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Agriculture Resources

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 | May 3, 2022

Sturgeon County Council Recap | May 3, 2022

Here are the highlights from the May 3, 2022, Sturgeon County Council Meeting:

Deputy Mayor Comeau started off the meeting by reading out the following proclamations:

National Youth Week, May 1–7, in recognition of the valuable contributions youth make in Sturgeon County, and to help support opportunities to further youth development.

Economic Development Week, May 9-13, in recognition of the role of economic development in expanding career opportunities for residents and improving quality of life in Sturgeon County.

Council received a presentation from the President of the Alcomdale Local Development Cooperative Ltd. regarding the Co-op’s proposal to transfer its water and wastewater assets to the County. Administration will bring forward a recommendation to Council at a future meeting.

Council has approved the 2022 Dust Suppression Program, which includes fully subsidized treatment (view the maps) and partially subsidized treatment (view the maps). Council also approved additional locations for fully subsidized treatment at a total cost of $42,185, which is being funded from the General Operating Reserve (view the maps).

The Meadowview Drive collector reconstruction project will be proceeding after Council awarded the construction contract to Integrity Infrastructure Inc. at a cost of $4,895,749.40. More information on construction projects along Meadowview Drive can be found at sturgeoncounty.ca/CapitalProjects.

Agricultural inspectors have been appointed for the 2022 season. The inspectors will be conducting surveillance activities under the authority of both the Agricultural Pests Act and the Weed Control Act. More information on the programs can be found in the Agriculture Services section of the County’s website.

A public hearing was held for Bylaw 1584/22, which proposes to redistrict an area known as Highland Ridge in the Sturgeon Valley area from Country Estate Residential to Agriculture. The change was requested as the applicant noted that it would not be economically viable to develop the land into a multi-lot subdivision. After considering information shared during the public hearing, Council gave second and third reading of the bylaw.

A public hearing was also held for Bylaw 1581/22 for a redistricting application from Stratotech Raceway located in the Sturgeon Industrial Park to allow the racetrack to continue operations. The proposed bylaw will come back to Council at a later date for consideration.

Council gave first reading of bylaws 1589/22, 1590/22, and 1591/22, regarding a proposal to dissolve the County’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC). Administration initially brought forward this recommendation in February, noting it would allow the County to process development permit applications faster without compromising the level of service. Public hearings will be held for all three bylaws at a later date to collect public feedback on the proposed dissolution of the MPC.

Council also gave first reading to Bylaw 1597/22, to amend the Land Use Bylaw by adding a new definition of “Diversified Agriculture.” The definition was one of the recommendations coming from the Agribusiness and Agritourism Review Task Force Final Report, presented to Council on April 12, 2022. The report from Administration also included information on the proposed implementation strategy for the other recommendations contained within the Final Report. A public hearing will be held at a later date to collect public feedback on the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendment. More information on the Agribusiness and Agritourism Review can be found at sturgeoncounty.ca/AgriReview.

Next Council Meeting

The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on May 24, 2022.

Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.

 

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