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Editorial: All hands on deck

It was a dreary fall afternoon this past Sunday at Argyle, as rain lashed the countryside and soaked stubble fields. Inside the local community hall and curling rink, however, there was a clear sense of warmth and community. The hamlet had pulled out all the stops to host its annual fall supper — the 135th

Rancher’s Risk and Return will be an important tool as producers consider new ways to manage downside risks and upside potential.  file photo

New calculator assesses financial risk for cattle operations

Can show how sensitive an operation is to different selling prices 
and cattle price insurance coverage levels

A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. Rancher’s Risk and Return is an Excel spreadsheet calculator that takes an innovative approach to assessing the market price risk that cow-calf and feedlot producers continually face.

New ad campaign promotes vegan lifestyle

An animal rights group that made headlines last year with an undercover video of a Manitoba hog barn is now urging Canadians to think of farm animals as pets and stop eating meat. “Pigs, cows, and chickens are remarkable beings just like the animals we shower with affection and consider family,” said Stephane Perrais, director

Crop insurance changes discussed at KAP meeting

Changes coming to Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI) are aimed at reducing “moral hazard” that could undermine the program’s integrity. “It just seemed from our experience there was a disproportionate amount of land coming into our program in wet years than there was in dry years,” David Van Deynze, the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) manager

Time to step up on farm safety

It’s time to bring farm safety out of the Stone Age, a Manitoba farm leader told participants attending last week’s Farm Safety Expo here. “We all know someone who has been injured and some know someone who’s been killed,” said Dan Mazier, vice-president of Keystone Agricultural Producers as a show of hands went up around

New technologies mean new challenges for farm safety

The death and injury statistics tell the tale — agriculture remains one of Canada’s most dangerous professions. All the industry’s efforts to improve the situation haven’t made any difference. In Alberta 16 people were killed in farm accidents in 2011 and three of them were under 18. Just as a comparison, among all the workers

FCC again offers $100,000 for ag safety projects

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is partnering with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to make farm communities safer through the FCC Ag Safety Fund. CASA will be accepting applications for the third consecutive year from charitable and non-profit organizations that need support to deliver various farm safety training programs in their communities or across Canada.

Farm accident results in $50,000 fine

A Carberry-area potato farm has been fined nearly $50,000 following an investigation into a serious farm accident on Sept. 18, 2010. The 15-year-old girl, a seasonal worker at ShellMark Farms Ltd., had attempted to straddle a moving conveyor belt by placing her foot on the north-side lip of the conveyor when she lost her balance.

Ombudsman reports 29 complaints against municipalities in 2011

The Manitoba Ombudsman office investigated 29 complaints from the public about actions and decisions of municipal politicians last year, according to its newly released 2011 report. Common themes in the complaints relate to perceived conflicts of interest, councils making decisions “in camera” (behind closed doors), and not giving reasons for decisions, the report said.  Councils