Brazeau County, in South Central Alberta has declared an agricultural state of emergency in hopes of getting disaster assistance from the province.
The state of emergency was created by hail during the summer and an early season snowfall, putting a frosty end to harvest.
Minister of Municipal Affairs Danielle Larivee said there would be disaster relief programs available to help farmers who in some cases have 80% of their crops still in the field.
Fantastic. But that’s a one time fix.
This harvest hit in the pocket book for farmers is being made worse by NDP and Liberal policies. The NDP, no matter how much they carbon tax us, they just can't control the weather. But they can control how much more expensive they’re making the business of farming.
But I’m not hopeful. If 200,000 unemployed Albertans aren’t enough to get the NDP to back off on their ideological agenda, then an agricultural disaster never will be.