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County declares state of agricultural disaster due to excessive precipitation

Post Date:11/29/2019 10:05 AM

Lac La Biche County has declared a state of agricultural disaster in the municipality, due to excessive precipitation.

The County joins several other northern Alberta municipalities that have taken the same action, because high moisture levels have affected crop growth, harvesting and yield quality. In the month of October alone, Lac La Biche County received almost 75 per cent more precipitation than the average for that month since 1961.

At a Regular Council Meeting on November 26, County Council voted unanimously in favour of declaring a state of agricultural disaster. This means Council officially recognizes the challenges that local agricultural producers are facing. It also brings attention to the issue, and signals to the provincial and federal governments that assistance and relief programs for producers may be needed.

County Administration is notifying higher levels of government and stakeholder organizations to inform them of the situation.

If producers or other residents have questions, they should contact the County's Environmental Services department by calling (780) 623-6739 or emailing agriculture@laclabichecounty.com.