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EDMONTON:  Premier Alison Redford just kept another promise made during her leadership campaign. 

A land deal that could have seen 16,000 acres of Cypress County grassland sold off for an irrigated potato farm has been terminated.  Notice came in the form of a short news release from Alberta Sustainable Resources Development, saying the "Request for Proposals" for agricultural development was cancelled.

The releases went on to state:  "Government cancelled the RFP after people expressed concerns that there was no public input into using a Request for Proposals and that there might be an impact on water and on the ranching community. Public consultation and water use and availability are priorities for this government.  The land is in Cypress County and is all under grazing lease or grazing permit. The Request for Proposal was issued in August 2011".

Government officials had already confirmed a Taber-area potato farmer was expected to bid for the land.  The proposal was criticized by environmentalists and area ranchers, and seemed to contradict advice from the government's own experts.

There were complaints about no public input on the sale and concern over the impact on water and ranching in the area. 

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 4/16/2014 3:41:32 PM
Source: Dori Modney - Country 95 News; stock photo by Country 95 News
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