2019 Agricultural Service Board Resolutions

The Provincial Agricultural Service Boards recently met and passed eight resolutions at their Provincial Conference.

The Therefore Be It Resolved is posted here for information.

RESOLUTION 1-19:  LOSS OF 2% LIQUID STRYCHNINE

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST Health Canada and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency reconsider their decision and leave 2% Liquid Strychnine on the market available on a permanent basis to agricultural producers to utilize on their farms for control of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels.

RESOLUTION 2-19:  WILDLIFE PREDATOR COMPENSATION PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that the Ministers of Environment and Parks, Justice and Solicitor General, and all other relevant government ministries implement an enhanced Predator Compensation Program that could utilize the GPS location and date time features and photo capabilities of smart phone technology to provide photographic or video evidence to assist in the confirmation of livestock death and livestock injury in a timely and prompt manner, and reduce the number of physical site investigations Fish and Wildlife Officers must conduct.

RESOLUTION 3-19:  DEADSTOCK REMOVAL

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that the Provincial Government compensate producers fifty percent (50%) of the deadstock pick up fees with producers bearing the remainder of costs.

RESOLUTION 4-19:  CARBON CREDITS FOR PERMANENT PASTURE AND FORESTED LANDS

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that Alberta Agriculture and Forestry develop a process to allow farmers and landowners to access carbon credits for land used for permanent pasture, perennial forage crops or land that is left forested.

RESOLUTION 5-19:  MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COMMITTEE TO WORK AT REDUCING THE USE OF FRESH WATER BY THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IN ALBERTA

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that the Provincial Agricultural Service Board Committee request the Government of Alberta to immediately strike a multi-stakeholder committee to work at reducing the use of fresh water by the oil and gas industry in Alberta.

RESOLUTION 6-19:  STEP PROGRAM AGRICULTURAL ELIGIBILITY

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that Government of Alberta review its Summer Temporary Employment Program to include farms and small businesses that are not incorporated.

EMERGENT RESOLUTION E1-19:  ACCESS TO AGRICULTURE SPECIFIC MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that the Provincial Government of Alberta facilitates the formation of a free, year-round, all hours, mental health crisis hotline, dedicated to the agriculture industry, providing farmers with direct access to uniquely qualified professionals and resources, whom have both an understanding of mental health issues and agriculture specific stresses.

FURTHER THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that the Provincial Government of Alberta secure long-term, sustainable funding for the operation and maintenance of this mental health crisis hotline.

EMERGENT RESOLUTION E2-19:  NO ROYALTIES ON FARM SAVED SEED

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALBERTA’S AGRICULTURAL SERVICE BOARDS REQUEST that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency abandon the proposal to implement the adoption of End Point Royalties (EPRs) for farm saved seed “trailing royalty contracts”.

 

The resolutions with WHEREAS statements and Background Information may be found here.

2019 Resolutions ALL

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