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Resolution 12-17S

Support for a Disaster Recovery Program in Support of the Agriculture Sector

Date:
March 21, 2017
Expiry Date:
April 1, 2020
Active Status:
Active
Sponsors:
Brazeau County
Year:
2017
Convention:
Spring
Category:
Agriculture
Status:
Archived
Vote Results:
Defeated
Preamble:

WHEREAS many communities in Alberta have been most harmed by the rain and snow last spring which continued throughout the summer and fall of 2016; and

WHEREAS producers had not been able to harvest crops, resulting in significant financial hardship;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties urge the Government of Alberta to establish a disaster recovery program in support of the agriculture sector, which may include interest free loans, tax deferrals, acreage payment deferrals or freight subsidies, and assisting with grain contracts and crop insurance.

Member Background:

Extremely wet conditions this year, specifically, excessive and persistent precipitation that began in the spring and lasted into the fall has resulted in very low crop harvests across Brazeau County and many other counties across the province. This has translated into devastating losses and financial hardship for agriculture producers in Alberta.

A disaster recovery program to address this state of economic ruin, when agricultural producers and entire communities suffer, is still a pressing issue for Brazeau County producers.

RMA Background:

The AAMDC has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.

Provincial Ministries:
Agriculture and Forestry
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