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Agricultural disaster status expected to be declared

The Yellowhead County Agricultural Services Board was expected to declare an agricultural emergency at its Sept. 18 meeting.
 
County council discussed the possibility during the Governance and Priorities committee meeting on Sept. 17.
 
Peers-Rosevear-Shiningbank area Coun. David Russell and Wildwood area Coun. Anthony Giezen, council members of the ag services board weighed in on the situation.
 
“Moisture is severely high,” noted Giezen.
 
“Some of the phone calls I’ve had are heartbreaking,” Russell said.
 
If the ag services board declares an agricultural disaster, county council would then officially declare one. The declaration could take place at the Sept. 24 regular meeting of council. This would allow local producers to be compensated for their losses.
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