Lamont County Notice Board

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Lamont County, please be advised that as of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, all Lamont County offices will close their doors and be available to the public through pre-booked appointment only. If you would like to book an appointment, please contact our office at 780-895-2233.

Pest Control Programs

Clubroot

Clubroot Policy 6056 is intended to prevent the establishment and spread of Clubroot within the boundaries of Lamont County. Random field inspections will be conducted by the inspectors appointed by the Agriculture Service Board. A minimum of 25 fields will be inspected where Canola, Mustard and Cole crops are currently being grown. Testing methods will exactly follow standard protocols provided by the Alberta Clubroot Management Committee. Landowners will be notified in writing if their land tests positive for Clubroot.

To learn where Clubroot was found in Lamont County in the past year, download the 2020 Clubroot Map.

Please be aware that if you live in an area that has been tested as negative, or if you yourself have been tested as negative for clubroot, you are NOT guaranteed to be free of clubroot.

It is imperative that you continue to practice clubroot protocols in order to restrict its spread. If you have any questions on what this entails, or questions on clubroot in the County, please contact the Agricultural Services Department.

To learn more about clubroot, as well as methods of prevention and management of the disease, please go to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development or the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan. Please forward any questions or concerns to the Lamont County Agriculture Service Board Department at 780-895-2585.

Gopher Control

Damage caused by Richardson’s ground squirrels ranges from an occasional headache for some to a significant loss of crop production to others. The most common types of ground squirrel damage are crop loss through direct consumption and reduced production due to plant injury and trampling. In addition, downtime and repair costs due to damage to hay binds as well as physical injury to livestock with ground squirrel burrows and those of badgers are also major concerns.

Rural residents in Lamont County are able to purchase 2% strychnine products to aid them in controlling gophers directly from the ASB office at an affordable cost.

 

ATTENTION: Strychnine Sales End March 2021

Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada is cancelling the registration of all strychnine products used to control Richardson ground squirrels, due to environmental risks.

On March 4, 2020, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published the final re-evaluation decision on strychnine used to control Richardson’s ground squirrels. To comply with the re-evaluation decision, the registration of 2% Liquid Strychnine is cancelled and is subject to the following phase out timelines:

  • Last date of sale by Registrant is March 4, 2021
  • Last date of sale by Retailer is March 4, 2022
  • Last date of permitted use by the User is March 4, 2023

Continued possession and/or use of the product after March 4, 2023 is a violation of the Pest Control Products Act. For more information on the regulation of pesticides, please contact PMRA at hc.pmra.info-arla.sc@canada.ca or 1-800-267-6315.

 

Please Note: Due to the Agricultural Services office being closed to the public, the following protocol for strychnine sales has been put in place:

1) Customers MUST call to book an appointment to pick up 2% Strychnine.
2) Waiver form paperwork needs to be completed prior to pick up. Download the Order Form

Paperwork can be done onsite; you must have the following information:

  • Mailing Address
  • Farm Size
  • Home Quarter Legal Land Location
  • Infestation Legal Land Location (if different from Home Quarter)
  • MUST KNOW: number of estimated areas to be treated; Crop, Forage, Pasture in acres
  • How many Bottles are required (1 Tablespoon per gopher hole.

3) Forms can be emailed to bonnie.c@lamontcounty.ca or faxed to 780-895-2892.
4) Payment is by CHEQUE only! Made out to Lamont County.
5) Strychnine will be set out by the Agricultural Fieldman once proper identification is given.

The FINAL decision to release product is at the discretion of the Agricultural Services Department.

If you have any questions, please call the ASB office at 780-895-2585 (Toll Free 1-866-895-2547).

Predation Control

Coyotes cause over 75% of the predation losses of livestock in Alberta. Livestock producers can prevent or reduce coyote predation with fencing, good herd management, guardian animals, frightening devices and various lethal control methods. Lamont County ASB provides valuable information on coyote control strategies and also dispenses 1080 coyote control tablets through the ASB office. More information on pest control is also available on the Alberta Agriculture and Food website.

Private Control Services

The Coyote Crew – Ed Whitelock, Rick Potts, Dave Oakie, and crew

We use predator calls and attempt to solve local problems rather than perform a general area coyote reduction hunt. Our hunting is generally in the winter where we use the sale of the hides to cover our costs, thus no request for payment from the landowners, only permission to hunt on their land and possibly adjacent landowners. Our activities extend to summer months to help with rodent (gopher) infestations.

Should you feel we could be of some assistance to your municipality or Lamont County landowners, you/they may contact Ed Whitelock at 780-922-3880 h, 780-977-3880 cell,or Rick Potts at 780-922-4117 h 780-405-3564 cell. Should you require further information or contacts, we have a list of all our members available.

 

Grasshopper Control

Grasshopper numbers vary from year to year. When grasshopper numbers are low, damage is minimal. When numbers are high, damage can be significant and producers should consider management options.

Lamont County offers compensation to producers treating their fields for grasshoppers. Detailed information can be found in our Grasshopper Control Policy (6041).

 

Beaver Control

In Alberta, beaver problems occur wherever there are trees and water. In these areas, beaver cause problems by flooding cultivated land, hay fields, pasture land, roadways and often detour or restrict water flow in stream ways.

Lamont County conducts beaver control to protect County infrastructure. Information for beaver control on private land on behalf of the County can be found in the Beaver Dam Flood Control Policy (6070).

Beaver Control FAQ

 

1. Why are beaver traps in place?

Beaver traps have been put out to alleviate the population of beavers that causes dams to be built in watercourses and ultimately has adverse effect on our infrastructure.

2. How many (roughly) are out there?

There are roughly 40 traps placed through the county in areas where we are having water problems and the dams need to be removed. To be efficient we won’t remove a dam without removing or depopulating the beavers or they have and will rebuilt quite quickly.

3. Where are the traps located?

On County right-of-ways and landowner property where water is flow has been impeded.

4. Under what authority does Lamont County trap beavers?

We have been granted a damage control licence by Fish and wildlife and are responsible for all traps.

5. Are traps dangerous?

Traps can be very dangerous if tampered with. We caution people to exercise caution around traps. Tampering with traps is not something to take lightly. People and animals can get hurt or killed if tampering is done.

6. What is the fine for tampering with traps?

Wildlife Act - section 47(1) states: A person shall not interfere with the lawful hunting of wildlife by another person, or with any lawful activity preparatory to such hunting, with the intention of preventing or impeding the hunting or the continuation of the hunting.

Under the Wildlife Act, a person convicted for this offence is liable to a fine of not more than $50 000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or both. Unauthorized removal of traps could also fall under the criminal code as theft or public mischief.

Note: Trapping is included under the definition of hunting.

Additional Pest Control

There are additional pest control policies for pests such as Fusarium (Policy 6055) and Blackleg (Policy 6053). For more information on Fusarium read Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's Alberta Fusarium Graminearum Management Plan and watch the following video: