Declarations by Region:
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Resources for municipalities and their producers:
AB Government page for Farming in Dry Conditions – maps and other resources,
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.
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.
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.
In the Media:
- July 22, 2021 News release: Government of Canada taking action to support farmers facing extreme weather
- Aug 3, 2021 News release by AB Government: Supporting ranchers through hot Alberta Summer
- Aug 6, 2021 News release by AB Government: Support on the way for livestock producers
- Drought-affected producers can start preparing for CALFA applications
- **Sept 7, 2021 $340 million for Alberta ranchers due to drought. **