NEWS

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) - Update

You will likely have heard about the recent finding of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) on a farm in Alberta. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry would like to provide you as much information as we can about the situation so that if you have questions from any farmers in your community you can assist us in pointing them in the right direction.

Here is what we know so far:

  • A single farm has been diagnosed with PED in Alberta.
  • There is no human health risk with PED. PED is not transmissible to humans or other types of animals, and there is no danger to food safety.
  • The provincial government is working with the pork industry to make sure producers are informed.
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is conducting an investigation to look at the source of the virus and how it entered the farm.
  • Strict biosecurity protocols for all farms are of utmost importance in limiting the impact of a disease in agriculture. Producers are reminded to review their farms’ policies regularly and consult Alberta Pork and their herd Veterinarian as required.
    • A reminder that Agriculture Service Board staff should contact any producers that they are visiting in advance and follow the operations biosecurity procedures as directed.
  • We do not expect any market access issues or significant economic impacts as a result of this singular finding.

Attached is a question and answer document that you can refer to should you get any questions from farmers in your community.

This document is posted on the Agriculture and Forestry website.

Link - http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/com14713  and will be updated as necessary.

If you have any questions you can contact the Agriculture and Forestry ASB staff or the Animal Health Liaison Officer (through the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian) at (780) 427 - 3448.

Thank you for your assistance in this event.

Dr. Keith Lehman
Chief Provincial Veterinarian
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

2018 Property Tax Non-Payment Penalty Notice

The County of Paintearth No. 18 property taxes were due June 30, 2018.  A 5.0% penalty was levied on tax balances outstanding, both current and arrears after June 30th.   A further 10% penalty will be applied to outstanding tax balances after September 30, 2018.

Payment can be made by cheque, cash, or debit at the County Administration Office located at #1 Crowfoot Crossing, Highway 12 and Twp. Road 374, at the TD Canada Trust in Coronation, or the ATB Financial branches located in Halkirk, Castor, or Coronation.  View financial institutions set up to accept on-line payments.

Michael Simpson, CAO

Pre-Authorized Tax Payments

Application Deadline:

This form must be fully completed and accepted by the County of Paintearth No.18 no later than December 15th, in order to participate in the Plan for the following taxation year. The tax account(s) must also have a zero balance at December 31st in order to participate.

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