Strathcona County is giving farmers more land to use.
The county's Annual Municipal Land Licensing Program offers land to local farmers to license for use as hay and pasture land.
“The program is a win-win for the county and our valued agricultural base,” said Sharon Fitzowich, Strathcona County's land management project lead. “Through licensing the land, the county’s maintenance demands decrease.”
The program promotes the efficient use of land and encourages agricultural activities.
"We do an assessment of what lands have that agricultural value and that's what chosen to put into the program," said Paula Laplante, Strathcona County manager of land management services.
Licenses are held for five years, this year the county has 23 reserves available.
The Municipal Land Licensing Program was implemented in 1988.