Alberta announces support for farmers, ranchers

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in province climbs over 6,000

The government of Alberta is launching a program to support farmers and ranchers.

Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement during the provincial government’s daily news conference Thursday afternoon.

The program, Fed Cattle Set-Aside, will allow producers to hold on to cattle on a maintenance feed ratio for up to nine weeks, helping the supply of cattle to more evenly match demand, said Kenney.

“It is vitally important to both the Albertan and Canadian economies to protect this industry from the impact of the (COVID-19) crisis,” Kenney said, adding 400,000 cattle are currently backed up in feedlots.

Producers will be compensated “for extraordinary costs” related to market-ready cattle being held back right now, Kenney said.

Alberta will contribute up to $17 million through the Agri-Recovery program, which is a joint venture between the federal government and the provinces. An automatic 60-40 funding split is enacted when a disaster hits the agriculture sector.

“The specific amount needs to be negotiated with the federal government, but we estimate the total cost of this set-aside program will be in the range of $42 million,” said Kenney.

The livestock industry has been affected by the impaired operations of meat-packing and food-processing plants across the country, he added.

The government confirmed 54 new COVID-19 cases in the province Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 6,017 – 3,809 of which have recovered.

Red Deer County has two new confirmed cases, bringing the total to four active and 11 recovered. The city of Red Deer still has four active and 32 recovered cases.

Two more deaths were confirmed by the government as well – the total death toll is now 114. These two new deaths were not located within the central zone.

Many other central Alberta communities have seen no change in COVID-19 statistics when compared to Wednesday.

The City of Lacombe has two recovered cases and Lacombe County has three recovered cases. Ponoka County has two recovered cases, Clearwater County has one active and two recovered cases and Stettler County has three recovered cases.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Heartland Youth Centre has named the winners in this year’s fundraising raffle

Nan Gardner has won the grand prize of the 2020 GMC Terrain

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

Town of Stettler sports fields close for improvements

The Turf Revitalization Plan has been expedited from the initial five-year strategy

Still no confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer, central zone

There are 15 new confirmed cases were in Alberta, the province said Thursday

It’s back to business at Stettler’s Superfluity

This year also marks organization’s 40th anniversary

PODCAST: Black Lives Matter in central Alberta

Community organizers come on the show to discuss central Albertan anti-racist movement

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill

Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara faces assault, break and enter, harassment charges

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara faces assault, break and enter, harassment charges

Black Canadians say racism here is just as harmful as in the United States

Black Canadians say racism here is just as harmful as in the United States

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

Most Read