Star­land lob­bies for Live­stock Tax De­fer­ral Pro­gram

The Drumheller Mail - - AGRICULTURE & FARM - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Star­land County is hop­ing their ranch­ers will get some re­lief fol­low­ing a tough sea­son.

Ex­treme weather con­di­tions have taken their toll on ranch­ers and this year pro­duc­ers in pre­scribed ar­eas in Bri­tish Columbia, Al­berta, Saskatchewan, Man­i­toba, and Que­bec are el­i­gi­ble for the Live­stock Tax De­fer­ral Pro­vi­sion. Field­man Al Hamp­ton.

Hamp­ton said the County is lob­by­ing on be­half of the pro­duc­ers.

“So we have con­tacted Ag Canada and our MP. We have ex­pressed our con­cern that our guys are in the same po­si­tion as ev­ery­one else, why aren’t they get­ting the same type of pro­gram op­tion?” he said.

“We have pro­duc­ers who are lim­ited on feed sup­ply and lim­ited on pas­ture. I know of some that have ac­tu­ally culled some cat­tle al­ready to sell just be­cause they don’t have the feed sup­plies,” said Hamp­ton.

Star­land was in­cluded in the pro­gram in 2015 and 2017, but not in 2016. He says they are not the only ones who were af­fected by drought but did not make the list.

“It also stretches into the County of Stet­tler and Spe­cial Ar­eas. I have ac­tu­ally a per­son in Ottawa who is try­ing to fig­ure out the pro­gram pa­ram­e­ters, and have of­fered my in­put,” he said. “We have a few ar­eas in Star­land that are not in that bad of shape, but we have a big chunk of it that is. Drought doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily form bor­ders.”

Ac­cord­ing to Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada, the pre­lim­i­nary list is com­piled in the fall. Since for­age yield in­for­ma­tion is not fi­nal un­til later in the year typ­i­cally the fi­nal list is re­ported in De­cem­ber.

Star­land County is lob­by­ing to be in­cluded in the Live­stock Tax De­fer­ral Pro­gram for pro­duc­ers hit by dry con­di­tions.

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