Agriculture Service Board
Under the direction of a local Agricultural Service Board, the County is tasked with the enforcement of various agricultural Provincial Acts & Regulations. The Government of Alberta provides funding assistance for County programs. Members of the Agricultural Service Board and the Agricultural Fieldmen, who coordinates the ASB, routinely lobby Ministers and other representatives of the Province to effect sustainable change in the agricultural industry through annual resolutions, meetings, and other means.
ASBs are made up of a cross-section of members-at-large (local agricultural producers or those interested in agriculture) and several County Councillors. Effective January 1, 2020, Big Lakes County Agricultural Service Board is comprised of three (3) Councillors and four (4) members-at-large who meet bi-monthly to discuss agricultural issues/ initiatives and county agricultural programs. In addition to these meetings, Council receives routine reports and recommendations from the Agricultural Fieldman within scheduled Council meetings.