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Photo: Gene Hrabec Acting ASB Chair, Zone 5 Chair (RMA) and NE Regional Alternate, Tara Kuzio Zone 5 Vice Chair (RMA), and Kevin Wirsta District 5 RMA Representative at Metis Crossing Interpretive Centre.
Photo: Gene Hrabec Acting ASB Chair, Zone 5 Chair (RMA) and NE Regional Alternate, Tara Kuzio Zone 5 Vice Chair (RMA), and Kevin Wirsta District 5 RMA Representative at Metis Crossing Interpretive Centre.

On Friday, October 20, 2023, members of Beaver County’s Agricultural Service Board attended the Northeast Regional Agricultural Service Board Conference at the Metis Crossing in Smoky Lake County. Acting Chairman Gene Hrabec along with ASB Board Members Councillor Bruce, Councillor Pederson, Public-at-Large Member Bernie Klammer, and Agricultural Fieldman, Jonny Culbert attended the event together with counterparts from 11 other municipal ASBs.

During the event, Chairman Hrabec was elected as the alternate Rep for the Northeast Regional Agricultural Service Board. Duties of the position include representing and advocating for the Ag Service Boards as well as the extension programs and research, with Agriculture and Irrigation Minister R.J. Sigurdson. Topics discussed at the conference covered numerous agricultural areas including updates to the Provincial ASB programs, stakeholder updates from LARA (Lakeland Agricultural Research Association), akin to the Battle River Research Group that provides extension research in the Beaver County area, and various presentations relating to the challenges and state of the agricultural industry.

Additionally, during the Conference, Beaver County’s Acting ASB Chairman, Gene Hrabec, presented Beaver County’s ASB resolution "Improving the Sustainability of Canadian Apiculture Through Bee Package Imports and the Control of Varroa Mites". The resolution passed with no opposition and will be presented at the Provincial Agricultural Service Board Conference in January. Beaver County and its Ag Service Board promotes Ag Business from all levels, including farm based, Industrial and most importantly the producers.