The County helps protect the region's agricultural productivity by controlling native and introduced pests. Private landowners are also tasked with controlling pests on their properties. Agricultural pests and nuisances are defined under the Alberta Agricultural Pest Act as any animal, bird, insect, plant or disease which negatively impacts agricultural production.
While all agricultural and nuisance pests are targeted by Agricultural Services for control in the County, the main pests of concern are Clubroot of Canola, Wild Boar and Fusarium Graminearum.
Clubroot Survey Results
Per Policy 408 – Control of Clubroot Disease, Ag Services conducts an annual inspection of canola fields within the County to monitor the pathogen’s movement and reduce the spread throughout the region. See the 2020 results here.
Mountain Pine Beetle
The County carries a product called Verbenone, used in spot applications to help prevent beetles from attacking valued trees. Verbenone pouches can be attached to specific high value trees chosen to be protected.
Beaver Mitigation Resources
The County employs a number of humane, environmentally friendly strategies to keep beaver populations at bay, remove water blockages due to beaver habitats, and mitigate damage and loss wherever possible.
Pest Control Services
The County uses integrated pest management systems to control and eradicate noxious and prohibited noxious weeds. By putting grazing, mowing and herbicide pressure on these invasive species, we aim to maintain and enhance the level of native vegetation we have and, give crops the advantage they need to prosper and minimize weed establishment.
Inspections done annually on crops help to control the establishment and spread of various crop diseases (like clubroot), and crop pests (like high grasshopper populations). Our goal is to educate producers on these topics and build strong management plans should disease or pests threaten yields.
Current Predator & Animal Control Programs
Humane Management of Animal Populations
The County aims to maintain healthy populations of wildlife while controlling those species known to cause disturbance for residents. Controlling animal populations does not always mean "to destroy" but may include trapping and relocating as well. We will not participate in any unnecessary reduction in populations of wildlife, only in the control of these animals to amounts that are agreeable with the land's carrying capacity and the tolerance of the producer.
Coyote Control Program
For more information about the Coyote Control Program, please contact the Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services department at 780.785.3411(toll-free 1.866.880.5722) or agriculture (@) LSAC.ca.
Controlling animal populations does not always mean "to destroy" but may include trapping and relocating as well.
Beaver Control Program
The County has introduced a flooding prevention incentive in place. This program is designed to help control beaver overpopulation on private land. Under this incentive, $40.00 per beaver tail is available, subject to the following conditions:
- The landowner must first notify the County of the problem with beavers, giving a legal description of the property and the description of the flooded area, i.e. hay land, cultivated land or pasture.
- Landowners and authorized persons must sign an affidavit that the beavers were destroyed within Lac Ste. Anne County and that these animals were causing flooding of agricultural land.
- The total amount paid out by the County on this program is limited to $10,000 (the amount provided in the budget prepared by the Agricultural Service Board).
- Agricultural Services Manager may establish limits on the amount payable to a landowner or authorized person.
- In the interest of public health, beaver tails will be collected at the Regional Landfill within specified time windows for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Beaver tails less than three (3) inches in length are not acceptable for payment.