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Cypress County shares 2023 ag service board report

Posted on April 18, 2024 by Ryan Dahlman

By Anna Smith
Southern Alberta Newspapers

The Cypress County agricultural service board made its annual report to council on April 3 as part of the regular meeting, highlighting accomplishments and goals for the coming year.

“This is a summary basically out of the 2023 activities,” said Lisa Sulz, agricultural supervisor. “Throughout the province, the ASBs are responsible for administering and enforcing the Agricultural Support Act, the Agricultural Pests Act, the Soil Conservation Act and supporting the Animal Health Act.”

Sulz also noted that it remains a priority to provide agricultural and environmental services to ratepayers.

Weed control staff inspected and destroyed weeds at 46 known sites and two new ones, as well as controlled weeds at 106 known sites.

Over the course of the year, biocontrol saw 12 sites with a leafy spurge problem, two sites of Russian knapweed and worked with Ag Canada on a trial to handle Russian olive trees.

They noted a potentially invasive plant in German statice, which has been recommended as an alternative to baby’s breath for many years, said Sulz.

“Unfortunately that’s in our neck of the woods here. So summer staff spends a lot of time digging out German statice that is growing. So we’re keeping an eye on that,” said Sulz.

Pest control inspected various sites for pests, including ring rot, grasshoppers and 232 sites for Norway rats as part of their annual inspection. They also participated in a Dutch Elm Disease survey.

No serious soil erosion issues were identified this year. One instance of avian influenza was noted as part of the animal health act, but no action was required and no other reportable animal health issues were seen.

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