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Thursday , 16 September 2021

Municipal District of Bonnyville Council declares state of agricultural disaster

Following a recommendation from its Agricultural Services Board, Municipal District of Bonnyville Council officially declared a state of agricultural disaster at its meeting today.

Council recognizes the importance of agriculture in our community. After reviewing reports from staff that observed plant growth, moisture, forage, and weather conditions over a five-week period, it was determined — using the associated Rural Municipalities Association guidelines — that the M.D. is in a state of agricultural disaster.

This declaration acts as a trigger for financial aid programs for farmers and producers and raises awareness to higher levels of government of the severity of the situation, and the need to expedite assistance programs.

“It’s been an extremely dry year, and it affects not only crop growth, but grazing for cattle as well,” said Reeve Greg Sawchuk. “From east of Calgary to Manitoba, these drought conditions are widespread. In other years, when these conditions persisted, there’s been a feedsource, but now there’s not enough to go around.”

More information about recovery programs can be found online at md.bonnyville.ab.ca/123/Agriculture-Waste-Services.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!