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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Municipal agriculture disaster declared in Vulcan County

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VULCAN COUNTY, AB – The drought situation has gotten so bad north of here that Vulcan County has declared a municipal agriculture disaster.

County Council has sent off a letter to Alberta Agriculture Minister, Devin Dreeshan, saying that extreme dry conditions have impacted between 50% and 90% of cereal and oilseed crops in the Vulcan region.

Hay, pasture, and range yields have also been hit hard by a serious lack of moisture, long periods of summer heat, and wind.

Reeve Jason Schneider says Vulcan County is asking the Alberta government to consider declaring a provincial state of agriculture disaster. “We would appreciate your attention to the severity this drought has caused Vulcan County, and the economic impact this will have on our agricultural community,” says Schneider in his letter to Alebrta’s Ag Minister.

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Some dryland farmers across southern Alberta are reporting complete crop failure. Many areas have reported just a fraction of what would be normal precipitation for the past several months.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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