Agricultural Services

Red Deer County Agricultural Services

Promoting, Protecting and Enhancing Agriculture and Rural Living

Agricultural Services staff work diligently to carry out the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) goal of promoting, protecting and enhancing agriculture and rural living in a sustainable manner. Red Deer County works with landowners, industry, and businesses to manage and control weeds, pests, diseases and to promote Agriculture throughout the County.

Agriculture Services

Agricultural Service Board

Every rural municipality in Alberta has an appointed Agricultural Service Board (ASB); the primary function of ASB's is to assist producers to achieve sustainable agricultural production as well as considering environmental and social issues as they relate to agriculture. Red Deer County has a long history with the Alberta Agriculture & Forestry Agricultural Service Board Program, stretching over 60 years. In fact, Red Deer County became the second ASB in the province on January 1, 1945.

Agricultural Service Board Duties

The duties of Red Deer County's Agricultural Service Board include:

  • act as an advisory body primarily to Council;
  • advise and help organize and direct weed and pest control and soil and water conservation programs;
  • assist in the control of livestock disease under the Livestock Diseases Act;
  • promote, enhance and protect viable and sustainable agriculture with a view to improving the economic viability of the agricultural producer;
  • promote and develop agricultural policies to meet the needs of the municipality;
  • undertake projects/initiatives as referred by Council; and
  • assist with preparation of the Agricultural Services budget to be approved by Council.

Some of the Acts that Red Deer Agricultural Services and the ASB are responsible for include:

The ASB is bound by the terms of the Agricultural Service Board Act.

Agricultural Service Board Members

The ASB membership totals seven members; three members of Council and four members at large.

Council Members:

Councillor Connie Huelsman - ChairmanCouncillor Richard Lorenz  - Vice Chairman
Councillor Dana Depalme

Members at Large:

Stan BellRod Bradshaw
Mabel HamiltonKaren Thomson

Additionally, Adrienne Herron, Livestock Extension Specialist with Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, is the main Alberta Agriculture & Forestry contact for Red Deer County's Agricultural Service Board, and regularly attends meetings.  

ASB 2019

2019 Agricultural Service Board members (left to right): Councillor Richard Lorenz (Vice Chairman), Stan Bell (Member-at-Large), Councillor Connie Huelsman (Chairman), Councillor Dana Depalme, Karen Thomson (Member-at-Large), Rod Bradshaw (Member-at-Large) Mabel Hamilton (Member-at-Large)

Agricultural Service Board Meetings

An Agricultural Service Board must be forward thinking and connected with its community to be successful, which is why we encourage residents and landowners to attend our meetings. All ASB meetings are open to the public and are held at the Red Deer County Centre; meetings start at 10:00 am, and typically go until 3:00 pm.

Upcoming Meeting Dates: 

  • January 17, 2019

Agendas & Minutes

Click the following links to access ASB agendas and minutes; meeting agendas are available prior to meetings and minutes are available following approval.


For further information, including future ASB meeting dates and other inquiries, contact the Agricultural Services Department.

Farming Operations & Rural Neighbours

Red Deer County is home to many rural non-farm landowners, some of whom live very close to farming operations. Non-farm residents must be aware of the noise, odour and dust associated with normal farm practices. 

Here are some tips on how you can be a good rural neighbour:

  • become knowledgeable about what can be expected from normal farming practices 
  • get involved in the farming community
  • recognize the positive contributions that agriculture makes to the rural landscape, the economy and society as a whole.

Everyone has a role to play to ensure farmers and rural residents live in harmony. All parties have to be willing to communicate with each other, and acknowledge everyone's interests.

The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) administers the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) and its regulations, including following up on complaints and compliance related issues. Contact NRCB at 1-866-383-6722

The AOPA Part 1 Nuisance Regulations are administered by the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO); Part 1 outlines how nuisances such as odour, dust, noise and smoke resulting from agricultural activities are dealt with. Contact FAO at 310-FARM (3276)