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.


  • 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:

Weed Control Act
Soil Conservation Act
Agricultural Pests Act
Animal Health Act

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


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

2023 Agricultural Service Board members: Councillor Philip Massier (Chair), Councillor Brent Ramsay (Vice Chair), Councillor Dana Depalme, Karen Thomson (Member-at-Large), Chelsey Kinsella (Member-at-Large), Allison Ammeter (Member-at-Large), Mark Christian (Member-at-Large).

A picture of the Red Deer County Agricultural Services Board in May 2023 at Red Deer County Centre


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 9:00 am, and typically go until 3:00 pm.

Upcoming Meeting Dates: 

  • January 12, 2023
  • March 9, 2023
  • May 18, 2023
  • July 27, 2023
  • September 21, 2023
  • November 30 2023

Agendas & Minutes