Leduc County declares Municipal State of Agricultural Disaster

Leduc County council declared a Municipal State of Agricultural Disaster at its regular council yesterday afternoon, in response to excessive moisture and weather conditions negatively impacting local producers.

“Leduc County council recognizes the issues that our local producers are facing, and the impact that these adverse conditions are having on their livelihoods. By making this declaration, we want to draw attention to the issue and encourage other levels of government to provide support where possible,” says Mayor Tanni Doblanko.

Near-daily rainfall throughout the growing season has made haying extremely difficult, and many producers will not have the quality or quantity of hay needed by the end of the season. The cool, wet weather has also been a significant challenge for annual crops; crop immaturity and wet fields have delayed harvest, leaving most major crops unharvested at this time.

“Producers have contacted us to express concern and frustration with the ongoing field conditions,” says Garett Broadbent, director of agricultural services. “Declaring a Municipal State of Agricultural 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.”

A Municipal State of Agricultural Disaster can bring awareness to residents, industry, and provincial and federal governments, and facilitate collaboration with impacted groups.