November 30, 2020 Update
November 19, 2020 Update
Fusarium graminearum Survey
This past summer Fusarium graminearum (Fg) was removed as a regulated pest under the Agricultural Pest Act.
With a low occurrence of the Fg in the Peace Region; the Agricultural Service Boards would like to receive input from Peace Region producers as to how they would like the pest to be monitored, reported and if applicable controlled.
Your participation in the survey will be anonymous. The results will inform what action; if any; your municipality will take regarding Fg.
You will have the opportunity to complete the survey anytime before January 4, 2021.
To participate in the 2-part 20 question survey please click on the links below:
Survey 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XH678K5
Survey 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V3TFSSX
Thank You to everyone who participates in the survey!! Hopefully, this generates plenty of data for us to move forward with the Peace Region Fusarium Approach.
November 13,2020 Update
December 8, 2020 at 9:00 am Council meeting has been moved to December 15, 2020 at 9:00 am
November 3, 2020 Update
Notice of AGM for West Grimshaw Water Co-op
Our AGM has been scheduled for November 16, 2020 at 7 pm in the old MD of Peace #135 office building.
Due to Covid, RSVP is required. No admittance without RSVP.
Contact Theresa at 780-618-1502 by November 12, 2020 to reserve your spot.
October 27, 2020 Update
Attention of MD of Peace No. 135 Producers and Residents
Due to the decommissioning of Griffin Creek Landfill on RR260 in 2022, they will not be accepting unrolled grain bags as of October 28, 2020. We are requesting producers to roll and tie up the grain bags before bringing them to the landfill. The MD of Peace Agricultural Service Board has a grain bag roller available for rent.
It has also been observed that MD residents are bringing all different kinds of empty containers and depositing them at the herbicide containers site. Please deposit only triple rinsed herbicide containers at the herbicide containers site as Clean Farm does not accept other containers. Thank you for your understanding.
October 21, 2020 Update
If you have not already done so MD of Peace No. 135 would like to encourage residents to join the Northern Sunrise Rural Crime Watch Association.
Please call (780)338-3845 or stop in to supply us with your name and email if you would like to join.
For all who join please come in and grab your free Rural Crime Watch sign.
October 7, 2020 Update
ALBERTA RECYCLING – ELECTRONICS EXPANSION PILOT PROJECT
The Alberta Government has officially kick-started the electronics expanded recycling project. This will support job creation, grow the economy and help municipalities divert more reusable materials from landfills. Items that will be accepted include small appliances, audio visual equipment, telecom equipment, power and air tools, games, toys and music.
Did you know: ARMA has recycled 125 million tires since 1992, 1.8 billion liters of used oil since 1997, 26.9 million litres of pain since 2008 and most recently hit the 10 million milestone for recycled electronics in Alberta.
For more information and fun facts please visit the Alberta Recycling website: https://armaepilot.com/collection-sites/
The MD collection site is at the Griffin Creek landfill, there are signs up in its own dedicated area across from the TV recycling.
August 24, 2020 Update
In the past year, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions have advocated on behalf of seed and chemical companies in round table discussions with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry to remove Fusarium from the Alberta Pest Act which to date, has mandated a zero tolerance for Fusarium in Alberta. This meant that Alberta farmers were not allowed to plant wheat and barley seed known to be infected by Fusarium. Seed cleaning plants primarily in the northern municipalities of the province have required producers to have wheat and barley tested for fusarium prior to having it cleaned to reduce the chance of planting infected seed. Municipalities diligent about enforcing this portion of the Pest Act have managed to keep most municipalities north of Edmonton free of Fusarium. In May, Minister Devin Dreeshen announced that based on these round table discussions, he was removing Fusarium from the Pest Act thus allowing farmers to plant infected seed in municipalities that are thus far uninfected and further spread this devastating disease that renders wheat and barley poisonous to humans and animals at certain levels.
In an effort to inform both Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley of the concern Northern Alberta producers have with the lack of support from both Commissions, The MD of Peace Agricultural Service Board is recommending all wheat and barley producers in uninfected municipalities request their check-offs back and advise the Commissions in the comments section of their requests that the request for refund is being made as a result of the lack of support provided by the Commissions in maintaining our Fusarium free areas. These producers should also pressure the Commissions to support the producers of uninfected wheat and barley in obtaining a premium for their more valuable product. Producers can reinforce this message by requesting a refund of their check-off every 6 months and will ultimately be paid for their efforts in relation to the quantity of the wheat and barley sold. If you require check-off forms or further information, please contact the MD of Peace Manager of Ag Services, Nasar Iqbal, at 780-338-3845 or 780-219-4534. There is a deadline for the current check-off forms of August 31, 2020.
Please follow the links below for the check-off forms.
May 26, 2020 Update
MD of Peace Office
The MD Office doors are open, however, if would be appreciated that if you require a meeting with a member of staff, please phone 780-338-3845 to make an appointment.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as a cough, fever, fatigue, or shortness of breath, please DO NOT come into the office for an appointment – please make alternate arrangements, and please call Health Link at #811 for medical assistance.
April 14, 2020 Update
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS)
The MD of Peace is only providing links to Government of Alberta and Government of Canada COVID-19 information in order to keep you up to date with the most current details that have been legitimately sourced.
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA:
ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES:
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA:
Advisory: FAO Cautions Landowners about the Surface Rights Board (SRB) use of a “Condition of Leased Area Form”
The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has been contacted by numerous landowners regarding a form sent to landowners or occupants who have applied for recovery of unpaid rentals to the Surface Rights Board (SRB). If you have applied to the SRB for a Section 36 Recovery of Rentals, the SRB may send you a “Condition of Leased Area Form” for you to complete about the condition of the leased area.
For more information, click here.
NOTICE TO MD OF PEACE PRODUCERS AND LANDOWNERS
As per MD of Peace’s Clubroot of Canola Policy, random testing for clubroot was conducted on canola fields within the MD. One sample tested positive for DNA of the clubroot pathogen with no galls present on the root sample. Immediate adjacent landowners and producers are being notified. Further testing is being done as per our Clubroot of Canola Policy. For more information, please contact our Manager of Ag Services, Nasar Iqbal at 780-338-3845.
The MD of Peace Public Works Department is busy brushing ditches. If any residents wish to preserve fruit trees/bushes on the back slope of the ditch, please mark the trees or bushes with orange flagging tape and contact the MD office at 780-338-3845 so we can pass the information on to Public Works staff.
Reminder from TransCanada Energy
Several times a year TransCanada Energy finds that landowners have brushed and ditched over high pressure pipelines without authorization posing great danger to themselves and the public. TransCanada is reaching out with the hope that sharing information may prevent an accidental line strike.