Maintaining and enhancing riparian health of streams, dugouts and wetlands on the farm has many financial and ecological benefits. Maintaining a clean source of drinking water for livestock improves rates of gain and lowers the risk of illness. The risk of injury and infection is also reduced if the animals do not need to walk through mud or down steep banks to access water.
Healthy riparian areas also increase nutrient run-off buffering capacity and provide refuge for beneficial insects.
For more information about riparian area management and to access Riparian Health Assessment and Inventory forms please visit Cows and Fish website Home - Cows and Fish.
Off-source Watering Units
The Agricultural Services Department offers 2 solar powered off-source watering units for rent. Rentals are capped at 1 month as the purpose is to trial the system on your farm. Waterers are only capable of pumping from surface water and will not be suitable for shallow wells. (Note: producers will need to provide their own trough).
Please be advised the Federal Shelterbelt program through the PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration) has been discontinued. Individuals will no longer be able to order trees through this program or Foothills County.
The county does have a ride on tree planter for rent to assist with planting shelterbelts. Please see the Rental Equipment Brochure for more information.
Please find below a list of private Tree Nurseries who offer shelterbelt trees directly to Alberta residents:
Boreal Horticultural Services
HELP International Shelterbelt Centre
Tree Time Services
PRT Alberta Inc
Woodmere Nursery Ltd.
Environmental Farm Plan
The Environmental Farm Plan is a free tool producers can use to identify environmental risks on the farm. The process involves a self-assessment to identify the risks and develop plans and strategies to mitigate these risks. Once you have completed the EFP workbook a technician from AEFP will audit the plan, provide feedback and award a Certificate of Completion if they find your EFP satisfactory.
EFP’s are becoming increasingly important as some funding and marketing opportunities are only available to producers that have completed the EFP assessment.
Agricultural Plastics Recycling
Agricultural Services rents a bag roller for the recycling of grain and silage bags. Please ensure that bags are free of debris, mud, and ice and snow before rolling as the recyclers may reject them if they are too dirty. Bales must be tightly wrapped and bound with twine. See the rental equipment brochure for more information.
Bags are available at the Foothills Regional Landfill. Please ensure twine is free of debris and not tied in knots. Net-wrap is not accepted at this time.
Pesticide Container Recycling
Pesticide containers are accepted free of charge at the landfill. Please ensure all containers are triple rinsed.