Al­berta coun­ties de­clare agri­cul­tural dis­as­ter

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

CAL­GARY — From drought to grasshop­pers, it’s been a tough year for Al­berta farm­ers, with some coun­ties declar­ing states of agri­cul­tural dis­as­ter. “We are just in­cred­i­bly dry, dryer than we have been in ap­prox­i­mately 50 years,” said Garett Broadbent, Le­duc County’s di­rec­tor of agri­cul­tural ser­vices. The county has called a spe­cial meet­ing for July 21 to de­clare a state of agri­cul­tural dis­as­ter. Two other coun­ties — Park­land and Macken­zie — have al­ready done so,. “From pretty much seed­ing, we haven’t had any sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall,” said Broadbent. “Our mu­nic­i­pal­ity wants to bring aware­ness to this at the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral lev­els.” Large swaths of Al­berta have ex­pe­ri­enced low rain­fall since April, with many ar­eas re­ceiv­ing well un­der 40 per cent of nor­mal pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

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