Agriculture Disasters Declared Due to Dry Conditions

There are now 32 of the 69 municipalities declaring Agriculture Disasters in Alberta, and Federal Livestock Tax Deferral program has been expanded to include most of the province. Links to the Disaster Declarations, Livestock Tax Deferral Program and other resources and announcements can be found on the “Agriculture Disaster Declarations 2021” page on the ASB website.

Agricultural Service Boards

Yesterday the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Honourable Marie-Claud Bibeau announced measures that the federal government is taking to support producers affected by the extreme weather. Included in the announcement was an early designation of the Livestock Tax Deferral provision for the prescribed drought regions.

So far the “prescribed drought regions” eligible for the Livestock Tax Deferral provision in Alberta include : Calgary, Foothills County, Rocky View County, Vulcan County and Willow Creek. In the mean time municipalities throughout Alberta are declaring Agriculture Disasters.

The Agriculture Service Board Provincial Committee (ASBPC) has developed a 2021 Agriculture Disaster page on the website. Included on the page is an updated the list of those municipalities who have declared Agriculture Disasters, and a list of resources for producers and municipalities affected by the dry conditions.

It is expected that more municipalities will end up on the Agriculture Disaster list over the…

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Accessing Public land for Emergency Hay, Grazing or Water

AB Environment and Parks Rangeland initiatives On Friday Aug 6, 2021 the Government of Alberta announced initiatives to support the livestock sector. $136 million is being made available by the province for their portion of the Agri-Recovery program, to be matched by the federal government once approved. Money received from the program can be used …

Dry Conditions Update

A summary of the Drought and Excessive Moisture Advisory Group (DEMAG) meeting on July 29, 2021 AFSC has received over 1700 pre-harvest claims this year, which is far more than normal at this point, and has inspected roughly 75% of those so far. AFSC's Agristability, crop insurance, and  forage/pasture insurance are the programs that are …

Agriculture Disasters Declared Due to Dry Conditions

Yesterday the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Honourable Marie-Claud Bibeau announced measures that the federal government is taking to support producers affected by the extreme weather. Included in the announcement was an early designation of the Livestock Tax Deferral provision for the prescribed drought regions. So far the "prescribed drought regions" eligible for the Livestock …

Progress on the Pesticide Container Program

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Opportunity to Participate in Provincial New Ag Policy Framework Discussions

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Feds Launch Next Agriculture Policy Framework Consultations

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