Agriculture and Environment

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Drought Resources for Farmers & Ranchers


Alberta Agriculture & Forestry Info: Farming in dry conditions - Information and tools to assist with on-farm business management and production issues during dry conditions and periods of business stress.




AFSC Resources - AFSC's response to 2021 crop conditions.




Farmers are strongly encouraged to participate in the Agroclimate Impact Report to give feedback on specific drought impacts on individual farms directly to government.




AAAF Memorial Bursary


The Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen Northeast Region will award two $1000 bursaries to students enrolled in a College or University Agricultural or Environmental Science program.  For more information on eligibility requirements and applications, visit the AAAF website.




Growing Hemp In Alberta


Hemp may potentially be a viable crop alternative within the County of Vermilion River.  Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's "Growing Hemp in Alberta" is a good reference if producers are looking for more information on this crop.  In addition, Alberta Innovates has prepared the "Hemp Directory 2019", a business directory for Alberta's hemp processing sector.


Growing Hemp in Alberta


Hemp Directory 2019




Alberta Open Farm Days - August 15 & 16 - Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food.  With Alberta moving forward with Phase 2 of Relaunch on June 12,  Open Farm Days will be hosted in a safe and responsible way while following government's latest public health guidelines.  If you are interested in registering please visit the website:


Support will be offered in a few ways:

  • Reimbursement up to $200 for Porta Potty and handwashing stations
  • Online booking service for your use to manage the number of guests that visit your farm
  • Providing insurance during Open Farm Days
  • Hand Sanitizer for free
  • Other resources to make hosting easier, including directional signs, posters, postcards, etc.
  • Connection to a culinary coordinator who can help you navigate the Alberta Health Services processes and regulations

Water Hemlock - has been found in some areas and may be dangerous for livestock.  More info here.

Did you know that Pruning Elms is only permitted from Oct 1 - Mar 31 each year?  In order to control the spread of Dutch Elm Disease, you are only allowed to prune Elm trees in the winter.  See more info here



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Lakeland College will assist Producers and Agri-Processors with understanding how the FEAP can benefit your operation.  Contact Lyle Lawrence, Energy Outreach Officer for Eastern Alberta, at 780-581-8403 (call or text) for more info.

MOUSE POISON - is no longer available from our office.  More info.

FARMERS - DO NOT Burn your grain bags - use our Recycling Program. Please note that we no longer handle Net Wrap.  More Info Here

ALBERTA FARM SAFETY PROGRAM: there are excellent resources through the Alberta Farm Safety Program covering family safety, young farm workers, farm hazards and more!

Farm Safety Factsheets
Hand Signals for Farm Equipment

BALE SECUREMENT:  If you are transporting bales, please review the Info Sheet here

SAFE TRANSPORT of AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT: Guide book from Alberta Farm Safety Program



Cathie Erichsen-Arychuk, P.Ag

Director of Agriculture & Environment     
(780) 846-2244