The Agricultural Service Board’s authority is derived from the Agricultural Service Board Act R.S.A. 2000 Chapter A-10. Section 3(4) of the Act states that the board must exercise on behalf of Council all the powers and perform all the duties that are conferred on it by Council, under this or any other enactment, with respect to agricultural matters. All policy changes and expenditures must be approved by Council.
The purpose of the Agricultural Service Board, as described in Section 2 of the Agricultural Service Board Act, are:
- to act as an advisory body and to assist the Council and the Minister, in matters of mutual concern,
- to advise on and to help organize and direct weed and pest control and soil and water conservation programs,
- to assist in the control of animal disease under the Animal Health Act,
- to promote, enhance and protect viable and sustainable agriculture with a view to improving the economic viability of the agricultural producer, and
- to promote and develop agricultural policies to meet the needs of the municipality.
Input sought about agriculture programs.
Albertans have the opportunity to share ideas about the future of provincial and national agriculture programs through an online survey.
Alberta is working with the federal government, other provinces and territories to develop a new five-year agricultural policy framework to replace the current Growing Forward 2 agreement, which expires on March 31, 2018.
“Negotiating the next agriculture policy framework with the federal government is an important conversation about how we can support our sector, our rural communities, and our producers. It’s important that we hear from producers and other stakeholders so that we can craft an agreement that supports sustainable growth and makes life better for Alberta producers and their communities. When agriculture succeeds, rural Alberta succeeds.”
The online survey is open to all Albertans, but will be of particular interest to those in the agriculture sector. The survey includes discussion about key priorities such as:
- markets and trade
- science, research and innovation
- risk management
- environmental sustainability and climate change
- value-added agriculture and agri-food processing
- public trusthttps://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=465713F10D1F0-0D44-87B1-9379F22064F6A025
- This survey is open until May 8,17