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Agriculture in the County

The main focus of the County of St. Paul Agricultural Service Board is to deliver programs that aid our local producers, under the guidelines of the provincial Agricultural Service Board Act. These programs and services include: rental equipment, weed and brush control, pests, diseases, predators and conservation programs. Learn more about Alberta's Agriculture Service boards by selecting this link.

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The Lakeland Agricultural Research Association (LARA) aims to support local agriculture producers and offers a number of workshops and resources for agri-entrepreneurs. Learn more here or follow Lara on Facebook.  

Road Side Mowing Program

The County has several mowers that mow certain roads and subdivisions in the County. We expand our list of which roads and subdivisions are mowed each year.

Weed & Invasive Species Control

The County aims to help our agricultural community avoid pests, weeds and invasive species. See the resources below for more information.   

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Clubroot

Clubroot is a serious soil-borne disease of canola, mustard and other crops in the cabbage family. Cole crop vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, radish, rutabaga and turnip, are susceptible to clubroot, as are many cruciferous weeds like wild mustard, stinkweed and shepherd’s purse.

[Positive Clubroot Locations Map]

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Coyote & Wolf Reduction

The Coyote and Wolf Reduction Incentive Program is an effort to protect agriculture and County resident owned animals from wildlife and to manage populations of coyote and wolves in the region. County residents may be eligible to receive payment of $15/coyote and $75/wolf (declaration of terms required).

Contact Public Works:
780-645-3006 Ext. 236

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Weed Control

We work with producers to eliminate weed infestations on private land. Controlling noxious, nuisance weeds and brush are priorities along roadways and municipally controlled lands.

We also undertake many activities to control weeds in the county, including, Roadside Spraying (residents may opt out), Inspections and a Road Side Mowing Program.

[Learn More About Our Spraying Program]
[Government of Alberta Weed Selector]
[Report Noxious Weeds]

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Road Side Spray Program & No-Spray Agreements

During the summer months the ASB staff is kept busy by spraying around 500 roadside miles annually. This control method is used to stop the establishment of such weeds as Common Tansy, ox-eyed daisy, Fusarium, field Scabious, toad flax, Scentless chamomile and Canada or sow Thistle. Brush is also sprayed to slow down encroachment on roadsides.

No Spray Agreements

The County does recognize that not all producers use herbicide on their farm or acreage. The County does offer a No-Spray Agreement.

A No–Spray Agreement is to be signed annually and is only in affect until July 1st annually to control the weeds to the satisfaction of the ASB staff. It is up to the landowner to contact the ASB staff if they would like an extension past the 1st of July.

If your property is mowed and visibly taken care of, the County will not spray it.

[See Spraying Map]
[No Spray - Weed and Brush Control Agreement]

Pest Control

The County of St. Paul has conducted and will continue to conduct surveys of crops during the summer to keep a vigilant eye out to prevent pests from establishing and to contain when found within the municipality. We also undertake a number of other activities to control pests in the county.

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Livestock Predation

We offer domestic livestock producers assistance when livestock is being threatened and damaged. Various methods can be used to try and help producers protect their herds. Not to be used as a population control tactic.

[Contact ASB]

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Richardson's Ground Squirrels

The County’s Ag. Service Department, as a certified government agent, sells strychnine bait products to farmers for the control of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels.

The program runs in the spring when they first emerge on into the summer. Spring is the best time to use baits when food sources are scarce. Check in the spring for availability and pricing.

[Contact ASB]

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Beavers

The County manages beavers in three ways: Blasting, Cleaning, Installing a Water Leveling Device. If you want to know more about trapping, please contact Public Works.

The County of St. Paul has services available for private owners, to remove beavers that cause flooding to farmland and or property.

[Beaver Dam Removal Application Form]

[Contact ASB]

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Wild Boars

County of St. Paul works with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development whereby individuals submitting the ears of a wild boar will be reimbursed $50/pair of ears. Individuals will be required to complete a declaration before payment will be made.

[Contact ASB]

Contact

If you have an Agriculture related question we invite you to contact the County of St. Paul using the contact information found on this page.

Contact Information

DENNIS BERGHEIM, Interim Director

Email:
[email protected]

Phone:
780-645-3301

Address:
5015 - 49 Avenue
St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A4

Regular Hours: 
8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Closed all Statutory Holidays

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