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Financial support on the way for Alberta’s drought stricken livestock producers

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BOWDEN, AB – Alberta’s drought-stricken livestock producers will be eligible for millions of dollars in financial relief.

The province announced Friday that it’s making $136-million available under the AgriRecovery program and has asked the feds to provide an extra $204-million.

If approved, the total amount would be $340 million split 60-40 between the federal and provincial governments.

“We’re supporting our livestock sector during this drought. We secured a commitment from Ottawa to initiate an AgriRecovery program, and now we’re calling on them to fully cover their share of a $340-million program. Agriculture built Alberta and we will ensure our agriculture sector has a level playing field so it can continue to feed Alberta families, and families around the world.” – Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

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Funding would help provide financial support and immediate cash-flow for livestock producers and beekeepers to purchase feed, water and fencing.

It would provide an immediate payment of $94 per head to help cover feed and water access costs for breeding females across the province. Taking a receipt based approach, a second payment of $106 per head would be allocated later in the year for a total of $200 per head.

The government has also made some temporary changes to grazing and water regulations to open new sources of feed for livestock.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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