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Hot summer impacting Alberta ranchers, government looking at supports

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CALGARY, AB – Provincial resources are being put together to help Alberta ranchers suffering through this hot, dry summer.

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshan says the government is working with industry to identify the most pressing concerns right now and making sure ranchers have the supports they need.

The province, especially southern Alberta has been hit hard by what has been an extreme drought year with next to no rainfall, very hot weather for weeks, and in some cases insect infestations.

Some farmers have reported complete crop loss, with Vulcan County declaring a municipal agriculture disaster back in July.

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The ongoing hot weather has placed additional stress on growing crops and water supply in some areas. Livestock owners depend on both for their animals and without, some ranchers could face difficult decisions when it comes to sourcing food, getting water, and selling off herds.

The provincial government says large parts of Alberta are experiencing 365 day moisture deficits that happen less than once in 50 years. That, coupled with below average rainfall this growing season, very hot temperatures and at time high wind, has led to a lack of total moisture across many agriculture regions.

Alberta is also requesting the federal government undertake a formal assessment for an AgriRecovery response.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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