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Local Agriculture Emergency Declared Due to Drought


Pursuant to Section 20 of The Emergency Planning Act, the Council of the RM of Excelsior No. 166 has declared a local state of emergency in which an agriculture disaster exists due to severe drought conditions.

August 9, 2021


At their Council meeting held on August 9, 2021 the Council for the RM of Excelsior declared a Local State of Emergency for the entire RM in which an agriculture disaster exists due to severe drought conditions.  The RM is calling on the various levels of government to provide disaster relief to farmers and ranchers experiencing drought.

“Pastures where there may have been grass for grazing are now brown due to the heat this summer as well as the lack of moisture over the last few years.  Many ranchers are being forced to feed their cattle now which is considerably earlier than on an average year.  Several ranchers do not have sufficient feed for the winter and the cost of purchasing and trucking feed has increased drastically and is too expensive for many” stated Reeve Harold Martens.  Martens went on to say that ranchers are being forced to have to make decisions about cattle being brought to market to sell.  Cattle prices are low because of the number of cattle being sold and they will likely only decrease even more in the future as additional cattle are brought to market.

“Farmers with grain crops are also experiencing negative impacts due to the heat and the lack of moisture” said Martens.  Farmers entered 2021 with less moisture reserves and have experienced very little rainfall.  Crops have not germinated well, if at all.  Growth where it did germinate has been substantially stunted.  Crop conditions have deteriorated significantly and yields are extremely low.

“Our farmers and ranchers are in need of financial assistance to get through this.  We as an RM have taken a local lead in assisting by passing a motion to rebate 20% of the municipal agriculture taxes.  We are demanding both the provincial and federal governments come alongside and assist in this disaster as well” Martens explained.

Expansion of SaskPower Farmyard Line Relocation Program

Working underneath overhead power lines in farmyards can be inconvenient and risky. SaskPower is expanding their Farmyard Line Relocation Program for 2021-2022 and is looking for qualified farm applicants who want to replace their overhead lines with underground cable.
The Farmyard Line Relocation Program makes the option of burying or relocating overhead lines in farmyards available to eligible landowners. SaskPower will invest a major portion of the cost to bury or relocate overhead power lines in farmyards.
The Farmyard Line Relocation Program uses a cost-shared approach. SaskPower will invest a major portion of the cost to bury or relocate overhead power lines in farmyards. SaskPower will invest 75 per cent – all you pay is 25 per cent of the total construction cost to a maximum of $2000. The budget for this year’s program has more than doubled to $5 million, with funds to
carry out about 300 projects this year. It’s a great time to get your application in.
Customers who pay SaskPower’s farm rate (E34) are eligible for the program. While SaskPower has expanded the program this year, spots are limited. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate! Approved applications will be carried out subject to construction schedules on a first-come, first-paid, first-served basis.
To apply, call 1-888-757-6937 or visit