Welcome to our Rural Development Department

Agricultural Coordinator    
  Dessa Nicholson      Email

The Agricultural Coordinator is tasked with managing weed and pest control, animal health, soil erosion, and water conservation programs. The department is also responsible for vegetation management on all County rights of way.

Each summer, seasonal staff are hired and designated as Weed and Pest Inspectors, to inspect for weeds and pests on private land. The team works to provide advice, education and resources to the residents and welcomes suggestions, inquiries and reports.

Consult the special sections below for specific information or get in touch with us using the email links above or call Saddle Hills County at 780-864-3760.

Agriculture Links:

- Do Not Spray Agreements
- Fenceline Vegetation Control Agreements
- Rental Equipment
- Veterinary Services Incorporated (VSI) Program

To report a concern/problem or request information please click here.

Agricultural Services Board (ASB)

The Agricultural Services Board (ASB) is an advisory board to Council and makes policies, bylaws and holds public workshops in order to promote sustainable agriculture in the County.  Annual inspections for pests and crop diseases as well as prohibited noxious and noxious weeds on private land, public lands and other jurisdictions within the County are conducted through policy, bylaw and provincial statute.  

Invasive plants and vegetation on County infrastructure, such as communications towers, transfer stations, gravel pits and roads are also managed by the Rural Development Department.  The ASB meets 8-12 times per year, meetings are open to the public, agendas and minutes are available on the County website.

The department collects some data that is personal in nature, however that information is protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  The information is used to provide services to its Rate Payers, prepare tax notices including crop scouting, pesticide recommendations, sites for recycling agricultural plastics, Veterinary Services Incorporated (VSI) program and the Livestock Protection Program and a Wild Boars program. 

ASB Links
ASB Agendas & Minutes
ASB Annual Reports
ASB Membership
ASB Strategic Plans



Saddle Hills County remains relatively free of crop pests and weeds allowing for sound agricultural practices and many choices for crop rotation.  Crop pests and weeds are most times introduced to new areas by accident and sometimes remain undetected for several seasons. 

The best way to prevent unintentional introduction is to ensure that any farming, industrial and recreational equipment, livestock, and pets are cleaned of all debris and mineral soil prior to import to the County.  The Agricultural Fieldman is authorized under the Agricultural Pests Act to detain any equipment that is suspected of carrying a listed pathogen, collect samples and sent them to the laboratory for testing. 

The equipment cannot move until the tests are received proving that the debris is pathogen free.  We should all be concerned with sustainable agriculture, so tell your neighbors and if you see dirty equipment, machinery or rig mats coming into the County, please call your Agricultural Fieldman.