Council seeks to raise awareness with Provincial and Federal governments
Sangudo, Alberta, Thursday, October 11, 2018 – In response to a dire feed shortage amongst local livestock producers – coupled with a significant inventory of immature, unharvested crop remaining in field – County Council has declared a State of Agricultural Disaster within Lac Ste. Anne County. This declaration was executed at the recommendation of the Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Service Board.
Local livestock producers are on the cusp of some tough decisions. A province-wide shortage of hay and feed has driven prices skyward. Producers may be forced to significantly cull herds due to this limited access to feed.
The Alberta Agriculture and Forestry/Agriculture Financial Services Corporation Crop Reporting Survey indicates that as of October 2, 2018, just 15.7% of crops within the Lac Ste. Anne County region have been combined – compared to a five-year average of 62.7% at this same time.
The anomalous snowfall experienced in September of this year has harvest operations at a standstill. Little to no progress is expected without a significant turn in the weather. In addition, the prolonged stretches of cold have done severe damage to the quality of the crop that remains out. Producers who have managed to harvest have done so in limited quantities and at moisture levels not suitable to facilitate sale or long-term storage.
County Council has made this declaration of Agricultural Disaster with the intent to encourage the Provincial and Federal Governments to initiate the programing necessary to assist our agricultural producers.
For additional information, concerned parties are encouraged to contact Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services Manager Aren Skogstad at 780.785.3411 (toll-free 866.880.5722).