Wildrose Welcomes News of Compensation for TB-Affected Livestock Producers

EDMONTON, AB: Wildrose Shadow Agriculture Minister Rick Strankman welcomed news that the federal and provincial government will provide financial assistance to Alberta livestock producers affected by bovine tuberculosis under the federal AgriRecovery program, the Wildrose Official Opposition said.

On Tuesday, Strankman pressured governments to take action and support affected producers through this program and others.

“This is very good news for livestock producers who were blindsided by the bovine TB outbreak,” Strankman said. “I’ve been bringing the concerns of these farmers to the Legislature for some time now, so I’m pleased that it appears government has started listening.”

Strankman said questions remain about how the aid will be distributed to farmers and if there will be a provincial top-up.

“I’ll be keeping a close eye on these developments, but for now, producers who have had their lives and livelihoods rocked by this issue can take a deep breath,” Strankman said.