Alberta counties declare agricultural disaster
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.