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AESA Program

 

Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture (AESA) Program

The AESA Program is delivered by a full-time Conservation Technologist who works in partnership with Smoky Lake County and the County of St. Paul. The Technologist is provides information to farmers and ranchers including on-farm consultations on a wide range of agricultural issues. Activities include:

Classroom and School Activities

presentations and field days for classes on a variety of topics to fit with curriculum including wetlands, water quality, agriculture and wildlife.

Environmental Farm Plan Workshops 

Many producers in the County have attended workshops to develop an environmental plan for their farm.  This program is free for producers to attend and, upon completion, participants are eligible for funding through the Canada Alberta Farm Stewardship Program to make changes on their farm.

Workshops and Field Days

Include events such as the Women’s Grazing Management Workshop held in June each year and the Grassroots Cattle Conference held annually the last week of October.  Watch your local paper for additional events throughout the year.

Research and demonstration sites

Entering 4th year of data collection on a Riparian Grazing Site.  This study is looking at the economics of dormant season grazing on riparian areas, as well as species composition changes, and forage productivity.

Watershed Initiatives

Water quality and quantity continue to be a concern for many residents.  Through workshops, newsletter articles, information sessions, and many other activities, the AESA program can help watershed groups and/or individuals find solutions that will preserve and enhance water quality.
 
If you are interested in more information on these activities or would like input for a project or management technique on your farm, call @ (780) 645-3301 or 656-3730.