Train as a Registered Nurse

Do you live within 120 km of the Town of Wainwright? Then you can study to become a registered nurse through this unique program delivered by the University of Calgary.

Click HERE to apply.

The application deadline for the September 2023 intake is March 1, 2023.

Upcoming Events

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Public Works Updates

Stockpiling

Crews will be stockpiling at the Daysland Stockpile Site, located south of Highway 13 on Range Road 170. Please use caution as gravel trucks will be turning onto and off of the highway.

Multiple Load Road Use Agreements

All individuals and companies hauling more than ten (10) loads per day on Flagstaff County roads are required to procure a Multiple Load Road Use Agreement through RoaData Services Ltd. For more information, please click HERE.

(Note: Please keep in mind that our seasonal crews will be out working on our roadways and to use extreme caution while travelling on these roads while they are being maintained in any way. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. Also keep in mind that projects may be delayed due to wet weather.)

Make service requests online

Attention all rural Flagstaff County landowners: Got a service request for Public Works, such as a sewer or road issue?

You can report it online through our website by clicking HERE.

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What’s on your Roots

By Nick Dunn

Clubroot is a serious soil-borne disease that can’t be taken lightly; it is classified as a pest under the Alberta Agricultural Pests Act. Negligence is no way to overcome it. Within the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan, it is Flagstaff County Agriculture Service Board’s responsibility to conduct annual surveys to monitor the spread and resistance breakdown of clubroot. Here in Flagstaff, we are a major producer of canola, and we rely heavily on the broadleaf to fit within our crop rotations. Each year we will conduct a survey with appointed pest inspectors throughout all 48 townships throughout the County. These surveys consist of 4 fields in each township selected at random and are surveyed with methods approved from the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan. Test samples are sent to a lab for clubroot pathogen DNA testing. If a clubroot sample is found positive, the landowner will be notified by the Agricultural Fieldman through a Notice to Control Pests and all adjacent landowners will be notified of the infestation as well. The main restriction within the notice is that the producer must keep the infected field free from brassica family plants due to their host ability. This includes mustard, cabbage family vegetables, and even some weeds that can be a host such as stinkweed and shepherd’s purse.

The original source of clubroot is unknown. During the 1970’s, in the Edmonton area, was when we first identified the disease within small gardens, and in 2003, everything changed. It was reported that the first field of clubroot was detected in Sturgeon County, and this proved that we had failed to implement the best management practices right from the start. It has since evolved and spread, making an economic impact on our mustard production system affecting the yield, quality and in extreme cases crop loss. Clubroot is spread through resting spores within the soil; on a single lateral canola root, one gall can be loaded with up to 2 million spores and can survive for up to 20 years. The main methods of spreading are through machinery, soil and water erosion, wind, and even seed dust. What scares me the most are custom applicators. One piece of machinery spread over various land locations and landowners could lead to the expansion of it across their areas causing a snowball effect in a relatively short period. It is hard to detect clubroot without getting your hands dirty and pulling plants for root inspection. Looking at the crop canopy. If you notice patches of discoloration or delayed maturity that are like drought stress, other disease infestation, or nutrient deficiency, you should consider further scouting and testing.

So, what can we do about it? The best management practice is sanitization. This is a laborious method, but effective. I’ve been told that it is not possible to wash equipment after use, but it is possible, and we see this within the oilfield industry. If we know we have it, and its lifespan is 20 years, it might be in your best interest to sanitize coming out of that field. The other practice we can use is growing multi genetic clubroot resistance varieties and incorporating a 1 in 4-year rotation. Not only has clubroot evolved, but so has the science behind it, take this into consideration when it comes to variety selection. Other ways to mitigate the spread are minimizing vehicle traffic, avoiding the use of straw, direct seeding, monitoring, and using new approaches.

Nick Dunn is Flagstaff County’s Agricultural Fieldman. He can be reached via email at: ndunn@flagstaff.ab.ca or by phone at: 780-384-4138.

The Farming Footprint

By Nick Dunn

There has been a lot of discussion recently on how the agricultural industry will be affected by the world gaining more recognition towards carbon. This specifically spiked when our Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, brought forward his fertilizer plan. His plan is to achieve a 30% fertilizer reduction below 2020 levels by 2030.  

The world’s population is close to 8 billion people, and we do not have enough food to feed everyone as it stands. Here in Canada, we are fortunate to be able to produce far more than we can consume which makes us a reliable country for feeding the future. In conjunction with Guilbeault’s plan, the federal government has a goal to increase international agri-food trade to $75 billion by 2025 (which was surpassed in 2021 by $7 billion) mainly led by unexpected global issues. To support feeding the world’s population and maintain Canadas export expectations, we rely on synthetic fertilizers. Fertilizer use is essential for crop production and along with other technological advances, has allowed us to increase yields over the past 40 years. It gives us a fighting chance. 

With this plan, Canadian farmers could potentially lose $48 billion in revenue according to a study from Fertilizer Canada due to reduced yields. Reduced fertilizer use goes hand in hand with reduced yields. Globally there are some other similar climate change policies being brought to the table. If many follow suit, there will be food shortages that we have never seen before. If you thought food was expensive today, I’m afraid to tell you the future doesn’t look any brighter, in fact the worst is yet to come. Does Ottawa want to be a contributor to starting a global food crisis? 

For those who are in the agricultural industry it’s important to bring awareness to what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. Our federal government is overlooking the consequences with these erratic goals and propositions due to a lack of knowledge. The agricultural industry has been making changes to better the quality of the soil and air without impacting productivity and this seems to be un-recognized. We’re stewards, we want to leave the land in better shape than when we received it, this is part of our succession plan. To promote longevity. The fertilizer industry already promotes the use of the 4R Nutrient Management plan which is intended to improve fertilizer use and efficacy. The right source, right rate, right time and in the right place is the guide to promote efficient farming practices and help keep nutrients in the soil. Not only does this model help the pockets of our producers but it has been proven to lower emissions. When we put fertilizer in the ground with the 4R stewardship model, we’re essentially replacing what we are removing with harvest, whether it be removed from the seed or the straw. If we didn’t, we would be considered soil miners, not producers. After long periods of abusing soil quality, we wouldn’t be able to produce anything. There are many other advancements that producers have incorporated to help reduce emissions like Implementing diesel exhaust fluid into equipment, feed and manure management, crop rotation, and reduced tillage. The Flagstaff County Agriculture Service Board (ASB), along with many other ASB’s throughout Alberta, have been writing letters to the Provincial and Federal Government to reconsider how this goal is measured and achieved. Consider our world, country, economy, and industry.   

Nick Dunn is Flagstaff County’s Agricultural Fieldman. He can be reached via email at: ndunn@flagstaff.ab.ca or by phone at: 780-384-4138.

Social Media Guidelines

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From Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Instagram, Flagstaff County takes pride in having a strong and engaging social media presence. The various platforms have proven to be very effective for sharing information of public interest with our residents, businesses and visitors. We also value the opportunity for the two-way dialogue that social media sites provide.

Business strategy sessions

building success in small businessFlagstaff County is now offering one-on-one business strategy sessions with business coach Amanda Wagner, to small businesses in the Flagstaff Region. After seeing some incredible changes in our Flagstaff Crafted businesses following their strategy sessions with Amanda, Flagstaff County sees great value in continuing to offer these sessions not only to Flagstaff Crafted makers, but also to small businesses in the Flagstaff Region as well. These sessions with Amanda will be focused on supporting small businesses to increase their growth and reach their goals.

amanda wagnerTogether with business strategist Amanda Wagner, businesses will build their presence in the community (and beyond!). All of these things require focus, planning, and intentional work by participants.

As a business strategist, Amanda will provide support and resources for any challenges or opportunities, which may include some of the following topics:

  • Defining the type of experience businesses want to create for customers and retail partners.
  • Managing time and creating boundaries.
  • Helping with strategic direction and focusing operations.
  • Creating a value-driven business that serves your life.
  • Sharing your brand story as part of your sales strategy.
  • Branding, pricing, and strategic planning.

Each one-hour session is valued at $250 and available to you for only $40 + GST.

Click HERE to book your strategy session through Eventbrite today and watch your business grow!