DECEMBER 16, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greenview declares Agricultural Disaster
With more than 30 percent of cereal and oilseed crops and up to 40 percent of hay still on the fields, MD of Greenview Council voted to declare the municipality an agricultural disaster area at its regular meeting, Dec. 9.
Extreme weather ranging from excessive rain and unseasonably cool temperatures over the spring and summer and early frost and snowfall at harvest have resulted in equally severe impacts on producers.
Farmers who were able to harvest some of their crops despite poor conditions, now face the challenge of recouping costs with low-quality grain and the prospect of rutted fields when seeding begins in the spring. Livestock producers are also facing quality issues with critical hay stocks lacking the nutritional value needed to support their herds.
“With this declaration, we are acknowledging the hardships facing our farmers and livestock producers across Greenview,” said Reeve Dale Smith. “We hope this move also creates greater awareness with the public and all levels of government of the challenges confronting Alberta’s agricultural community. As key contributors to our local, provincial and federal economies, supporting our farmers and ranchers must now and always be a priority.”
Greenview is one of 15 Alberta municipalities having declared agricultural disaster status.
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