Agriculture News

Pest Inspections to Begin in Greenview

Pest inspections will soon be taking place in Greenview for the 2018 season.  Please be advised that the Pest Inspectors based in Greenview’s Valleyview and Grovedale offices will be out and about conducting various surveys, including surveys for clubroot and grasshoppers, on municipal and private lands.  You may see a white Greenview vehicle near your property and an inspector in a high visibility vest performing pest inspections, so please be considerate of their safety.

Please keep in mind that the Pest Control Act grants an inspector right of entry onto private land during reasonable hours (Alberta Pest Control Act RSA 2000 cA-8, Section 22).  The Agriculture Department of Greenview believes that a courtesy should be extended to land owners of what is happening on their property.  Greenview promotes a “Door Knocking” program by which we attempt to make contact with land owners during the pest inspection season, while inspections are taking place (where practical).

If you would like more information regarding the Pest Inspection Program, please visit the Greenview website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca or telephone the Agriculture Department at 780-524-7621 or toll free at 1-888-524-7601.  For more information about the Pest Control Act and Regulations, they can be found at the Queens Printer website at www.qp.alberta.ca.

Tall Buttercup/Burdock Control Incentive Program

Are you having a problem with Tall Buttercup? Did you know that under the Alberta Weed Control Act that it is designated a noxious and must be controlled? Did you know this plant is also toxic to livestock?

Greenview has a new Buttercup/Burdock Control Incentive Program! There are information packages available at the Field Services Office in Valleyview as well as the Grovedale Operations Office, or clink on this link!

Other methods of control:
– Grazing is not recommended as the plant is toxic.
– Cultivation (multiple times in a season) and seeding to an annual crop has proven effective, buttercup does not persist under cultivation
– Mowing prior to seed set can assist in reduction, however it needs to be timely to prevent further spread of the plant.
– Hand picking of individual plants is suitable for small infestations (ensure gloves are worn as this plant may cause blistering)
– Use of a herbicide registered to control Tall Buttercup

Farm Energy Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program Open

www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap

FEAP is a combination of two discontinued GF2 programs:

  • On-Farm Energy Management Program
  • Accelerating Agricultural Innovation Program (Stream C)

By combining these two programs, a single program can be offered across the whole agricultural value-chain, for energy efficiency and energy management projects.

Program Description:

The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments.  The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraint, to Applicants who incorporate high efficiency equipment that is identified in the applicable Funding List in their construction and/or retrofitting projects. (more…)

AAAF Memorial Bursary

The bursary is intended for students continuing their education at a College or University. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program.

There is a $1000 bursary available in each calendar year for each of the 5 provincial regions of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen.

AAAF Memorial Bursary Application Form

The Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen, as an ongoing tribute to active or retired AAAF members who pass away, and in the spirit of continuing education valued by our Association, created the AAAF Memorial Bursary.

Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program.  There is a $1000 bursary available in each calendar year for each of the 5 provincial regions of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen.

An Agricultural Fieldman in good standing with the AAAF must receive your application with all supporting documentation by September 1st of each year. You can search out your local Agricultural Fieldman by checking our membership directory.

WORKPLACE LEGISLATION FOR FARMS – Frequently Asked Questions

Prairie Shelterbelt Program

Are you interested in a shelterbelt or would like more information on them?  Follow the link below!

http://www.prairieshelterbeltprogram.ca/ 

Clubroot in the Peace Region – Information Update

Clubroot Disease of Canola—Information Update Clubroot Infection and Spread

Recently, confirmation of clubroot symptoms were found in multiple fields in Big Lakes County and M.D of Greenview in commercial canola fields. What this means is that growers within the MD of Greenview need to be vigilant with their scouting program and have in place a management strategy for this disease.

Effectively managing any plant disease requires an understanding of how it survives within fields and the conditions that allow the population to increase and spread.  For more information on this topic, please click on the link provided.  Additional questions can be forwarded to Quentin Bochar, Manager Agriculture Services at 780-524-7615.

Clubroot Information Update Document

Tansy Island Clean Up 2017

On Monday Greenview partnered with several groups of volunteers to respond to an overgrowth of Common Tansy along the Smoky River. The first Common Tansy Clean Up took place in 2016 and some of the groups involved participated in last year’s tansy control project at the same location. The Grande Prairie River Rats, 7 Generations Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited are returning volunteers. This year Greenview also welcomed the Alberta Invasive Species Council which joined in the efforts.

Greenview Agricultural Services became aware of the Common Tansy problem on the Smoky River during a routine inspection in 2015. Last year’s work was postponed to late summer due to changing water levels and Greenview targeted an earlier start date in 2017 to reach the plants before they begin to seed. Common Tansy can spread by seed, regrow from existing roots and is rhizomatous; meaning it can grow from separated flowering stems. With the overgrowth located along the water, the tansy is being controlled through manual labour by digging out the plants one by one and burning them to minimize opportunity for it to re-establish next year. Due to Common Tansy’s invasive nature and tendency for seeds to spread with spring runoff, this plant has the potential to infest and out-compete native vegetation anywhere downstream. Watersheds that could potentially be impacted include the Peace River, Slave River, Great Slave Lake and beyond.  By being proactive now, Greenview hopes to save large areas of native vegetation along the water’s edge. This method of controlling Common Tansy and other invasive species is a labour intensive process which relies on the help of the community. 

Reeve Dale Gervais acknowledged the importance of the volunteers: “We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Grande Prairie River Rats, 7 Generations Energy, Canadian Natural and the Alberta Invasive Species Council for being part of the Common Tansy control project. A project of this magnitude wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated work of many people and we are so pleased that these community focused organizations and businesses were able to join us again this year.”

Along with the control efforts, Greenview’s goal is to bring awareness that Common Tansy is spreading along the Smoky River between municipalities in our region. It’s anticipated that the Common Tansy problem will need to be addressed over multiple growing seasons but with increased awareness of the plant and its potential harmful effects, Greenview looks forward to moving control efforts to the source of the infestation in years to come. 

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