The following links have been curated by the Lesser Slave River's Agricultural Services department to help producers quickly find the information and resources that help them manage their operations. From gaining a better understanding of government regulations and learning about leveraging environmental best practices into farming and livestock resources, to getting confidential mental health support, links to a variety of third-party resources can be found below.
The MD endeavours to keep its agricultural links current. Know of a relevant agricultural resource that's not listed here? Send an email to russ.jassman (@) mdlsr.ca and if appropriate we'll make sure to include it below.
Alberta Farmer Express
Serving Canada’s second-largest agricultural province, Alberta Farmer Express is widely recognized as the place where Alberta farmers and ranchers find out what’s happening in agriculture, whether it’s on local farms or on farms around the world.
Alberta Mental Health - Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 or Dial 811
One in 5 Canadians, including Albertans, will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and the remaining four will be affected by the mental health issues of a loved one.
Canadian Mental Health Association
As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
The Do More Agriculture Foundation
Do More Ag is a not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health in agriculture across Canada.
The Support Network - 24 hour Distress Lines (Northern Alberta): 1-800 232-7288; (Greater Edmonton Area): 780-482-HELP (4357)
Alberta Barley Commission
Alberta Barley is a farmer-directed, not-for-profit organization representing Alberta’s barley farmers. Alberta Barley collects a mandatory, but refundable, check-off and reinvests it to grow the barley industry—and its profitability.
The mandate of the Commission is to increase the long term profitability of Alberta canola growers through research, promotional activities, consumer and producer education programs, and policy development.
Alberta Wheat Commission
The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is a provincial grower organization operating under the auspices of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act (MAPA) and funded by a mandatory/refundable service charge that is used to support the organization’s strategic priorities.
Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen
A useful website that provides information, news, and events on Alberta’s agriculture, Agricultural Service Boards, and Agricultural Fieldmen.
Crop Decision Making Tools
On the Alberta Agriculture website, under the decision making tools tab, there are multiple calculators that range from cereal seeding calculators to crop return calculators and even livestock feed calculators.
Farmer Pesticide Training Certificate Course
The Farmer Pesticide Certification course is a tool intended to help farmers to reduce risks associated with pesticide use. This course is recommended under the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan, but is also mandatory for farmers who wish to use restricted pesticides that require certification.
Alberta Beef Producers
Alberta Beef Producers is a strong, clear, and representative voice speaking and working on behalf of cattle and beef producers in Alberta and contributing to a vigorous and profitable beef industry.
Canadian Cattle Identification Agency
The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is a non-profit, industry led organization established to promote and protect animal health and food safety concerns in the Canadian cattle herd. Forms, regulations, news, procedure guidelines, and more.
Livestock Identification Services Ltd.
Livestock Identification Services Ltd. is known for providing inspection services to livestock producers in Alberta.
Ag Plastics Fact Sheet
This fact sheet contains information on agricultural plastics, and explains what products can be recycled, proper handling and packing of this material, and the hazards of using burning as a method of disposal.
Black Knot Fact Sheet
This fact sheet created by Toso Bozic, Woodlot Extension Specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, provides information on Black Knot removal, control and prevention.
Cows and Fish
The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, more commonly known as ‘Cows and Fish’ strives to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and value riparian areas.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. This website is full of information about Ducks Unlimited, frequently asked questions, news, and facts.
Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta
The Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta provides communication and educational opportunities in the area of industrial vegetation management. This website provides information on events, articles, and publications regarding vegetation.
Natural Resources Conservation Board
The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) reviews proposals for projects that affect Alberta’s non-energy natural resources, and regulates Alberta’s confined feeding operations. This website includes information on NRCB guides, forms and legislation.