The 2017 Agricultural Service Board meetings are scheduled for February 15, April 26, August 3 and November 8, 2017, all commencing at 9:00 a.m. in the M.D. of Peace Council Chambers, Berwyn.
In November 2016 the M.D. of Peace Agricultural Service Board updated its Strategic Plan , which lists the goals and strategies of the Ag. Service Board. Please click on the link below in order to view a copy of the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan.
- Sandra Eastman, Councillor Member & Chairman
- Janice Reyda, Councillor Member
- Judy Bowcott, Member at Large
- Brian Grant, Member at Large
- Rick Keillor, Member at Large
- Paul Kinnee, Member at Large
- George Leger, Member at Large
- Nigel Thorne, Member at Large
The first meeting of the Agricultural Service Board was held in May 1952 and was formed to act as an advisory board to Council on agricultural related matters, such as weed control, pest control, and soil conservation. The Agricultural Fieldman, an employee of the Municipality, ensures compliance with these Provincial acts: the Weed Control Act, the Soil Conservation Act and the Pest Control Act.
The Board is comprised of two Councillor members and 6 members at large from the Municipality. The Board meets every couple of months with the Agricultural Fieldman, as well as members attending Regional and Provincial ASB Conferences.
If ratepayers of the MD have any questions or concerns relating to agriculture and environment, please feel free to contact the Agricultural Fieldman at 780-338-3845.
At the present time, the following are some of the issues/programs that the ASB handles:
Spraying Road Ditches
The M.D. annually sprays municipal road ditches for broadleaf weeds. If you do not wish to have the road ditches adjacent to your property sprayed, you must notify the Municipality, complete a No Spraying Agreement, and post signs at either end of the ditch you don’t want sprayed. THIS PROCESS MUST BE COMPLETED EACH YEAR. The Municipality has “No Spraying” signs available in the Municipal office. Click below for a copy of the agreement that must be completed.
Scentless Chamomile is a noxious weed resembling a daisy, that is spreading rapidly. The emphasis is on control on industrial sites to prevent it from establishing itself on farmland. The Municipality is being very proactive in controlling this noxious weed and requests that everyone keep an eye out for it and notify the municipality if you spot some. The plant differs from oxeye or shasta daisy in that it does not have an actual leaf – the leaf looks like dillweed.
V.S.I. Services Program
In the mid 1960’s the economics of veterinary practice in northern Alberta did not encourage veterinarians to establish there; in response to this problem, the Alberta Government agreed to establish veterinary clinics in selected areas. The Veterinary Association worked with local governments to establish a system of payment to veterinarians who performed services on farm animals. V.S.I. Services is a non-profit organization that was formed to help assure farmers that veterinary service would be available to them.
The M.D. of Peace pays an annual fee, out of which V.S.I. Services pays the veterinary clinics for 50% of the farmer’s bill for approved services (on cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, bison, elk). Each member Municipality holds a membership in the non-profit organization, as do the participating veterinarians.
The M.D. of Peace provides V.S.I. cards, upon request, to the following:
- anyone who is a resident of the M.D. of Peace for 6 months
- landowner in the M.D. of Peace
- a lessee of a crown grazing lease in the M.D. of Peace
When requesting a V.S.I. card, you must be prepared to give the Municipal staff your Social Insurance Number, as anyone who receives more than $100/year in V.S.I. credit will receive an AGR-1 form from the Municipality which must be claimed on the income tax return.
Other Forms and Documents
Pesticide Container Clean-up Poster Please clean your pesticide containers before disposing of them in our landfill. Please see attached poster for directions!