Sustainable Agriculture

The County of Vermilion River is happy to support sustainable agriculture, through workshops, programs and extension activites. 

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Cathie Erichsen Arychuk
Director Agriculture & Environment


Agriculture Plastics Recycling Program

The County of Vermilion is proud to offer to solutions to recycling agriculture plastics by offering rental equipment and local plastic collection sites.

The County of Vermilion River has partnered with Cleanfarms to provide recycling solutions for agriculture plastic in the county. This service is offered free of charge to agriculture producers operating within the County. We collect grainbags and twine to be recyclyed at the:

 Vermilion Waste Transfer Site.

  • The transer site is open from 9:00 am-4:45 pm
  • Monday-Saturday
  • 780-583-4572
  • SW 5-51-6W4 or 1.5 kilometers North of Vermilion on Pare Drive 

WATCH OUR VIDEO showcasing the Bag Roller system for Agriculture Plastics Recycling! 

Pesticide Jugs Under 23L

Pesticide jugs under 23L must be placed into clear, agricultural plastic collection bags avialable from Ag-Retailer or Transfer Site Operators. 


Continue to empty jugs, triple or pressure rinse, remove caps and booklets, then place them into collection bags. After January 1, 2022, jugs can be retunred to Ag-Retailer or the Clandonald, Marwayne, Paradise Valley or Vermilion Waster Transfer sites. 


The Vermilion Waste Transfer Site accepts clean, tightly rolled grain bags

Unrolled bags will not be accepted. Vermilion is currently the only site in the county that collects bags. 

To incourage producers to recylce grainbag, we have a variety of rollers for farmers to use to roll their grainbags free of charge. Please call ahead to book rollers to avoid disappointment. There are two different types of grainbag rollers avaible to better serve producers and reduce wait time 

The Kirchner Roller 

  • The Kirchner is a self-contained pull type roller with a 13 horsepower industrial gas  engine.
  • This model works well if bags are spread out in different fields because it is easily transported.

The transfer site accepts clean, knot free, bagged twine. Knotted twine will not be accepted. Twine bags are available at the County or the Transfer Station.  Please ensure there is no hay in the twine bags

Requirements for Twine:

  • Shake – Remove as much debris, snow or ice as possible. Excessively dirty twine may be rejected.
  • Bag – Place loose twine in a Clean Farms Twine Recycling Bag and tie bags to close. Please do not knot the twine. Clean Farms Twine Recycling bags are available free of charge at the County or the Vermilion Waste Transfer Site. 
  • Return – Return to a Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission Transfer Site during regular business hours.
Net Wrap and Silage Tarps Currently, we are not accepting net wrap to be recycled. Net wrap has several different types of plastics that cannot be recycled. Net wrap gets caught in the shreading machines needed for recycling and causes issues. Please do not include Net Wrap in your rolled grainbags or in your twine bags to be recycled.

Silage tarps are also not accepted becuase there are no markets for the recyled material. 

Unwanted Pesticide and Livestock Medication

Please see the Cleanfarms website for updates 


Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership

To support continued innovation, growth and prosperity, the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) has launched its programs. This 5‐year (2023-2028), $3.5 billion investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by federal-provincial-territorial governments. The Sustainable CAP framework represents a cost-shared federal-provincial investment of $508 million over 5 years towards strategic programs and services for the agriculture and agri-food industry in Alberta. Read more about how Sustainable CAP works.

Canadian Agriculture Partnership Website 

There are a variety of programs open and accepting applications:

  • Efficient Grain Handling: This program assists producers with reducing the overall energy use on their operations
  • Emerging Opportunities: Supports projects focused on innovation and result in significant company growth and sector impact
  • Farm Technology: Supports innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste and optimizes farm efficiency, and tools that secure business assets
  • On-Farm Value-Added: Helps primary producers grow sales, expand production capacity, explore market opportunities and create jobs in Alberta.
  • Resilient Agricultural Landscape: Supports producers to conserve and enhance the environmental resiliency of their agricultural landscapes
  • Value Added: Invests in projects that increase company sales and production capacity, expand market opportunities, and create jobs in Alberta.  
  • Water: Invests in projects that increase company sales and production capacity, expand market opportunities, and create jobs in Alberta.
  • Accelerating Agricultural Innovations: Funding is provided to RDAR though Sustainable CAP for the Accelerating Agricultural Innovations program.

If you have questions about the CAP grant opportunities please contact the Agriculture and Environment Department.

Extension and Workshops

As part of our Agriculture Service Board, the County provides opportunities to learn about sustainable agriculture practices. Are you interested in receiving information about upcoming events? Please contact the Agriculture and Environment Department

Recordings of past webinars include 

- Tree Care in a Nutshell with Lloyd's Limbs

- Grow Your Own with The Cheesiry 

- Farm succession planning with Kelly Sidoryk 

- Healthy, Happy Calves with Dr. Kent Weir 

- Clubroot 101 

- The Enhanced Clubroot Surveillance Program 

These recordings are available at The County of Vermilion River YouTube Page or select then image below to open the recording 




Environmental Farm Plans

Environmental Farm Plans are a voluntary, whole farm, self assessment tool used to identify environmental risks on your farm and help to provide solutions to mitigate those risks. 

To start your Environmental Farm Plan  Alberta Environmental Farm Plan website. 

Contact our Agriculture and Environment Department for more information.