Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 06:00 am By: Dan Singleton
Resolutions passed at the recent Alberta AgriculturalService Board (ASB) conference should help improve the agriculture industry inthis region and across the province, say officials.
In all, 12 resolutions were considered at the conference,which was held in mid-January and was attended by several members of theMountain View County agricultural service board.
Brian Rodger, chairman of the local board, said he waspleased with several of the resolutions, including one regarding proposed taxchanges that could impact farms and farm families.
The resolutions were officially released by the provincialASB last week. Those resolutions include the following:
The background note accompanying the resolution stated, inpart, that “The proposed changes threaten the viability of farmers and theirfamily farms and have potential implications for the amount of tax farmers payand could penalize farmers for trying to keep family farms within the family byestablishing farm corporations.”
The background note accompanying the resolution stated, inpart, that, “Every three years when the grant funding program expires,municipalities will need to apply and wait to hear if and when the funding isavailable, leaving some municipal employees in limbo while waiting to hear iftheir grant was successful in getting funding.”
The background note accompanying the resolution stated, inpart, that, “weeds are known to disrupt and potentially destroy natural habitats,putting wildlife habitat at risk.”
The background note accompanying that resolution stated, inpart, that “the local food movement is growing in Alberta and local producersare marketing protein and baked goods directly to consumers through U-pickoperations, farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture.”
The background note accompanying that resolution stated, inpart, that the new notification rules would “improve the local authority’sability to deal with these (pests), and benefit the people, agricultureindustry and enhance environmental protection of the province.”
The passed resolutions will be used by the provincial ASB tolobby the government for related action.
“Resolutions bring forward issues to make suggestions orrecommendations for future action to bring about desired change,” countyadministration said in a briefing note that came before the recent MVC agriculturalservice board meeting.
Chairman Rodger said he was pleased with the recent ASBconference and believes it was worthwhile attending.
“There was an excellent delegation of speakers,” Rodgersaid. “There was a great presentation about the TB outbreak in southeasternAlberta and how it was handled from the start of the original cow herd to howthese producers coped with the loss of their entire cow herds.
“All the presentations were applicable to the entireagricultural and rural communities of Alberta.”