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 Agricultural Service Board Program, stretching over 60 years. In fact, Red Deer County became the second ASB in the province on January 1, 1945.
Agriculture Service Board Duties
The duties of Red Deer County's Agricultural Service Board include:
act as an advisory body primarily to Council;
advise and help organize and direct weed and pest control and soil and water conservation programs;
assist in the control of livestock disease under the Livestock Diseases Act;
promote, enhance and protect viable and sustainable agriculture with a view to improving the economic viability of the agricultural producer;
promote and develop agricultural policies to meet the needs of the municipality;
undertake projects/initiatives as referred by Council; and
assist with preparation of the Agricultural Services budget to be approved by Council.
Some of the Acts that Red Deer Agricultural Services Department and the ASB are responsible for are:
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. Agendas | Minutes
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 held every couple of months.
For further information, including meeting dates and other inquiries, contact the Agriculture Services Department.