The Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130 will send a letter to federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, regarding the issue of genetically engineered alfalfa.
It will be a letter of support for Northern Lights County, which has requested that the federal minister deal with the subject of conducting a cost-benefit analysis of this kind of crop before its allowed to enter production. The M.D. wants to add its support for such a cost-benefit analysis.
Normand Boulet, the ag fieldman for the M.D., discussed this during the council meeting in Falher in June 13.
Boulet also reported that the M.D. still requires a spray truck operator and a mower operator. The positions are still being advertised in the Smoky River Express.
Seedlings ordered under the M.D.’s shelter belt program have ben distributed. Orders for 2019 could start in September.
In other news, inspections have started for Scentless Chamomile and Dames Rocket. These crop diseases have already been found in the Smoky River region and are being dealt with.