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Smoke clouds the horizon near Carberry April 1 thanks to one of the province’s list of recent grassfires.

Farmers trade caps for firefighter hats

With much of Manitoba tinder dry, farmers have both a role in helping their local fire departments, and avoiding a fire on their own operations

When the Carberry North Cypress-Langford Fire and Rescue got the call about a fast-moving grassfire the afternoon of April 1, they immediately got on the phone. They called in help. Fire departments from Shilo, Glenboro, Wawanesa and Elton came out to contain the blaze—whipped by wind gusts up to 57 kilometres an hour to claim

A home narrowly escapes a grassfire near Carberry April 1.

Farm checklist against fire

From making a fire plan to proper disposal of oily rags, KAP’s Manitoba Farm Safety Program has some tips on what producers can do to limit fire risk

The Manitoba Farm Safety Program is reminding farmers of their own on-farm fire risk management. Manitoba’s dry conditions have led to a rash of grassfires since the start of April, including one that menaced a housing sub-division near Carberry and several fires in the southeast and central Manitoba. Dry conditions have also led to widespread

“Make sure you understand that people are watching you. It matters what you do. It matters a lot.” – Alan Quilley.

Take farm safety personally and make a commitment, says expert

Don’t practise on-farm safety because the government says so — do it for yourself and your family

Glacier FarmMedia – Working safely on the farm is like getting ready to jump out of an airplane. You can’t afford to pack your parachute right only some of the time — you have to do it right every time. That line of thinking is the same producers should be using in their safety procedures

Keystone Agricultural Producers is launching a series of 34 online workshops on mental health.

Workshops shine light on farmer mental health

KAP’s series of online workshops will highlight signs of mental distress, how to tell if someone is struggling, and the best ways to approach that conversation or get help yourself

Producers looking to expand their knowledge on everything from market trends to agronomy have had their pick of online education for the last year, but the latest series of free ag-related seminars hope to tackle a problem usually held closer to the vest — mental health. Why it matters: Farmers have little trouble confronting an

File photo of a quality control check on fresh peppers in a Canadian vegetable packing plant. (Jeffbergen/E+Getty Images)

Federal program to protect farms, workers from COVID-19 underway

'Highest-risk' farming operations to get priority, Bibeau says

Applications are now open for a federally-administered $35 million emergency on-farm support fund to help limit the impacts of COVID-19 on farms and on-farm workers. Aimed at farm workplaces and employee living quarters, the fund is being managed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), but cost-shared with participating producers at a 50-50 level. Money is

STAR-7 lifts-off during a mock accident exercise in the RM of Rosser in 2018.

STARS sees summer spike in calls

The Manitoba base saw a near-record 81 calls in August

STARS air ambulance saw its second-highest number of monthly calls to date last month, with 81 calls during August this year. Of those, 45 were on-scene emergencies, while the remaining 36 were inter-facility transfers. Why it matters: With so many farms being remotely located, STARS unfortunately responds to a number of agricultural accidents each year, with call

Keeping kids safe on the farm is a dilemma the farming community needs to address.

Editorial: Too many kids still dying on farms

Over the last two decades there has been a noticeable increase in education and training designed to make farms safer places for children to grow up. Kids, even toddlers, often like to tag along with their farming parent. As they grow older and more capable they have traditionally been an important source of labour on

Rob Gobeil of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association demonstrates the risk of grain entrapment.

Unpacking the dangers around bin entrapment

Forays to the inside of a grain bin can quickly turn tragic

In 2015, seven people died in grain bin entrapment accidents. That was a spike over an average year, accounting for a significant number of the deaths reported in the decade before. According to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program, 30 people died from grain or silage asphyxiation between 2006 and 2015. It had always been

Grain bins have regulatory, safety requirements

Grain bins have regulatory, safety requirements

Farm safety experts say farms, even small family-run operations, are workplaces and are regulated accordingly

Farm safety experts are reminding producers that grain bins are ‘confined spaces’ — a term that has regulatory and safety implications. “Fatalities occur regularly across the Prairie provinces in agricultural settings specific to confined spaces,” said Marc Watt, a paramedic turned safety adviser at Elite Safety Training in Brandon. Yet, he said, farms often operate

The Mini ROTT at its unveiling demonstration at Glenlea Research Farm July 16.

Rollover training tractor unveiled

The collaboration by three Manitoba groups is aimed at building a safer farm sector

A new agriculture safety tool to train operators to prevent tractor rollovers has been unveiled by a Manitoba collaboration. The University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC) and Keystone Agricultural Producers, demonstrated the Mini Roll Over Training Tractor (Mini ROTT) at the UM’s Glenlea Research Station on July 16. The teaching vehicle will help