Agricultural Services

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New Prohibited Noxious Weed Has Shown up in the Area!

Flowering Rush is a cattail like perennial of freshwater wetlands. It can grow on water margins or as a submerged plant in deeper water. Weed Inspectors are aware of the plant's existence of along the South Saskatchewan River. At this point it is not believed that this weed exists in any great amount, so controlling it quickly when it is found would be ideal.  

Since this plant grows in or in close proximity to water hand removal is basically the only option. Cutting below the water surface can suppress the plants but will need to be repeated. Hand digging is an option, but care must be taken to remove all parts of the plant since root fragments can break off and drift in the water, causing another infestation. Plant matter, once removed can be disposed of in the landfill.

The County asks that, should you find any flowering rush on your property, you should dispose of it immediately. As a courtesy, informing ASB staff of its presence will enable the County to track the locations of where the plant is. If you are unable to deal with the weed on your own please feel free to contact the County and staff can provide assistance.

For more information on identifying and controlling the plant please visit the Alberta Invasive Species Council fact sheet website.  

Some photos in an identification fact sheet.
Photos in the water and the leaf shape.
Photos of flowers.
Close up photos of leaves and the flower.


agricultural services department receives direction from the Agricultural Service Board (ASB). This department is responsible for administering and developing programs to compliment the Agricultural Service Board Act, the Weed Control Act, the Agricultural Pests Act and the Soil Conservation Act. (Copies of these Acts can be found on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's website.)

They are also responsible for assisting local producers with Environmental Farm Plans, and with the application process for Growing Forward grant funding.

Other areas of responsibility include hamlet park maintenance, brush control in rights-of-way and agricultural education and awareness.

2015 Crop Variety Guides

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in conjunction with Agriculture Canada have released their cereal variety guides for 2015. These guides can assist producers in selecting varieties of crops that will offer resistance to certain diseases.

Fusarium Head Blight Reaction of Cereal Varieties For Alberta
Leaf Spot and Stripe Rust Reactions of Wheat Varieties For Alberta 
Leaf Spot Reaction of Barley Varieties For Alberta


ASB Year End Reports   

At the end of each year the ASB Chairman prepares a report on the ASB's activities.To view these reports please click HERE

ASB News Newsletter

Cypress County's ASB, in partnership with the County of Forty Mile, publishes a newsletter highlighting new and interesting subject matter affecting agriculture. To view these newsletters please click HERE  

Agricultural Service Board contact info


Dustin Vossler: Phone: 403.502.1834 : Email


Michelle McKenzie: Phone: 403.878.5705: Email

Shane Hok: Phone: 403.504.9753: Email

Conny Kappler (member at large): Phone: 403.580.5582: Email

Kyle Knodel (member at large): Phone: 403.878.4611: Email


Jason Storch (Agricultural Fieldman): Phone: 403.526.2888: On Leave

Kennedy Fandrick (Acting Assistant Agricultural Fieldman): Phone: 403.526.2888: Email


Rental Equipment
Cypress County has several pieces of rental equipment available to rate payers
This includes:

  • Two 15 foot Sunflower no-till seed drills
  • 14 foot land roller (can be filled with water)
  • Cattle scale
  • Weigh wagon
  • Shelterbelt mulch applicator
  • Skunk and raccoon traps
  • Back Pack Sprayers
  • Tree planters
  • Pasture pipeline plow
  • Solar cattle waterer
  • Exit applicator

To check the availability of any of the equipment or to book the equipment for use please contact the County office.

Roadside Spraying
Roadside (from the edge of the road to the fence line) spraying is done to keep weeds in the ditch from spreading into the adjacent field. The weeds that are primarily targeted are those that are listed in the regulations of the Weed Control Act. We do not blanket spray the ditches, but rather spot spray individual plants or patches of weeds.

The County’s roadsides are sprayed on a rotational basis, with 1/3 of the county’s roads being sprayed each year. Any newly constructed roads are sprayed, as needed, for at least 3 years, or until the grass is sufficiently established to out compete most weeds.

Herbicides that are used include, Milestone, Clearview, 2,4-D, Glyphosate, Garlon, and Tordon 22K.

Cypress County does not allow organic producers to use any part of the municipal right-of-way for a buffer zone. Organic producers are encouraged to contact the county to alert the Ag Services department of their organic status. Staff will do their best to ensure that they are careful in those areas, but the county reserves the right to control weeds in the right-of-way as needed.

For more information please contact the Cypress County  office.

Rat Control
The Norway Rat is designated as a pest under the Agricultural Pests Act and as such must be destroyed when found. A 2014 infestation at the Medicine Hat Sanitary Landfill has been eradicated.

If you think that you have seen a rat all residents are encouraged to contact the County.

Since Cypress County borders Saskatchewan, we have a contract with the Province stating that we will inspect all possible rat habitat within 12 miles of the Saskatchewan border. These inspections take place in November and December.

For information on identifying rats and steps you can take to protect your property go to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's website on Rat Control.

For more information please contact the Cypress County office.

Environmental Farm Plans and Growing Forward
If you are interested in doing an Environmental Farm Plan for you operation or would like to apply for Growing Forward funding, you can contact the Cypress County office and Lisa Sulz can assist you with the process.

Hamlet Parks Maintenance
Cypress County’s Ag Department is responsible for mowing the grass and basic maintenance of the parks and green spaces in Desert Blume and Irvine.  All other hamlets have community associations that are responsible for maintaining their parks.

Here are some links to agriculturally related programs and information:
Canadian Agricultural Safety Association - Back to Ag Program 
   The Back to Ag Program is a new funding project focused on supporting the cost of adaptive technology for farmers or ag workers that have experienced traumatic injury.  

Alberta Beef Producers 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award
   The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability