08/05/2015 19:15 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 01:12 EDT

Another Alberta county declares state of agriculture disaster due to drought

EDMONTON — Another county in Alberta has declared a state of agriculture disaster due to heat and drought.

Wetaskiwin county council voted unanimously Wednesday to make the designation.

Hay producers in the area are getting less of a hay crop and it has led to a shortage throughout the county and the province.

The county has also noticed a bigger than usual grasshopper population and producers are considering selling off livestock because they aren’t making enough money.

Several other counties have already declared states of agricultural disaster and are seeking government help for ruined crops.

Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier is scheduled to give an update Thursday on growing conditions in the province as well as government programs to assist producers.


The Canadian Press