Programs Available to Mountain View County Producers:
Livestock Tax Deferral Provision
The Livestock Tax Deferral provision allows farmers who sell part of their breeding herd due to drought in prescribed drought regions to defer a portion of sale proceeds to the following year. Mountain View County is one of the regions included in the Livestock Tax Deferral program.
Click the following link for more information: Livestock Tax Deferral Provision
2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative
On August 6, 2021, the Government of Alberta announced an AgriRecovery response, the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative, to help address the extraordinary costs being incurred by Alberta’s livestock producers because of reduced grazing capacity caused by prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures.
The response provides support and cash flow for Alberta’s livestock producers and beekeepers to cover extraordinary expenses incurred to feed livestock. The federal government is currently evaluating the response.
AgriRecovery responses are cost-shared 60-40 between federal and provincial governments and are designed to cover extraordinary costs not covered by existing business risk management programs, such as those incurred due to extreme drought conditions or other natural disasters.
To learn more, and receive information on the program details click the following link: AgriRecovery
Putting Poor Crops to Good Use
On July 22, the Province of Alberta announced an adjustment to the crop insurance program, which includes doubling the low yield threshold. This adjustment allows producers to utilize drought-impacted crops for livestock feed and may help address the feed shortages anticipated by livestock producers. Producers who are thinking about selling their grain through an unlicensed grain buyer need to consider a variety of factors, especially if they have production insurance through AFSC.
Please consult the AFSC’s website for more information:
Rangeland Initiatives on Public Lands
Applications for temporary grazing or haying are available on vacant public lands. Alberta Environment and Parks will also permit grazers in the forest reserve to extend the time for grazing where there is sufficient forage to do so. Producers can call 310-FARM (3276) to be connected with a local agrologist and discuss options to support them during these tough drought conditions.
Click the following link for more information: Rangeland Initiatives
NRCB Provisions for Confined Feeding During Dry Conditions
The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) recognizes that due to the current very dry conditions and poor grass pastures, summer feeding of cow-calf herds may be required.
Under normal conditions, cow-calf confined feeding during the grazing period may be considered a confined feeding operation that requires a permit. However, due to the extenuating circumstances, the NRCB will not require producers to obtain permits, provided the following parameters are met:
- manure must be managed according to Agriculture Operation Practices Act requirements,
- areas used for cow-calf feeding must not pose a risk to surface water or groundwater quality,
- the cow-calf herd must return to grazing when grass is available in 2022, and
- the feeding area must return to its normal use.
If operators have any questions about confined feeding of cow-calf herds during the grazing season due to dry conditions, contact Kevin Seward, NRCB Manager of Compliance at 403-331-0637 or click the following link for more information:
For a nominal fee, a producer or group of producers can rent pipe and pumping equipment from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fill dugouts or other suitable catch basins from nearby water sources. Agricultural Water Specialists can also be contacted, if you require recommendations on constructing or maintaining a safe / secure water supply by phoning: 310-FARM (3276) or click the following link:
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has implemented a Streamlined Temporary Livestock Water Program (the program) to support livestock and poultry producers impacted by water shortage and severe drought conditions occurring in the province. The program puts producers that have an urgent need for water in direct contact with AEP staff who will assist in locating alternative sources of water for authorized use under the Water Act. Click the following link for more information:
Collecting Data is Important:
Farmers are encouraged to participate in the Agroclimate impact reporting to give direct feedback to their analysis. In some ways this reporting is more useful than a municipal agricultural disaster declaration because even though it is self reported data, individual producers can provide more detail on the impacts to their operation due to weather. To access the 5 minute survey please click the following link:
Maps and Tools:
Alberta Climate and Atlas Maps:
Links & Information:
AB Government page for Farming in Dry Conditions – maps and other resources
Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS)
AB Government page for Range Management during a drought
In the Media:
August 6, 2021 Government News: Support on the way for livestock producers