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A dry piece of land sits next to the ranch of Dan Pahl, a local rancher who operates a 30,000 acre cattle ranch with 750 beef cattle. With another summer drought under way, he is forced to move his stock to different pastures because the dry weather has killed is crops.

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Another couple of counties in Alberta have declared a state of agriculture disaster due to heat and drought.

Councils in Wetaskiwin and Lamont counties voted Wednesday to make the designation.

Hay producers in the Wetaskiwin area are getting less of a hay crop and it has led to a shortage throughout the county and the province.

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The county has also noticed a bigger than usual grasshopper population and producers are considering selling off livestock because they aren't making enough money.

In Lamont, the county says dry conditions have resulted in a shortage of pasture land and a high cost of feed that is having a significant impact on the livestock industry.

The declaration will enable producers to participate in any programs that the provincial or federal governments may put in place in the future in order to provide aid.

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