A Year on the Farm

Discover what happens year-round on the farm!   


Check out a Year on the a year on the farm Opens in new windowFarm to get the inside scoop on what really happens on cow/calf operations, annual crop operation and haying/silaging operations throughout the year.

Please note: Farming operations vary from farm to farm and year to year.

To comment or ask questions, contact Aimee Delaney.


farming operations in red deer county

Red Deer County has over 1400 farms.

  • About 596,438 acres, or 61% of these farms, are oilseed and grain crops.
  • About 136,435 acres, or 68% of these farms, are cow/calf operations.
  • Other types of livestock in Red Deer County include poultry and eggs, sheep, goats, bees, equine, bison and more! 
  • Other annual crop types include hay, greenhouses, vegetables, fruits, nuts, hops and more!


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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:

  • become knowledgeable about what can be expected from normal farming practices
  • get involved in the farming community
  • recognize the positive contributions that agriculture makes to the rural landscape, the economy and society as a whole.

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).