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Declaration of a State of Agricultural Disaster RSN# 476/21

Posted: 7/9/2021




                                                                                    DATE: July 5, 2021


                                                                        RESOLUTION NO: __476



MOVED BY COUNCILLOR: __________Jim Scharf________________________


SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR:________Kent Kostyshyn___________________



WHEREAS the majority of the Rural Municipality of Coldwell has received insufficient rainfall to allow for crops, hay land and pasture land to grow, therefore our municipality is experiencing a severe drought situation;

AND WHEREAS the recent manifestation of grasshopper population has resulted in severe crop and vegetation damage;

AND WHEREAS agriculture is the main industry within our municipality and this drought and grasshopper destruction is devastating to our entire community;

 AND WHEREAS there is a definite severe shortage of feed in our area and the grazing situation is becoming critical;

AND WHEREAS farmers are incurring unplanned expenses to drill additional wells to provide water to their animals because the dugouts have dried up;

AND WHEREAS it will be very expensive for our farmers to purchase feed, hay or straw from other areas including the high cost of freight;

AND WHEREAS farmers are being forced to sell their livestock because of the high cost of providing feed or complete inability to do such;

 THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Council hereby declare a State of Agricultural Disaster within the RM of Coldwell.

AND FURTER BE IT RESOLVED that Council requests immediate assistance from the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba, Department of Agriculture to provide support and Ag Recovery to our farmers for tax deferrals, feed shortages, freight assistance and compensation for additional wells being drilled


            Carried/Defeated                                            ____________V. Johnson__________

                                                                                    Chairman Virgil Johnson