Agricultural Service Board

The Agricultural Service Board (ASB) advises Council on how to best serve our rural communities. The ASB provides services and creates programs for our farmers. From giving pesticide recommendations to helping ranchers cover veterinary costs, our ASB is here to help.

ASBs are responsible for implementing and enforcing legislative requirements under the Agricultural Service Board Act, the Weed Control Act, the Agricultural Pests Act, the Soil Conservation Act, and to assist with the control of animal disease under the Animal Health Act. ASB’s work in their local communities to help manage weeds and pests, conserve soil and water, enhance and protect viable and sustainable agricultural practices, help with control of animal diseases, and develop municipal policies. Saddle Hills County’s ASB is unique in that there are 5 Members-At-Large, who sit on the Board who are active producers in the community .

The ASB also oversees inspections and research on pests, crop disease, and weeds in the County. Some of our research is in collaboration with the larger Peace region and the Province. We take pride in our farmers running safe and successful operations.

The ASB meets about 6-8 times a year. Two Councillors and five members-at-large sit as members on the ASB. ASB members also attend tours and educational conferences outside the County to stay informed on the industry. If you are interested in joining the ASB as a member-at-large, fill out our Member-at-Large Form.

The Province's Website is an incredible resource to learn more about ASBs.

Your ASB

Meet Your Saddle Hills County Agricultural Service Board

Image of Agricultural Service Board in Council Chambers

Left to Right: Member Jace Earl, Member Bruce Thomi, Member Serena Reber, Chair Adam Fitzpatrick, Vice-Chair Candace Dolen, Councillor Smith, Councillor Armagost.

Jace Earl

Jace grew up on his family farm on top of Blueberry Mountain raising cattle and oats. After completing his 4th Class Power Engineering at Grande Prairie Regional College, he spent the next 20 years supporting his farming habit with gas plant income. In the spring of 2020, he “retired” from the oil patch and began farming full time.

Bruce Thomi

Bruce grew up on a grain farm west of Woking in the Northmark area and has always shown interest in farming and the community. He attended Lakeland College in Vermillion and graduated with a Crop Technology Diploma as well as an Agri-Business Diploma. After college, he returned to the family farm where he farms today with his wife, three children and parents.

Serena Reber

Serena, along with her fiancé Mark, run a seed stock polled Hereford operation in Northmark. She has been involved in the cattle industry for over 30 years and has been a part of numerous cattle organizations such as 4-H, GP Beef Co-op and Feeder Associations, Peace Country Beef Congress, and the Peace River Hereford Club. She looks forward to working on the Agricultural Service Board and bringing a fresh perspective to benefit the County and the agriculture community as a whole.

Adam Fitzpatrick, ASB Chair

Adam grew up on a small farm in Bonanza. After graduating from high school, he went to work in the oilfield operating oil and gas wells. With his wife, Terri, he slowly started buying land and building a farm in 2005. They now farm with Terri’s family, calving 100 mixed beef cows in January and February and growing grains, oil seeds, and pulse crops. Adam still works full time in the oilfield, and he and Terri now have 3 children that they enjoy working with on the family farm.

Candace Dolen, ASB Vice-Chair

Candace and her husband Cody grain farm in the Fourth Creek Area. They have seven (potential) future farmers in their house, aged 1-15, so they also keep a few 4-H calves, chickens and goats around to keep the kids busy. Candace grew up in the Fourth Creek area, and is passionate about agriculture and how we can increase investment in value-added agriculture and food in our own community. 

ASB Reports, & Plans:

ASB Strategic Plan 2017-2019Image of ASB Strategic Plan

ASB Strategic Plan 2020-2024 

ASB Annual Report 2018

 ASB Annual Report 2019

ASB Agendas and Minutes

Agricultural Service Board Agendas

Agricultural Service Boards Minutes