Council unanimously approves declaration
Council in Leduc County have declared a Municipal State of Agricultural Disaster.
County administration had recommended that council not make the declaration at Tuesday's meeting, but rather reconsider it at a meeting in early October.
“Leduc County council recognizes the issues that our local producers are facing, and the impact that these adverse conditions are having on their livelihoods," said Mayor Tanni Doblanko in a statement.
"By making this declaration, we want to draw attention to the issue and encourage other levels of government to provide support where possible,” says."
However, council unanimously voted to declare the Agricultural Disaster, based on the wet summer weather and its major impact on local ag producers.
The county says wet weather has made a big impact on the quality and quantity of harvested livestock feed, as well as been a major negative for those attempting to bale hay.
Numbers from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry show accumulated moisture reserves within the municipality went from very low on May 31 up to high as of September 10.
“Producers have contacted us to express concern and frustration with the ongoing field conditions,” said Director of Agricultural Services Garett Broadbent."
“Declaring an Agricultural State of Disaster is one way of showing our producers that we hear them, we are paying attention, and we will continue to advocate for our agricultural community.”
County staff prepared the report following a request at a meeting on September 9th.