By , Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The heat dome sitting over Alberta may have dissipated somewhat but drought conditions continue across southern parts of the Western provinces, and Alberta Beef Producers is now asking for government assistance in dealing with the issue.

“We are getting into a situation that is pretty dire,” said Brad Dubeau, general manager at Alberta Beef.

Alberta Beef is being joined by other agricultural producer organizations in calling for the joint provincial-federal AgriRecovery Framework to be triggered to “support some of the extraordinary expenses” connected to natural disasters.

“Cattle producers are resilient and we have faced drought for a century or more,” Dubeau added.

But he stressed this year’s heatwave stretching across the prairies from the Pacific to the Canadian Shield has impacted agricultural operations across the West.

“This drought is so widespread,” he said. “It’ll require some support.”

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