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.

Agri-Trade County News Reporter Program

Each year, eligible students from participating Red Deer County Chinook’s Edge School Division Secondary Schools can complete for cash prizes by submitting an Agricultural News Article written on their experience at the annual Agri-Trade Equipment Expo.

The Agri-Trade County News Reporter (ATCNR) program is proudly 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. The process allows students to interview possible employers, and learn more about potential agricultural industry careers. The prizes are also timely awarded in order to be used towards post-secondary education and training.

The ATCNR Agricultural News Article Topics for the 2017 program are:

  • Challenges for Family Farms
  • Farming, there's an App for that!
  • How is our Changing Climate Affecting Agriculture in Alberta?
Want to learn more about the program? Check out the following program reference documents:
Agri-Trade 2016 students

Entrepreneurial Agriculture Tour 

The Entrepreneurial Agriculture Tour (EA Tour) is an annual event hosted by Red Deer County’s Agricultural Service Board. Red Deer County is proud of our farmers, and this annual tour is a great way to showcase local farm operations. The EA Tour provides urban and rural neighbours an opportunity to explore these farms, observe how technology plays a big role on the farm and to understand the background effort that is involved in our food production.

If you are a Red Deer County producer that would like to be showcased in an upcoming EA Tour, or you know of a great tour stop, please contact us at  

Our 15th Annual EA Tour was held on August 2, 2017, and featured stops at local beef, dairy, hog and crop production farms, along with a malting facility. Highlights of the 2017 Tour was featured in the September 2017 County News and footage taken was incorporated into the following video on Red Deer County Farms:

2017 ASB Summer Tour

Red Deer County & Mountain View County proudly co-hosted the Provincial Agricultural Service Board Tour on July 11-14, 2017; the theme of the tour was "Growing Tomorrow's Agriculture". The tour was a great opportunity to showcase highlights of the agricultural community in our region to agricultural representatives from over 70 Alberta rural municipalities.

Highlights of the Tour were featured in the August 2017 County News and footage taken during the Tour was used to create the following video on Red Deer County Attractions:

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. 


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
Applicable Courses include: 
  • St. John Ambulance First Aid Courses
  • Other safety courses such as: Chainsaw Training, ATV/UTV Training
  • Agricultural related courses, events and/or conferences.

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 Services

Or by Mail:
Agricultural Training Sponsorship
38106, Range Road 275
Red Deer County, AB  T4S 2L9