Showcasing new and better equipment is a big part of Manitoba Ag Days, and so is the message that it needs to be used safely.
“Manitoba Ag Days takes farm safety very seriously and we have set up a joint partnership with Manitoba Hydro and SAFE Work Manitoba to form the Farm Safety Area,” says Jonothon Roskos, Manitoba Ag Days co-ordinator.
Canada’s agricultural industry is one of the top three most hazardous industries in which to work. According to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, while 85 per cent of Canadian producers believe safety is a priority, less than 10 per cent currently have an agricultural safety plan on their farm or ranch.
Roskos says the Farm Safety Area will be located in the new expanded location in the Pioneer Lounge located in the Westman Place Arena at the Keystone Centre. Visitors are encouraged to take a few minutes to visit the area to learn more about safe farming programs. The area will have trained professionals and exhibitors on site to help cover all topics of farming safety.
“The goal of this area is to help farmers, their families and workers recognize and manage safety risks,” says Roskos. “Manitoba Ag Days has put together a Safety Challenge for an opportunity to win an iPad, fire extinguisher, car safety kit, extension cords, radon test kit and a variety of other safety products. We want to help producers make their workplace and farm a safer place for everyone.”
Farm Safety Area participating organizations are:
- Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities;
- Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services;
- Manitoba Hydro;
- Office of the Fire Commissioner;
- Prairie Mountain Health;
- SAFE Work Manitoba;
- STARS Air Ambulance;
- Manitoba Lung Association;
- Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.