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Agricultural Service Board (ASB)

The ongoing activity of Agricultural Services is to encourage production, profitability and sustainability of the agriculture industry in Thorhild County through information and program support.

The implementation of agricultural policies and the obligations for enforcement is specified under various Government of Alberta Acts including:

Along with the above responsibilities, the ASB promotes the sound management of surface water (drainage) on agricultural lands. Direction on programs and services is provided to Thorhild County Agricultural Services in regard to and in accordance with the budget as adopted by Thorhild County Council. 


JUNE 10, 2020 - Thorhild County Council unanimously declared a State of Agricultural Disaster.  Council will be lobbying the Minister of Agriculture, Devin Dreeshen to establish a disaster recovery program for 2020.


Alberta 2020 Disaster Recovery Programs 

Residents, businesses, agriculture operations, not for profit organizations within Thorhild County can apply for financial assistance from flooding that occurred in 2020. (Applications and inquiries are to be directed to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency)


  • Apply online beginning September 28, 2020
  • Application deadline: December 23, 2020   Deadline has been extended to January 31 2021.

If you have experienced uninsurable loss and damage, you may be eligible to receive funding.

Damages caused by overland flooding are eligible for a disaster recovery program. Hail, sewer backup and insurance deductibles do not qualify under the program, as insurance coverage is considered reasonably and readily available for these issues.


The following documents provide important information for the application process.

Apply Online -

To complete an online application for homeowner and tenant assistance from the Disaster Recovery Program, you will need a MyAlberta Digital Identity (MADI). If you do not have a MADI account, sign up on the MyAlberta Digital ID website


Fillable Application Forms

If you are an eligible small business, not-for-profit institution, agriculture operation or landlord, or Irrigation District, you can complete the fillable PDF application form below and email it to, or mail it to:

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
5th Floor, Terrace Building
9515 107 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2C1


Connect with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency:


Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 1-888-671-1111



Alberta Emergency Management Agency
5th Floor, Terrace Building
9515 107 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2C1

Posted Sept 28 2020


Alberta Invasive Plants Council Fact Sheets the complete list of Noxious Plants.

Black Knot Fungus 
Black Knot Fungus is a common fungus associated with the Prunus species. The most distinctive symptoms are black tar-like swellings along branches of the infected plant.  Click here on how to control Black Knot Fungus


Thorhild County 2% Liquid Strychnine Program

Thorhild County Agricultural Services will be offering 2% Liquid Strychnine for purchase to aid in Richardson Ground Squirrel Control.  This is to be used for Richardson Ground Squirrels Only.  The applicant must be a registered agricultural producer to be eligible for purchase.  It is recommended to obtain your Strychnine early, to prevent infestations from occurring.  

Strychnine can be purchased from the Agricultural Services office at $10.00 per 240 ml bottle.  Contact the Department to per-order and book and an appointment to complete the application and arrange pick up. 


Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network.  2020 Forecast Maps are now available. 

Indentification of Weeds 2020


Some of the Agricultural Service Board Programs are:



Agricultural Fieldman -
Clarence Dowhan


Agricultural Field Person - 
Sarah Rice




Tours and Training: 

Agriculture Links:

Vegetation Control Maximize
Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture (AESA) Maximize
Pest and Predator Control Maximize