NEWS

Marking Equipment

Farming and Cattle operations have a lot of equipment, therefore it maybe worthwhile marking every piece of equipment, however time consuming it may be. We all agree that equipment should be marked in some fashion as extra identification. Remember the thieves are looking for the serial numbers and obvious other identification marks.

The planned marking of your equipment can be as slow or fast as you want, but start with your most valued items. Pick a mark, a number or word that will have significance only to you. Then place it, permanently, in hidden spots on the equipment. The bigger the equipment the more hidden spots.  We hope you don’t become a victim of this type of theft, but if you have made a mark or other identification in a hidden place that could be(and it has been) the difference in getting your equipment back. The more information you can give the police the better. Help yourself protect your equipment.

Provincial Farm Energy Agri-Processing and On-Farm Solar PV Programs Are Now Open

Program Description:

The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments.  The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraint, to Applicants who incorporate high efficiency equipment that is identified in the applicable Funding List in their construction and/or retrofitting projects.

Key Messages:

  • This program is RETROACTIVE to April 2016.
    • Applicants with eligible receipts dated April 2016 and later can apply.
    • Retroactive projects are subject to current eligibility criteria.
  • 50% cost share on most items. See Funding List for full details.
  • $250,000 maximum grant per Applicant per year
  • Funding Timeline is from now to Feb 2020
  • An EFP is NOT a prerequisite for this funding
  • Applications will be processed in a first complete, first served basis.
    • Incomplete applications will not secure a spot in line.
  • Once applications have been approved, producers can watch for emails from the grant management system: "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." They will get notifications from this email address as their application moves through the steps.

For More Information:

Visit  www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap

Coal Worker Transition Support Program Updates

Your government has the backs of coal workers and we will stand with you throughout this transition to ensure workers land on their feet. We are committed to ensuring coal workers get the supports they need for themselves and their families.

The coal-worker support webpage has been updated with new information.

What’s new?

  • Application forms for bridge to retirement, bridge to re-employment and for relocation assistance are now available. Click here for details.
  • Program guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher have now been posted. Click here for details.
  • Workers who were continuously employed for at least one year and have received a layoff notice effective Jan 2, 2018 or later can now apply for all coal worker supports.

Get more information

Please visit www.alberta.ca/coal-workers  to review and download the eligibility requirements, application guidelines and application forms prior to submitting your application.

This webpage is your key source of information on government supports for affected coal workers. Please check the webpage regularly for the most up-to-date information.

2018 Shelterbelt Program

Order forms are available here or at the County Office. Orders will be accepted until May 4th at 4:00pm. Completed applications can be returned to the County Office or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please do not include payment with your order. By ordering through the County, yours will be placed as part of a “group order”, so depending on number of trees ordered and species, discount pricing could be available. For example, if only 10 Colorado Spruce are ordered, the price could be $1.99/tree, but if 180 or more are ordered, the price could be $0.99/tree. PRICES LISTED ON TREETIME’S WEBSITE ARE NOT GUARENTEED PRICING IF ORDERED THROUGH THE COUNTY!

Eligible orders include farms, acreages, commercial enterprises, municipalities, golf courses, resort areas, woodlots and urban landowners. Construction of a shelterbelt is not necessary to place an order.

A tree planter and two staff will be provided free of charge to orders over 200 (no exceptions). The landowner will have to provide a tractor (60 horsepower minimum) with Pioneer hydraulics.

Tree species and information can be found at www.treetime.ca or contact Trevor Kerr, Asst. Agricultural Fieldman at (403)882-3211 or (403)740-9182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fire Ban - Lifted

Effective Wednesday November 1, 2017 12:00pm the Fire ban in the County of Paintearth has been lifted.
This means that fire permits will be issued. The use of approved incinerators, campfires, burning barrels and fires for cooking and warmth are now allowed.

We do ask that you continue to take care when burning.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Peace officer, Calm Fitz-Gerald at 403.740.2997.
For fire permits please contact the County Administration office 403.882.3211.

Tarolyn Aaserud, CLGM
Chief Administrative Officer