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August 6, 2021 Checking in with ABP

ABP welcomes government aid to combat drought

The Government of Alberta has committed to providing an immediate $136 million for Alberta’s livestock producers to purchase feed and water, and cover fencing costs. This much needed assistance will support farmers and ranchers through the devastating drought in Alberta.

“Alberta Beef Producers has worked closely with the Government of Alberta to deliver on the needs of farmers and ranchers through this agricultural disaster. We appreciate the immediate response and swift action to provide aid to Alberta’s beef industry.”

Dr. Melanie Wowk, Chair, Alberta Beef Producers

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is committing to an initial $94 per head payment, with an additional $106 per head payment to be made available through the federal portion of AgriRecovery funding, if approved. 

In addition, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has outlined the following programs:

  • Applications can be made from existing grazing disposition holders, including leases, licences, and permits, with additional grazing capacity to allow livestock from producers who are in need of additional feed.
  • Applications for temporary grazing or haying will be accepted on vacant public lands.
  • Permitting grazers will be eligible to extend time in the forest reserve where there is sufficient forage. 

AEP will also create a temporary program to allow the quick provision of water to livestock producers in drought areas. Beginning August 9, 2021, livestock producers can contact AEP for priority service to secure water for animals. Environment and Parks agrologists are also available to meet with producers and to provide region-specific information about available support and best management practices.

“We would like to thank Ministers Dreeshen and Nixon for working together to find solutions for Alberta farmers and ranchers. Financial support and alternative options to access feed and water will give many struggling producers a fighting chance to make it through this drought.”

Brad Dubeau, General Manager, Alberta Beef Producers

Supporting the Alberta cow herd does more than aid over 18,000 producers — it conserves nearly 26 million acres of grasslands that are home to an unmeasurable number of wildlife and endangered species. Alberta’s cattle industry also contributes $4 billion to the provincial economy and over 50,000 jobs.

For all media inquiries, please contact:

Katelyn Laverdure
Phone:
 403.451.1176
Email: katelynl@albertabeef.org

Government of Alberta Press Release: Support on the way for livestock producers

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