From the Desk of the CAO
Greetings! With each of these articles I will be spotlighting initiatives from individual departments and the day to day programing within the County. In this issue I would like to give you some updates from the Agricultural Services Division.
During the growing season, Agricultural Services is busy in the field, focusing on vegetation management, roadside mowing and spraying programs as well as the weed inspection program. Weeds are always a contentious topic so the County offers a number of services available to farmers to assist in their battle against weeds.
• The County will spray up to five acres of hawkweed on rangeland/pasture for no cost.
Fence line Program
• The County will spray weeds and brush from five metres inside the fence line on rangeland/pasture adjacent to a municipal right of way for no cost.
Herbicide Rebate Program
• 30% rebate on select herbicides applied to range and pasture for the control of noxious and prohibited noxious weeds.
Applications to participate in these services are available on the County website and at the Administration building. A variety of rental equipment is also available to all residents of Brazeau County to assist in their weed control efforts.
Agricultural Services is also growing! Recently, Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) became a part of the Agricultural Services portfolio. ALUS is a program that provides funding to farmers for improvements to stewardship on the land they farm. The program invests in farmers who protect and improve the eco system services their land provides.
Along with these programs, we are also responding to residents’ questions and concerns. Many of these inquiries are in regards to weed and pest identification. Later in the season we will be kicking off pest inspections, which include grasshopper and clubroot survey.
As always, my door is open for any of your concerns or questions. Enjoy the summer weather!