Education & Awareness

Agriculture Education and Awareness is a primary goal for the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and as such is strongly supported by the Agriculture Service Department through various programs and events, including tours, workshops, meetings, and publications. 

ASB Youth for Agriculture Award    BARN

Entry Deadline: December 1, 2018

Red Deer County residents aged 13 to 18 are invited to enter our new Agricultural Service Board Youth for Agriculture Award contest.   

Entering is easy! Simply use your investigative skills and creativity to write an article or create a video on the ASB Youth for Agriculture Award topic of the year and submit your entry by the deadline: December 1.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Senior (ages 16 to 18) and Junior (ages 13 to 15); 1st place in each category is $1000.00!. Prize winners’ article or video will be featured in the Red Deer County News, the Red Deer County website and social media accounts, and in promotional materials. 

2018 ASB Youth for Agriculture Award Topic:

  • The Future of Agriculture in Red Deer County

Contest Guidelines and Documentation:

One entry per eligible person. There is no fee to enter the contest. See the ASB YFAA Contest Guidelines for complete entry requirements. 

Agriculture Tour

Red Deer County proudly hosts an Ag Tour each year, with a chartered bus tour around the County to view local farming operations.The Tour is a unique opportunity to learn about agriculture in our community, and to speak to farmers directly. 

For the 2018 Ag Tour, attendees visited four local farming operations:

Beck Farms

This family operation features 40 acres of vegetable production, including carrots, cole crops, beets, dill, parsnips, eggplant, and peppers.

www.innisfailgrowers.com

Ag Tour 2018 - Beck Farms

Van Der Gun Dairy

Van Der Gun Dairy

The Van Der Gun family milks 130 cows, producing 18,000 glasses of milk daily. They also farm 400 acres of barley, alfalfa, and grass hay.

Stauffer Feedlot

The Stauffer feedlot feeds 3000 yearlings and 1500 calves, uses a barley-silage mix for feed, follows regimented record keeping, and boasts above-average cattle success.

 www.albertabeef.org 

Ag Tour 2018 - Stauffer Feedlot

Ag Tour 2018 - Ammeter Farm

Ammeter Farm

This family operation harvests 1500 acres of wheat, barley, canola, and peas. The Ammeter's operate using latest technologies like GMOs, variable seed technology, and zero-tillage.

www.albertabarley.com 
www.albertapulse.com 
www.albertacanola.com     

Thank you to all our 2018 Hosts for making the 2018 Ag Tour a successful and educational event for all! 

If you are a Red Deer County producer that would like to be showcased in an upcoming Ag Tour, or you know of a great tour stop option, please contact us at agriculture@rdcounty.ca.  

Want to learn more about the 2018 Ag Tour? Check out this video on the event:

Agricultural Training Sponsorship Program

Red Deer County residents are eligible for reimbursement (50% of course fee, up to $200) of agricultural or safety related course training costs through the Agricultural Training Sponsorship Program. The program, which is sponsored by the Red Deer County Agricultural Service Board, works to support and encourage agricultural and safety training for County residents. Courses can include: St John Ambulance First Aid courses, Agricultural related courses, event and conferences, and safety courses such as Chainsaw, ATU/UTV Training etc.

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for the program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Be a Red Deer County resident 
  • Successfully complete the course/training
  • Receipts submitted within 30 days of the event
  • Course/event agenda submitted with receipt
  • Completed rebate form submitted with receipt

Important Notes:

  • Eligibility is subject to board’s approval.
  • Funds are limited and will be allocated on a first come/first served basis
  • Eligible reimbursement amount is 50% of the course/event fee (up to $200).
  • Eligible costs claimed include only course/event fees, and do not include incidentals (e.g. parking, mileage, meals, etc.)
  • Certificate/Diploma/Degree level courses are not eligible.
  • Please contact the County for prior approval if possible.

Submit your Agricultural Training Sponsorship Rebate Request:

Form:
Agriculture Training Sponsorship Rebate Form
Send by Email:
agriculture@rdcounty.ca 
Send by Mail:
Agricultural Training Sponsorship
38106, Range Road 275
Red Deer County, AB T4S 2L9

Workshops

Agriculture Education & Awareness Sponsorship

The Agricultural Service Board also supports agriculture education & awareness through sponsorship of various agricultural programs, events and activities, including:

For information on requesting sponsorship from Red Deer County’s Agricultural Service Board, see the ASB Sponsorship Request Process and ASB Sponsorship Request Form.

Sponsorship requests are reviewed individually, as they are received, and within the context of available funds. Organizations being considered for approval may be required to formally present their request to the Agriculture Service Board.

Agri-Trade County News Reporter Program

The Agri-Trade County News Reporter (ATCNR) program, which ran from 2012 through 2017, was sponsored by the Agricultural Service Board with the purpose of facilitating the introduction of participating students to over 400 potential employers in Alberta’s 2nd largest industry: Agriculture.

Eligible students from participating Red Deer County Chinook’s Edge School Division Secondary Schools completed for cash prizes by submitting an Agricultural News Article written on their experience at the annual Agri-Trade Equipment Expo. Over $16,000 was awarded to participating students over the duration of the program and hundreds of students attended Agri-Trade.

2017 ATCNR Prize Winners

Click on the winners name to view the article

School
Grand Prize Winner
Prize Award
Bowden Grandview
Atlantis Berggren
$600.00


School
Prize Winner
Placement
Prize Award
Bowden Grandview
Atlantis Berggren
Winner
$400.00

Linda Raduner
Runner-Up
$200.00
Delburne Centralized
Kayla Waldo
Winner
$400.00

Mya Vetter
Runner-Up
$200.00
Penhold Crossing
Samuel Troute
Winner
$400.00

Warren Adam Teskey
Runner-Up
$200.00
Spruce View
Connor Ebbesen
Winner
$400.00

The ATCNR program has been discontinued as of January 2018.

Thank you to Agri-Trade Equipment Expo, as well as to the Red Deer County Chinooks Edge Secondary Schools Teachers and Staff who made this program possible.