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On October 11, 2017 Red Deer County held its fifth Agricultural Service Board (ASB) meeting of 2017. The focus of this meeting was to accept a summary of the Ag Service Board’s year-long review of the Agricultural Viability Strategy that was completed in 2004. Over the past year, ASB has reviewed the 30 recommendations from the 2004 report and evaluated Red Deer County’s implementation of the recommendations over the past 13 years. The board accepted the summary and will be forwarding the summary to Council for review.Since the board last met, Agricultural Services Administration had received notice from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry that their 2017-2019 grant application was successful and will be receiving provincial funding for the next 3 years to continue to deliver its agricultural and environmental programs.Ag Services administration has also received the results from a provincial fusarium graminearum survey that was completed across the province in 2016. Fusarium graminearum has been detected in one Red Deer County sample that was submitted in the fall of 2016. Although Fusarium has been found in regions across the province over the last few years, this is the first known detection in Red Deer County. At this time, the board is recommending that administration increase education and awareness regarding this cereal crop disease to ensure local producers are aware of the threat and how to protect themselves from the damaging effects of this disease.Administration provided updates on summer Agricultural programs. The roadside weed control program was completed earlier in September with all roads travelled and spot-sprayed as required. Weed inspection season was wrapping up, as well as pest inspections including Clubroot and Fusarium. A detailed summary of the 2017 season will be presented at the upcoming November 29 ASB Meeting. Residents are encouraged to keep up with their Red Deer County Agricultural Service board by talking to a Councilor or one of our ASB Members at large. A reminder that all ASB meetings are open and the public is welcome to attend.For more information on the ASB, meeting minutes or agendas and upcoming meeting dates, please follow the link to the ASB Homepage on our website: http://www.rdcounty.ca/188/Agriculture-Services