ASB Participation in Agriculture Plastics Recycling- Updated

The ASBs have been active advocators for a permanent agriculture plastics recycling program and have passed many provincial resolutions on this topic. Recently the government of Alberta announced their plans to build a circular economy for single use plastics and paper by introducing legislation that opens the door for what is called an Extended Producer …

Alberta Announces Extended Producer Responsibility Framework impacting Plastic Recycling

No current resolutions on Agriculture Plastic Recycling. This spring, the Alberta government announced its intention to pursue a "circular economy approach" to waste management through the development of "an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program that will reduce volume in our landfills and diversify the economy. Under this approach, the cost and management of recycling shifts …

Wildlife Predator Compensation Enhancement – amended

Resolution 2-19 Resolution 2-19 asks the Ministers of Environment and Parks and Justice and Solicitor General to enhance the Wildlife Predator Compensation Program to allow for photographic evidence to reduce the number of Fish and Wildlife Officer investigations. Many of the ASBs felt that the response time in some areas of the province was too …

Agriculture Disasters Declared Due to Dry Conditions

There are now 32 of the 69 municipalities declaring Agriculture Disasters in Alberta, and Federal Livestock Tax Deferral program has been expanded to include most of the province. Links to the Disaster Declarations, Livestock Tax Deferral Program and other resources and announcements can be found on the “Agriculture Disaster Declarations 2021” page on the ASB website.

Agricultural Service Boards

Yesterday the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Honourable Marie-Claud Bibeau announced measures that the federal government is taking to support producers affected by the extreme weather. Included in the announcement was an early designation of the Livestock Tax Deferral provision for the prescribed drought regions.

So far the “prescribed drought regions” eligible for the Livestock Tax Deferral provision in Alberta include : Calgary, Foothills County, Rocky View County, Vulcan County and Willow Creek. In the mean time municipalities throughout Alberta are declaring Agriculture Disasters.

The Agriculture Service Board Provincial Committee (ASBPC) has developed a 2021 Agriculture Disaster page on the website. Included on the page is an updated the list of those municipalities who have declared Agriculture Disasters, and a list of resources for producers and municipalities affected by the dry conditions.

It is expected that more municipalities will end up on the Agriculture Disaster list over the…

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Committee Meets with Minister of Environment and Parks

Minister Nixon updates the committee on Resolutions 2-21, 2-19, 5-19, 4-18, E3-17 On August 10, the Committee was pleased to meet with Minister Nixon, Deputy Minister Bev Yee and various ADMs and department staff for a virtual half hour discussion of the active resolutions sent to Environment and Parks. Minister Nixon and his staff were …

Accessing Public land for Emergency Hay, Grazing or Water

AB Environment and Parks Rangeland initiatives On Friday Aug 6, 2021 the Government of Alberta announced initiatives to support the livestock sector. $136 million is being made available by the province for their portion of the Agri-Recovery program, to be matched by the federal government once approved. Money received from the program can be used …