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Agriculture is one of Lac La Biche County's oldest and most productive industries. The County has tens of thousands of acres of cropland and pasture, especially in the southern half of the municipality. Some local farming operations have been in business for generations.

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100 Year Farm Family Award Form
ASB Bursary Information
Chemical Price Listing (Pesticides, etc.)
Community Garden Application
Equipment Rental Rates
No Spray Application
Rural Beautification Award Form
Tree Seedling Order Form
Veterinary Services Incorporated Program Application
Wolf Incentive Pilot Program Procedure and Registration

Agricultural Service Board

The Agricultural Service Board (ASB) is the driving force behind many of the County's agricultural initiatives. The ASB consists of two municipal councillors, three local farmers, and members of the County's Environmental Services department as needed. The board is a partnership between the people who make decisions for the County and the people who work in the field - literally.

What does the ASB do?

The ASB acts as an advisory and advocacy body, reviewing agricultural policies and making recommendations to County Council. It works alongside other groups with sustainable agriculture mandates, such as Lakeland Agricultural Research Association and the Alberta Invasive Species Council.

If you are interested in attending ASB meetings or have a topic you want to bring to the board's attention, please call (780) 623-6739. To find out more about the ASB's recent activities, please see our InsideAGRI newsletter.

Programs and Services

Services for Residents and Producers

The County implements programs that promote agricultural growth and encourage responsible agriculture management practices. These include programs to protect the state of agriculture and the local environment, while meeting the diverse needs of both producers and ordinary residents.

community gardenCommunity Garden

Are you interested in growing a garden but don't have the space for one? The Community Garden in Alexander Hamilton Park in the hamlet of Lac La Biche has 40 plots available for residents to grow their own plants and produce. The garden is fenced and has a water tank and a composter on-site. Plots are assigned by the County on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to view and download the application package. Applications will be accepted from April 16-June 1, 2018.

Tree Seedlings

Every spring, the County sells one-year-old tree seedlings to local residents at a reduced price. Bundles of saplings are great for beautifying your property and adding to the environment in your area. Species and pricing vary from year to year. Applications will be available from April 9-June 1, 2018.

Chemical Sales and Equipment Rentals

The County offers herbicides, pesticides, rodenticides and other chemicals for resale.Residents wishing to purchase these products must own 80 acres or more of agricultural land. Sale of these products is subject to the regulations outlined in the Agricultural Pests Act, the Environmental Protection Act and the Pest Control Products Act. Please call (780) 623-6739 to find out more, or view our Chemical Price Listing.

Agricultural equipment can be rented from the County if it is not available through local commercial outlets. Items range from air seeders and post pounders to flex harrows and live animal traps. Equipment rental rates are per day or by deposit.

Vegetation and Clubroot Management

The Integrated Vegetation Management Plan is a program for controlling brush, weeds and grass in the County. This includes annual weed inspections in the spring and roadside spraying and mowing from June and September.

  • Noxious weeds to watch for include Himalayan balsam, oxeye daisy, scentless chamomile and white cockle. For more information, or if you suspect any of these are present, please call (780) 623-6739.
  • If you do not want spraying to take place within 200 metres of the road allowance adjacent to your property, please submit a No Spray Application before the end of May each year.

Local fields are inspected for clubroot in the summertime. Clubroot is a common disease found in soil, and it causes galls or growths to appear on plant roots. As of 2017, one case of clubroot has been confirmed in Lac La Biche County.

  • The County's Environmental Services department follows the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan and recommends taking steps like sanitizing equipment and rotating crops to prevent the spread of clubroot. For more information, please call (780) 623-6739.

Veterinary Services Incorporated (VSI) Program

The VSI Program is designed to provide livestock owners with easier access to animal health services. The Agricultural Service Board manages this program, under County Council's direction, to subsidize veterinary care for participating farmers and ranchers. Click here to view and download the VSI Program Application. Applicants must reside in Lac La Biche County to be eligible for the program.

Coyote and Wolf Control

The provincial Coyote Predation Management Program aims to address problem coyotes that threaten livestock. If local producers are having problems with coyotes, they are encouraged to call (780) 623-6739. Environmental Services staff members can discuss prevention strategies and control methods that comply with provincial regulations. The County's own Predator Control Policy and Predator Control Procedure also provide more information.

The Wolf Incentive Pilot Program, in cooperation with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, seeks to reduce the number of wolves preying on livestock. The program identifies areas of concern, and registered trappers are authorized to set traps on those properties. To participate, please read the Wolf Incentive Pilot Program Policy and the corresponding procedure, which includes registration forms.

Miscellaneous Programs

In addition to services for residents and producers, the County believes in programs that raise the profile of agriculture in the community. These programs draw attention to the municipality's rich agricultural heritage and highlight farming and ranching as viable industries in today's world.

Agriculture Appreciation Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the work of local farmers and ranchers, held annually on the last Thursday in June. Later in the year, the Agricultural Service Board awards two ASB Bursaries of $1,000 each. The bursaries are available to local students pursuing careers related to agriculture and environmental sciences. The deadline for applications is October 1 every year. Call (780) 623-6739 for more information.

Awards

The Rural Beautification Award is given annually to one farmstead or acreage in the County whose owners go above and beyond to make their property look good. Residents living outside the hamlets of Lac La Biche and Plamondon are eligible. Judges look for things like landscaping, foliage, water features and decorations. The deadline to submit Award Forms is July 31 every year.

Families who have farmed the same land for a century or longer are eligible to receive a 100 Year Farm Family Award. Proof of continuous ownership by the same family is required as part of the application.

For more details about all of Lac La Biche County's agricultural programs and services, please call (780) 623-6739.

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