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Here Come the Weed Inspectors 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Every year, Rocky View County hires seasonal staff to help in the battle against invasive weed species.  Weed inspectors will be throughout the County this summer inspecting both private and public property to help stop the spread of regulated weeds listed as noxious and prohibited noxious on the Read More...

Weedy Wednesday Featuring Canada Thistle

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Have you encountered Canada thistle on your property? Known for its menacing spiny leaves and small purple or pink urn shaped flowers. Canada thistle boasts more than just its looks-it harbours an incredible secret below the surface! Its roots reach as deep as 18 ft below ground. This perennial weed Read More...

2024 Agricultural Tour

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Register now for Rocky View County’s 37th annual Agricultural Tour! This day-long bus tour will feature farms and ag-businesses in the north central area of the county! This year’s tour will feature Highline Mushrooms, Gallelli Farms, Canadiana Equestrian Centre, Cairns Feedyard and other Read More...

Trees & Shrubs in Southern Alberta

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Southern Alberta is known for endless prairie landscapes with natural cottonwood and some willows. Closer to the mountains and foothills there are plenty of white spruce, pines, aspen, balsam poplar and in some places Douglas fir. Most of the trees you see around yards, fields, streets, parks, and Read More...

Cochrane Ecological Institute Celebrates Six Decades of Wildlife Conservation

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Located in Rocky View County, just west of Highway 22, the Cochrane Ecological Institute has been a beacon of hope for Alberta's wildlife and ecosystems since 1964. As it marks its 60th anniversary, the Smeeton family remains dedicated to their mission of ecosystem restoration, which includes Read More...

So Many Workshops Planned for this Spring - Don’t miss out! 

Monday, April 29, 2024

Each year Rocky View County’s Agriculture Service team works to partner and offer many workshops for residents whether you run a large farm operation, have an acreage or want to care for your yard!  Here is a preview of some upcoming workshops that might interest you (confirmed and to be confirmed)! Read More...

2024 Spring Weed Spraying Program

Thursday, April 25, 2024

As part of the County's annual weed control program, crews will be spraying invasive weeds in Division 3, 4, and 7 this year. Division's roadsides are sprayed on a three-year rotation and spot treatment will occur in other divisions throughout the county. Weed spraying is used as part of an Read More...

Take Advantage of Local Tools & Programs to Assist with Drought Resilience

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Drought resiliency is important to us at Rocky View County. With many users across several watersheds, the ability to conserve and use water efficiently in the County is a crucial part to mitigating the risks associated with the current drought situation.With many news articles and workshops Read More...

Trap Rental Program Available to Rocky View County Residents

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Did you know Rocky View County has a trap rental program through Agricultural and Environmental Services?Several different types of traps are available to residents for a two-week period to safely trap and remove unwanted animal pests on your county property. All traps are live capture, and it is up Read More...

Documentary Film Screening at Olds College: "Farms of the Future: The Evolution of Agriculture"

Friday, April 5, 2024

In 2023 Tyler Duffy, a filmmaker, director, and actor based in Central Alberta, directed and produced a documentary film called "Farms of the Future: The Evolution of Agriculture." The film was shot on various dates between May 2023 and October 2023, to capture the full farming season from seeding Read More...

Proper Site Assessment and Preparation Necessary for Successful Tree Planting Projects

Friday, April 5, 2024

Whether you plant trees for shelterbelts, windbreaks, eco-buffers, or afforestation, regardless, proper site assessment and preparation is essential for successful tree establishment. Tree seedlings require four basic elements to grow: water, nutrients, sunlight, and space. Site preparation refers Read More...

Now Accepting Applications for 2024 ALUS Funding

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Rocky View County is currently accepting project applications for the Alternate Land Use Services (ALUS) program. These projects provide ecological goods and services such as cleaner water and air, flood control and water retention, carbon sequestration, increased biodiversity including wildlife and Read More...

Nominations Now Open for 2024 Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame

Monday, March 18, 2024

The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame was created in 1951 to recognize individuals on a biennial cycle who have made significant contributions to the agriculture and food industry and to the development and sustainability of rural life in Alberta.Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation ceremonially Read More...

Timing Imperative for Adequate Richardson Ground Squirrel (Gopher) Control

Friday, March 15, 2024

Richardson ground squirrels (RGS’s) commonly known as “gophers” usually emerge from hibernation the end of February to mid-March. Males emerge first and the females shortly after in which the breeding season commences. If you’re considering a control program this year, you’ll want to begin right Read More...

Helping Farmers: Annual Agricultural Permits Available for Road Bans

Friday, March 15, 2024

Many Rocky View County residents rely on farming as their livelihood for which trucking plays an important role for transporting grain, seed, fertilizer, and livestock along the County’s roads. At critical times during the year, such as spring thaw, bans are posted which restrict the amount of Read More...

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