Council Declares Municipal Agricultural Disaster

Council Declares Municipal Agricultural Disaster
Posted on 11/07/2019
Saddle Hills County Council declared a Municipal Agricultural Disaster at the November 5th, 2019 Council Meeting.

In 2019, Saddle Hills County agricultural producers in all sectors faced a year of continuing challenges, culminating in a very wet fall and early snow causing much of the County to remain unharvested. Saddle Hills County Council realizes the hard work and significant financial commitments producers make to grow and thrive in their communities. Through their declaration of a Municipal Agricultural Disaster, Council acknowledges producers and their significant hardships of 2019 by a motion that states:

“That with the difficult conditions that agricultural producers faced in 2019, Saddle Hills County declares a municipal agricultural disaster”.

According to “A Guide for Declaring Municipal Agricultural Disasters in Alberta” the declaration of an agricultural disaster does not open up funding or allow for special relief or income/tax deferral programming. Rather, it is a gateway to lobby the Provincial and Federal Governments to assist producers through this type of programming. However, the declaration displays Councils unwavering support for Saddle Hills County agricultural producers.