DECLARATION OF MUNICIPAL AGRICULTURAL DISASTER
On June 25th, 2020 Smoky Lake County Council declared a Municipal Agricultural Disaster for Smoky Lake County. This declaration was made to call the attention of Provincial and Federal levels of Government regarding the financial strain that is burdening the agricultural community due the severe moisture conditions seen throughout the County, which is causing unseeded acres, inability to complete the 2019 harvest, loss of seeded acres, and flooded pastureland and hay crops. Municipal declarations do not automatically trigger access to provincial or federal funding, only Provincial declarations do, and Smoky Lake County Council will continue to advocate on behalf of its producers to bring awareness to the Province.
On July 29, 2020 Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland addressed a letter to Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, PC, MP, Minister of Agriculture bringing attention to the agricultural crisis in the Lakeland Region. Her letter supporting our producers can be found here.
On August 17, 2020 Smoky Lake County extended an invitation the Honourable Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agricultural and Forestry, to tour Smoky Lake County to gain a firsthand understanding the full impact of the devastating state of agriculture in our region. This letter can be viewed here.
A response was received from Honourable Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agricultural and Forestry on September 1, 2020. His response to the Municipal Agricultural Disaster in Smoky Lake County can be seen here.
Hay Permits on County Right-of-Way
Rural residents are able to fill out a Hay Permit from Smoky Lake County allowing the haying of County right-of-ways. This permit is valid from June 15th to August 1st and must be submitted before June 1st of each year.
This application is submitted with no charge from the county. Filling out this permit will allow the Agricultural Services Department to coordinate their mowing and spraying programs in such a way that it will ensure the landowner has ample opportunity to cut the county ditch adjacent to their land before mowing or spraying commences.
For more information please contact the Smoky Lake County Agricultural Department at (780) 656-3730. Forms may be obtained online from the Smoky Lake County website and emailed or faxed into (780)656-3768, or are available at the County Office.
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Agricultural Service Board
ASB contact and department information
Carleigh McMullin, Agricultural Fieldman
Amanda Shapka, Assistant Agricultural Fieldman