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Alberta Drought 2015: Manitoba Farmer Donates 100 Hay Bales

08/07/2015 03:26 EDT | Updated 08/07/2015 03:59 EDT
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DAUPHIN, Man. — A Manitoba farmer is donating 100 hay bales to Alberta farmers hurt by drought.

Jurgen Kohler says that after hearing about Alberta counties declaring states of agriculture disaster, he and his wife decided to donate their surplus hay bales to small farms within the drought-stricken areas.

He says that he wants to help the small farms that are in the most need.

Kohler says by donating the hay, one family was able to keep their kids in 4-H to continue showing their cattle.

Kohler says he got help from EMF Nutrition, Rosenau Transport, and Goodon Industries.

They brought the first three loads of hay bales to Alberta.

A total of 17 municipalities in Alberta have declared local states of agricultural emergency and are asking the province for help.

The provincial government has responded by cutting rental fees in half for a program that helps farmers pump water to fill their dams and dugouts.

The province is also working with municipalities to identify additional public lands for grazing to help producers feed their livestock.

Saskatchewan announced a similar measure last month to help its producers.

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