Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Program
What is the Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Program (AESA) Program?
AESA is a provincially funded program that facilitates the continued development and adoption
of management practices and technologies that make agricultural production more
environmentally sustainable. This program is delivered locally across most regions of Alberta
where agriculture exists. The County of Two Hills' AESA program is being implemented by its
AESA Technologist Kristian Stephens. Through tours, workshops, articles, newsletters, and one
on one work (including farm calls), the program is focusing on educating producers about
environmentally sustainable agriculture practices in nutrient, pasture, grazing, riparian and
Why Should Agriculture be Pro-Active in Environmental Stewardship?
In order for farmers and ranchers to have continued success, they need to have soil, water,
and air to be all in good quality. In addition, to maintain the marketing advantage that comes
from producing agricultural products of excellent quality in a clean environment, the
agricultural industry needs to take every step to protect the environment. Several industry and
environmental organizations in Alberta agree a need exists to continue, improve and expand
these efforts to protect Alberta's precious environment. In fact, progress has been made in adopting environmental stewardship within Alberta's vast agricultural industry.
How can the County's AESA Technologist help Producers?
- Developing a manure/nutrient management plan
- Assessing the health of your pastures and riparian areas
- Completing your own Environmental Farm Plan
- Developing a rotational grazing plan