Promoting, Protecting and Enhancing Agriculture and Rural Living
Agricultural Services staff work diligently to carry out the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) goal of promoting, protecting and enhancing agriculture and rural living in a sustainable manner. Red Deer County works with landowners, industry, and businesses to manage and control weeds, pests, diseases and to promote Agriculture throughout the County.
Every rural municipality in Alberta has an appointed Agricultural Service Board (ASB); the primary function of ASB's is to assist producers to achieve sustainable agricultural production as well as considering environmental and social issues as they relate to agriculture. Red Deer County has a long history with the Alberta Agriculture & Forestry Agricultural Service Board Program, stretching over 60 years. In fact, Red Deer County became the second ASB in the province on January 1, 1945.
The duties of Red Deer County's Agricultural Service Board include:
Some of the Acts that Red Deer Agricultural Services and the ASB are responsible for include:
The ASB is bound by the terms of the Agricultural Service Board Act.
The ASB membership totals seven members; three members of Council and four members at large.
|Councillor Connie Huelsman - Chairman||Councillor Richard Lorenz - Vice Chairman|
|Councillor Dana Depalme|
Members at Large:
|Stan Bell||Rod Bradshaw|
|Mabel Hamilton||Karen Thomson|
Additionally, Adrienne Herron, Livestock Extension Specialist with Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, is the main Alberta Agriculture & Forestry contact for Red Deer County's Agricultural Service Board, and regularly attends meetings.
2019 Agricultural Service Board members (left to right): Councillor Richard Lorenz (Vice Chairman), Stan Bell (Member-at-Large), Councillor Connie Huelsman (Chairman), Councillor Dana Depalme, Karen Thomson (Member-at-Large), Rod Bradshaw (Member-at-Large) Mabel Hamilton (Member-at-Large)
An Agricultural Service Board must be forward thinking and connected with its community to be successful, which is why we encourage residents and landowners to attend our meetings. All ASB meetings are open to the public and are held at the Red Deer County Centre; meetings start at 10:00 am, and typically go until 3:00 pm.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Agendas & Minutes
Click the following links to access ASB agendas and minutes; meeting agendas are available prior to meetings and minutes are available following approval.
For further information, including future ASB meeting dates and other inquiries, contact the Agricultural Services Department.
Red Deer County is home to many rural non-farm landowners, some of whom live very close to farming operations. Non-farm residents must be aware of the noise, odour and dust associated with normal farm practices.
Here are some tips on how you can be a good rural neighbour:
Everyone has a role to play to ensure farmers and rural residents live in harmony. All parties have to be willing to communicate with each other, and acknowledge everyone's interests.
The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) administers the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) and its regulations, including following up on complaints and compliance related issues. Contact NRCB at 1-866-383-6722
The AOPA Part 1 Nuisance Regulations are administered by the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO); Part 1 outlines how nuisances such as odour, dust, noise and smoke resulting from agricultural activities are dealt with. Contact FAO at 310-FARM (3276)