Agricultural Services

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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

topsoil handling guidelines for industry & Construction

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The Topsoil Handling Guidelines have been compiled by Red Deer County to reduce the spread of soil-borne diseases and contaminants, while still ensuring that the top and most agriculturally productive layer of soil remains viable throughout development and construction.

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)