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Older farmers are at more risk than any other group when it comes to farm fatalities.

Statistics show senior farmers need safer practices

An aging farm population and workforce bring new challenges

The good news is statistics indicate that farm fatalities are declining. The bad news is that for older farmers the fatality rate is much higher than any other age group. Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) found that fatality rates are highest for older adults, aged 60 and over. In 2012, the fatality rate for older

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week’s 2018 focus is on supporting senior farmers to continue to contribute to the farm team in safe and productive ways.

2018 farm safety week focuses on senior producers

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week will place special emphasis on keeping older workers safe on the farm

Driving combine or truck into the wee hours of the morning never used to faze Paul Gregory. He knows he can’t put those long hours in anymore. “Evenings are tougher,” admits the Fisher Branch farmer and owner of Interlake Forage Seeds Ltd. He recently turned 60. “I’m definitely not feeling as much energy as I


Farmers urged to make a commitment to safety

The first step is to have a conversation about what safety means on your operation

The theme of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week from March 12 to 18 is ‘Be an AgSafe Family.’ This article by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association talks about the impact of a farm fatality on a family and the farm. Statistics tell us that each year approximately 85 Canadians are killed in an agriculture-related incident. Run-overs,

Rosser Holsteins, located west of Winnipeg, covers 2,500 acres and has 500 dairy cows.

Creating a safety culture at one Manitoba dairy

Workplace safety is a buzzword at Rosser Holsteins west of Winnipeg

Time is the enemy, particularly when it comes to injury risk, according to Henry Holtmann, of Rosser Holsteins outside of Winnipeg. “In times when we think we don’t have time for safety, we have to really step back and make time, because the consequences of not making time are actually you lose more time,” he

VIDEO: Grain entrapment unit demonstrated at Ag Days

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association soon to have BEGRAINSAFE unit to call its own

Glen Blahey of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) talks about the BEGRAINSAFE unit that was on display and demonstrated to attendees at Ag Days. While the unit on this video is on loan from the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in Iowa, CASA is building its own grain entrapment demo unit that it


 It can take just seconds to be trapped in grain.

Farm safety to be a highlight of Ag Days

Farming is a hazardous business and Ag Days aims 
to help build a culture of safety

Canada’s agricultural industry is one of the top three most hazardous industries in which to work. According to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), while 85 per cent of Canadian producers believe safety is a priority on their farm, less than 10 per cent currently have an agricultural safety plan on their farm or ranch.

Dan Mazier, KAP president.

Feds, province invest $432,000 towards farm safety education and training

Keystone Agricultural Producers will administer the new program. 
The hope is for sweeping change in attitudes towards safety, KAP president says

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) will receive a major cash injection of $432,000 over the next two years to establish a broad-reaching and extensive new farm safety program. The funds announced by both provincial and federal ag ministers last week will flow through Growing Forward 2 and used to provide practical, on-farm expertise, resources and training

Farm safety consultant keeps busy

Farmers have made the most of an opportunity to consult their farm safety expert, says KAP staff

A provincial consultant with expertise in workplace legislation has helped more farmers understand their responsibilities and obligations, say Keystone Agricultural Producer staff. “They’ve really filled her calendar,” said James Battershill, KAP executive director. “I believe that we’ve had 20 to 25 producers on the wait list for her to go out to.” Morag Marjerison was


Manitoba Hydro staff have been running hard this week clearing ice from power lines. This Hydro employee was knocking hoarfrost off a line three miles west of Miami, Man., Thursday (Dec. 17) afternoon. Power outages have occurred in many areas of Manitoba, especially in south-central and western regions. In some cases transmission lines have been damaged, while in others Manitoba Hydro has turned the power off so staff could clear the lines. Some people on social media have reported being without electricity for 12 hours.

Need for more disaster planning in rural Manitoba

A seminar Jan. 14 in Portage la Prairie will look at how the risk environment is changing in rural Manitoba

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to prepare for disaster. The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) and the Manitoba governments Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) want input from municipal leaders, emergency co-ordinators, rural businesses and ordinary citizens on how best to prepare for climate change in the face

Farmers sought for farm labour study

The research will help address critical shortages

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is conducting focus groups with farmers to examine the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for apples, crops, honey, mushrooms, potatoes and turf. These NOS will then be used for training programs based on what producers indicate are the best ways of doing business, a CAHRC release states. To date, 20