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Agriculture Services Board

AGRICULTURAL SERVICES BOARD

Vision:


The Agricultural Service Board provides to the residents of Cardston County programs and services to promote, protect, enhance and support agriculture and the natural landscape to make Cardston County a better place to live.


Mission:

The Cardston County Agricultural Service Board, together with the agricultural community, will continue to develop and deliver programs that: maintain and improve water quality and the watershed value of our rivers, reduce the risk of pests to agriculture, protect the County from new invasive weed species and maintain control of existing infestations, assist provincial and federal agencies as needed for disease control and monitoring, continue to provide quality rental equipment that meets the unique needs of our agricultural producers, and advise County Council on agricultural issues.


AGRICULTURAL SERVICES CONTACT INFORMATION

Main Office: 403-653-4977 Fax: 403-653-1126

Councillor Michael Loose-ASB Chairman

michael.loose@cardstoncounty.com   403-634-7344

Rod Foggin-Agricultural Fieldman

rod@cardstoncounty.com 403-382-8236

Stephen Bevans-Assistant Fieldman

stephen@cardstoncounty.com 403-634-9474

Rentals and Chemical: 403-653-3712

CHIEF MOUNTAIN CUMULATIVE EFFECTS STUDY:

The Chief Mountain Cumulative Effects Study (CMS) arose from local concern about land-use trends and their associated long-term impacts on groundwater and surface water reserves, water quality, wildlife populations and habitats, land fragmentation, native grassland integrity, and agricultural lands in general. The purpose of CMS is to provide information on the potential outcomes of changes in land use and development in the area if current trends continue. Below is a link to the CMS website for more information:

Chief Mountain Cumulative Effects Study

INVASIVE PLANTS:

Invasive plants were often deliberately cultivated by people but 'escaped' to grow elsewhere, uncontrolled. While some weeds can be harmless, and even chosen to be decorative in homes and gardens, some weeds can harm the environment in a number of ways. For instance, when an invasive soil species takes over, one type of root system will dominate which may lead to soil erosion. Even if the invasives are removed, this problem can put local water resources at risk due to increased run off. Another problem of invasive plant is that the natural wildlife depends on native plant life for food and such. When a foreign species of plant takes over, it has the potential to decrease suitable wildlife habitat. To learn more about certain types of invasive plants, please click the link listed below.

The Cardston County Agricultural Service Board strives to provide timely, efficient and cost effective weed control services to help protect agricultural production and Native landscapes within Cardston County. For assistance in identification or for purchases, rentals, and recommendations regarding control of invasive pests please contact the Agricultural Fieldman, Rod Foggin, at 403-653-4977.


Please be aware, that there are two categories of weeds that citizens should be aware of:

Noxious Weeds have to be controlled by the landowner or by the person who occupies the land. Some weeds include Dames Rocket, Baby's Breath and Yellow Clematis.

Prohibited Noxious Weeds have to be destroyed by the landowner or by the person who occupies the land. Some weeds include Himalayan Balsam, St. John's Wort and Purple Loosestrife.

For more information on the Alberta Invasive Plants Council, and information on identifying invasive plants, please click here.

CLUBROOT:

Clubroot, or Plasmodiophora brassicae is a serious disease of cruciferous crops including mustard, broccoli, cabbage and most importantly canola and is found throughout the world, including Alberta. Clubroot is a declared pest under the Alberta Agricultural Pests Act.

What is Clubroot? It is a protist (an organism with plant, animal and fungal characteristics). It is a serious problem because it spreads through soil and is long lived (up to 20 years) in the warm, moist, acidic soils common in Alberta. The disease causes the root cells to swell creating galls which tie up nutrients and moisture. Infested soil on farm/industrial equipment, and by soil eroded by wind and water are methods by which Clubroot spreads. Infection of 100% will reduce crop yields by 50%.

Early signs of infestation in the seedling stage are wilting, stunting and yellowing, in later states plants my ripen prematurely. By using long crop rotations (4 year cycle), practising sanitation methods on equipment, reduced tillage and direct seeding, field scouting and avoiding the use of straw and manure from unknown sources and untreated seed can help prevent the occurrence of Clubroot.

Currently, there are no registered fungicides or crop resistant varieties available in Canada for the management of this pest. Using long crop rotations with cruciferous crops is the only strategy for producers to manage Clubroot at this time.

Alberta Agriculture Clubroot Management Plan

AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS PRACTICES ACT (AOPA): The purpose of this guide is to provide agricultural operations in Alberta with information on:

*How the AOPA applies to various agricultural operations that handle manure.

*The requirements and regulations under AOPA that deals with siting; manure storage, collection and application; feeding and bedding sites; livestock corrals; soil testing and analysis; and record keeping.

*The issues related to ongoing compliance and enforcement.

For information on the above listed items and for a complete view of the AOPA, please visit this website.

AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada presents useful information pertaining to Canada's agricultural industry including notes on livestock, crop profiles, planning and building farm shelterbelts and other important items.

Please visit the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website if you would like additional information.

CARDSTON COUNTY WATERSHED:

Alberta Water Well Information Database: Groundwater Information Centre

OWC-Oldman Watershed Council

Milk River Watershed Council

SOIL CONSERVATION:

Alberta Soil Conservation Act

Alberta Soil Information Viewer

HAYING PERMITS:

Applications for haying of municipal right of ways will be accepted up to May 31 with priority given to adjacent landowners. In order to receive a permit an Access and Work Agreement must be signed and all conditions met.

You must have Comprehensive or Commercial General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than two million ($2,000,000) dollars per occurrence against bodily injury, personal injury and property damage and completed operations liability. All areas listed for haying on the access and work agreement must be cut by the applicant in a manner that creates no hazard to traffic. Bales must not be left on the edge of the road or left in an area tat will block drainage. Any cost incurred by the Cardston County to enforce these conditions may be charged back to the applicant. Contact the County Office at 403-653-4977 for more info.

SHELTERBELT PROGRAMS:

The PFRA Shelterbelt program for trees has been discontinued.  Please talk to Rod and ask him about other options available.

Cardston County Strychnine Distribution Program:

The Cardston County Agricultural Service Board will have 2% liquid strychnine available for purchase. It will be made available only to pest control operators and farmers for the control for Richardson Ground Squirrels.

Please be aware that there are strict guidelines in place regarding the purchase and use of this product which will be discussed at time of purchase. Purchases must be paid for at time of pick-up.

For more information, call Rod Foggin-403-382-8236

USEFUL LINKS:

Growing Forward Alberta (home)

Growing Forward Water Management Program

Growing Forward Integrated Crop Management Program

*The integrated Crop Management Program is now open until Aug. 25, 2011.

Growing Forward Grazing and Winter Feeding Program

*There is limited funding.

Growing Forward Manure Management Program

*All the above programs are now fully subscribed.

Cows and Fish Alberta Habitat Management Society

Foothills Forage and grazing Association

Alberta Agriculture

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Alberta Forage Manual

Alberta Bear Smart Program

If you would like to view the ASB minutes, please follow this link to filepro.