AGRICULTURE SERVICE BOARD

 

AGRI-BUSINESS of the YEAR Award Recipients:
 
Vermilion Veterinary Clinic, Vermilion, AB  More Info
Klassen Equipment of Dewberry, AB   More info
Tingley's Harvest Centre, Lloydminster, AB More Info
UFA Vermilion Farm & Ranch Supply Store, Vermilion, AB  More details here.
DewFab, Dewberry, AB
John Stewart Family - Craigs Vermilion, Vermilion, AB
CVR Seed Cleaning Plants
Newcap Broadcasting (Agriculture News), Lloydminster, AB
Agland, Lloydminster, AB
Lakeland College Studen Farm Sunfuel Program, Vermilion, AB
Kitscoty Meats & Vermilion Packers
Webb's of Vermilion
Dennill's Agricentre Ltd, Dewberry, AB
Nilsson Brothers, Vermilion, AB
DI-AL Seed Farm, Rivercourse, AB
United Grain Growers Distribution Centre, Vermilion, AB

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCER of the YEAR Award Recipients:

OB Potato Growers, Marwayne, AB
Sands Seed Farm of McLaughlin, AB  
More info 
Sean & Tanya McGrath Family and Fred & Anne McGrath Family   
More details here.
Ian & Marilyn Parsons, McLaughlin, AB
Hedge Haven Farms & The Cheesiry, Headon Family, Kitscoty, AB
Danny & Rhonda Farkash, Vermilion, AB
Darcy & Joseph Eddleston Families, McLaughlin, AB
Ralph Chamberlain Family, Tulliby Lake, AB
Duncan MacMillan Family, Vermilion, AB
Harbin Seed Farm, Rivercourse, AB
Doug Livingstone Family, Vermilion, AB
Blacklock Farms, Dewberry, AB
Scriber Farms, Alcure, AB
Elk Valley Farms, Kitscoty, AB
Brian Chrisp & Family, Vermilion, AB 
 


Mission Statement
The County of Vermilion Agricultural Service Board provides agricultural programs and services for rural residents to promote a sustainable and diverse agriculture industry within the County.

Vision
The County of Vermilion River Agricultural Service Board will deliver or co-sponsor needed programs and services in the areas of weed & pest contral, soil & water conservation and environmental stewardship and agricultural opportunity development. The ASB will have a client focus of all rural residents within the County. Agricultural producers, industry and other rural residents will reside with minimal conflict. Land will be conserved for agricultural use and strong policies and innovative funding will provide resources for Board operation. The Agricultural Service Board will have a broad perspective on issue identification and will provide effective policies. 

Guiding Principles
  1. Communicate with residents in an open and transparent manner
  2. Balance exists between agriculture, industrial and residential land and water use
  3. Good stewardship of municipal lands
  4. Proactive planning for environmentally sustainable development
  5. Rural residents live in harmony with each other
Goals:
  1. To provide services that benefit agricultural and rural residents in the County
  2. Enhance environmental sustainability by encouraging responsible stewardship of land and water resources
  3. Incorporate current issues, technologies and trends in agriculture into programs and services delivered by the ASB
  4. Operate in an efficient and effective manner, communicating the benefits and outcomes of the Board and staff internally and externally

 
Goal 1: To provide services that benefit agricultural and rural residents in the County

Strategies: 
  1. Maintain effective and efficient services
  2. Annually evaluate services provided and assess whether they should be modified
  3. Cooperate with other agencies to provide services where appropriate
Actions:
Weed Control
  • inspection and control on County land
  • control on County roadsides
  • inspection on privately held land
  • maintain “no-spray zone” policy
  • increase inspection and control of noxious weeds on industrial property
  • maintain Seed Cleaning Plant inspections
  • develop alliances with Seed Cleaning Plants to create an early-warning network for both weed issues as well as crop pest threats such as insects
Pest Control
Vertebrates 
  1. Rat Control – Maintain Control levels and Alberta Rat-Free status through participation in Alberta Rat Control Program
  2. Beaver Control – Maintain control and dam-blasting capability for flood-loss reduction and infrastructure protection
  3. Richardson’s Ground Squirrel and Pocket Gopher control – help to facilitate access to effective pest control products
  4. Mice Control – help facilitate access to effective pest control products to minimize the risk of hantivirus
  5. Problem Wildlife Control – help facilitate problem resulution for rural acreage residents
Insects
  1. Grasshopper, Bertha Armyworm, Diamondback Moth & Wheat Midge Control – participate in Prairie Pest Monitoring Coalition to help provide and early warning system for local farmers
  2. West Nile virus coordination if provincially funded
Disease Control
Crops
  1. Participate in Fusarium monitoring and control activities to minimize spread
Livestock
  1. Monitor developments regarding BSE regulatory and trade policy to assist County beef cattle producers to improve enterprise viability
Goal 2: Enhance environmental sustainablility by encouraging responsible stewardship of land and water resources

Strategies
  1. Maintain relevant programming to address current and future water and land sustainability issues
Actions: 
  1. Continue participation as a delivery agent for the AESA program
  2. Continue to be a delivery agent for the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan program
  3. Continue to monitor water issues in the County and participate in stakeholder committees for the North Saskatchewan , Battle and Vermilion River Watersheds
  4. Continue to provide access to a Water Utility for rural residents
Goal 3: Incorporate current issues, technologies and trends in agriculture into programs and services provided by the ASB

Strategies
  1. Education programs offered to residents reflect current trends and issues and encourage a viable and diverse agriculture industry
  2. Continued participation by staff in AAAF training programs for current technologies
  3. Continued “information day” discussions between ASB and staff regarding ASB program needs
Actions
  1. Continue participation at local trade shows such as Cattlemens Corral/Crop Visions
  2. Hold a summer tour(s) to evaluate crop and livestock alternatives in the local ecosystem
  3. Support the Agriculture In The Classroom program
  4. Partner with agencies such as Reduced Tillage Linkages and industry associations where mutually beneficial
  5. Support and participate in ASB provincial conference and summer tour as well as In-Service-Training
  6. Continue to hold quarterly or as-needed “information days” for discussion of ASB issues with staff
Goal 4: Operate in an effective and efficient manner, communicating the benefits and outcomes of the  Board and staff both internally and externally

Actions
  1. Review ASB business plan annually to update and evaluate progress
  2. Implement a communication plan to enhance both internal and external communication in order to make Council, staff and rural residents more aware of the role, programs, accomplishments and benefits provided to the County by the ASB
  3. Continue Council participation in ASB to maximize diversity with respect to geography, enterprise familiarity and agricultural issues in the County
  4. Explore potential partnerships with the agriculture and environmental science programs at Lakeland College in the areas of new technology development, work experience for students, laboratory access for programs such as West Nile Virus and information to enable agriculture to maintain sustainability alongside the oil and gas industry