Agricultural Services Events
- Nutrient Management Workshop - February 23, 2017, Lethbridge Community College
- Agritourism Farm Direct Marketing Workshop - February 28, 2017, Lethbridge Agriculture Centre
- AFFPA/AFMA "Farm to Market" Conference - March 2 & 3, 2017, Pomeroy Inn & Suites, Olds College Campus, Olds, Alberta
Agricultural Services News
- 2016 Insect Forecast Maps - Alberta Agriculture
- Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Growing Forward 2 Eligible Programs
- Alberta Environmental Farm Plan
- Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) - Financial support available for cattle producers affected by Bovine TB
- The CFIA is leading the investigation, and information about bovine tuberculosis and the most up-to-date information about the investigation is available on the CFIA website at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/tb
- Additional questions about the investigation are best directed to the CFIA
- Classroom Agriculture Program
- Field Guide to Support Integrated Pest Management in Field and Forage Crops
- Manure spill demonstration at 2015 North American Manure Expo
- Nutrient Management Planning
- Oldman Watershed Council
- On-Farm Energy Management and Solar Photovoltaics Program
- Quality Farm Dugouts
- Shelterbelt Information
- Working Well Program
Lethbridge County Nutrient Management Newsletter
Functions & Links
- ASB Meeting Minutes
- Mission Statement
- Farmer Pesticide Training Certificate Course (online):http://www.agriculture.alberta.ca/fpcp
- Successful completion of this course allows farmers to access fumigants for grain beetle control
- Growing Forward Program: http://www.growingforward.alberta.ca
Agricultural Services - Maintenance
1. Roadside Spraying
Roadside spraying is a necessary component of ASB operations in order to control the growth of noxious and prohibited noxious weeds on County right of ways to ensure our compliance with the Alberta Weed Control Act. Two boom mounted three ton trucks are utilized to blanket spray approximately 1150 kilometers of right of way and spot spray another 2300 kilometers of right of way each year. Land owners may enter into a “No Spray Zone” agreement with Lethbridge County if they do not wish to have the right of way adjacent to their property sprayed.
2. Equipment Rental
Lethbridge County Agriculture Service Board has purchased, with the assistance of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, two hand-held Gallagher RFID tag readers. The readers will be lent to producers to assist in reading tags for age verification, movement recording or any other functions associated with traceability.
The Gallagher SmartReader HR3 is a Bluetooth enabled hand held electronic ID reader which allows the user to read and store animal electronic ID tags. The Gallagher reader contains internal memory and internal rechargeable batteries.
Producers wishing to borrow a tag reader must enter into an Equipment Rental Agreement with the Agriculture Service Board department.
3. Pest Control
The Pest Control program involves a wide variety of activities including providing information and equipment to landowners for the control of problem skunks, raccoons, magpies and coyotes. All Norway rat sightings and suspected rabies infected animals are investigated and dealt with in cooperation with the appropriate government departments. Surveys for pests such as grasshopper, wheat stem sawfly, bacterial ringrot, Bertha armyworm, clubroot and fusarium graminearum are also conducted by ASB staff as directed by Alberta Agriculture and the ASB. Information on the Alberta Fusarium and Alberta Clubroot Management Plans can be accessed by going to the following links:
- Fusarium: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex5210
- Fusarium: Stop Fusarium Before it Stops You
- Clubroot: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex11519
4. Soil Conservation
The Agriculture Service Board is mandated by the Alberta Soil Conservation Act to “prevent the loss or deterioration of soil from taking place.” Cycles of freezing and thawing throughout the winter and periods of high winds make our soil very susceptible to erosion. In the event of erosion taking place the ASB has equipment such as a bale processor, straw crimper, chisel plow equipped with Lister shovels and heavy equipment equipped with rippers available to assist landowners.
5. Weed Inspection
A weed inspector is employed year round, during the growing season carrying out inspections for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds on all public and private lands within Lethbridge County not including cities and towns unless appointed. During the winter season the inspector collects seed samples and conducts inspections for licensing all seed cleaning plants operating within County boundaries as required under the Weed Control Act. The following links lists:
- Weed Control Act and Regulations:http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/acts6156
- Herbicide options for weed control: http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app23/herbsel
The mowing program entails the mowing of at least two meters on each side of 1700 kilometers of gravel roads and four meters each side of 200 kilometers of paved and cold mix roads. Mowing is necessary to assist graders in maintaining shoulders, reduce snow from drifting on roads and to increase line of sight at intersections and approaches. All hamlets, subdivisions and cemeteries within the County are also mowed for aesthetics and weed control.
7. Shelterbelt Tree Program
2013 was the final year landowners could receive trees from the PFRA Shelterbelt Program. The cancellation of this program ended of over 100 years of providing free trees to farmers and other landowners. The program was originally started to establish shelterbelts across the prairies in an effort to prevent soil erosion.
Lethbridge County has many tree nurseries that provide residents with locally grown trees that should do well in our environment. For your best tree options please contact one of the local tree nurseries.
If you would like more information regarding Agricultural Services for the County, please contact:
Supervisor of Agriculture Services