The M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 has hired their spray truck and mower operators for the summer, and they have commenced their work.
Normand Boulet, the ag fieldman for the M.D., highlighted this as part of his report to council during their meeting on July 6.
The M.D. of Bonnyville has a surplus spray truck for sale and Boulet submitted a tender, but there was no word at press time on whether it was accepted.
Genetically engineered alfalfa continues to be an issue for some municipal governments. The County of Northern Lights has sent a letter to federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence Macaulay expressing concern about this matter. The M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 has sent a letter of support for the County of Northern Lights’ position.
In other news, the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 has agreed to write a resolution for the Rural Municipalities Association of Alberta to request that the provincial government amend the regulations to the Wildlife Act.
The amendment would allow owners or occupants of land to authorize another person to hunt nuisance cougars on their land, as is allowed for wolves and bears now.