sold, the owed amount can be repaid, or the new owner assumes repayment. The County will be launching the residential program first, to be followed by the non-residential program. Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) will provide technical support throughout the development of the program and lead core implementation tasks, including application and payment processing, website management, participant and contractor customer service, contractor onboarding, and marketing and engagement.   

 

Next Council Meeting 

The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on April 22, 2022.  

Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.  

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