Agriculture Disaster Declarations 2021

Declarations by Region:

Southern RegionCypress County
Foothills County
Special Areas No. 2 – pdf
Special Areas No. 3 – web link
Special Areas No. 4
Vulcan County
MD of Acadia
Wheatland County
MD Willow Creek
County of Newell
MD Taber
Central RegionCounty of Paintearth
Rocky View County
County of Stettler
Kneehill County
Starland County
North East RegionBeaver County
County of Two Hills
MD of Wainwright
County of St Paul
Lac La Biche County
Smoky Lake County
County of Minburn
MD Bonnyville
North West RegionBrazeau County
Lac St. Anne County
Sturgeon County
Yellowhead County
Athabasca County
Westlock County
MD Lesser Slave River
Woodlands County**
Peace RegionGrand Prairie County
MD Fairview
MD Greenview
MD Smoky River
County of Northern Lights
MD Peace
Clear Hills County
Birch Hills County
Northern Sunrise County
Big Lakes County
Saddle Hills County
Updated Sept 23, 2021 11:21 am

** just added

Resources for municipalities and their producers:

AAFC 2021 Dry Conditions insurance info page.

Guide for Declaring Municipal Agriculture Disasters in Alberta – RMA

AB Government page for Farming in Dry Conditions – maps and other resources,

Water Pumping Program

Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS)

Livestock Tax Deferral Provision: The Livestock Tax Deferral provision allows farmers who sell part of their breeding herd due to drought or flooding in prescribed drought or flood regions to defer a portion of sale proceeds to the following year. When prescribed regions are identified, the list is announced publicly and posted to this web page.

2021 Livestock Tax Deferral – Prescribed Regions ****EXPANDED****

On July 22, the Province of Alberta announced an adjustment to the crop insurance program, which includes doubling the low yield threshold. This adjustment allows producers to utilize drought-impacted crops for livestock feed and may help address the feed shortages anticipated by livestock producers.

Alberta Moisture Situation Updates

Impacts of drought on crop quality indicators – Statistics Canada

NRCB provisions for confined feeding during dry conditions

The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) recognizes that due to the current very dry conditions and poor grass pastures, summer feeding of cow-calf herds may be required.

Under normal conditions, cow-calf confined feeding during the grazing period may be considered a confined feeding operation that requires a permit. However, due to the extenuating circumstances, the NRCB will not require producers to obtain permits, provided the following parameters are met:

  • manure must be managed according to Agriculture Operation Practices Act requirements,
  • areas used for cow-calf feeding must not pose a risk to surface water or groundwater quality,
  • the cow-calf herd must return to grazing when grass is available in 2022, and
  • the feeding area must return to its normal use.

If operators have any questions about confined feeding of cow-calf herds during the grazing season due to dry conditions, contact Kevin Seward, NRCB Manager of Compliance at 403-331-0637.

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