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Editorial: Safety first

A few years ago I had what I now ruefully refer to as a series of unfortunate events. It began innocently enough with a phone call one Saturday morning from a friend, wondering if I could help him move a couch. An hour or so later, on a frosty March morning, we were wrestling it

Brian Nadeau and his daughter Kara have made safety a top priority. Among her other roles on the farm, Kara serves as its safety co-ordinator, leading monthly safety meetings with staff. The father-and-daughter duo are wearing visibility vest and coat combinations which are standard issue for those working at Nadeau Seeds.

Safety a top priority for Fannystelle farm family

Culture of safety includes detailed policies for different equipment and monthly meetings with employees

The Nadeau farm has been in the family for over 75 years, and its current safety policies reflect the family focus. Making safe practices second nature, they’ve become champions of safety in the agricultural industry. Nadeau Farm was founded in Fannystelle by Celestin Nadeau in 1938, and in 1966 his son Gilbert expanded the business


The Nadeau Farm family is the featured safety champion in this year's national campaign.

‘Be the Difference’ is 2015 Ag Safety Week theme

Farm safety champion testimonials aim to inspire peers to adopt a safer work culture on Canadian farms

Be a better role model and set a higher standard for safety on your farm. That’s the message of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, which kicks off in Prince Edward Island next week, urging farmers and those who work with them to become safety champions. The education campaign, held each year on the third week of

Morag Marjerison is a SAFE Farms consultant who will provide free-of-charge, confidential advisory services to 
Manitoba farmers in 2015.

Farm safety consultant says she wants to be kept busy

If you have an employee on your farm, you need to be ready for an inspection

A Workplace Safety and Health officer has arrived at your farm to do an inspection. Can you tell them to leave? Some farmers have tried, apparently using a few choice words. But the inspector will be back and telling them to leave only shows you don’t know the law, says Morag Marjerison, a new safety

Jeff Shaw, farm and safety co-ordinator with the province speaks to a number of potato producers at the Manitoba Potato Production Days conference held at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man., on January 28.

SAFE Work Manitoba creates new safety consultant position

On-farm safety consultations are now available to Manitoba producers 
to assist in establishing safer operations and help avoid pitfalls

The Manitoba government has created a new farm safety specialist position to help farmers stay safe — and avoid Workplace Health and Safety inspection infractions. “This role is a great opportunity to get some workshops back on track and help anyone who is looking for assistance in developing an on-farm safety plan,” said newly appointed


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Regaining access to China markets

Tainted food scandals have convinced Chinese buyers that imports are safer

Cervid (elk and other deer) products have been used and prized in China for at least 2,700 years. That makes China a very valuable marketplace for cervid products. Indeed, it was a good market until Canada and the U.S. took action to contain and eradicate BSE in early 2003. China immediately closed its markets to

Meat industry singled out for new penalties

The Canadian meat industry was surprised by an out-of-the-blue announcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that it is being singled out for a financial penalty regime for food safety infractions. Jim Laws, president of the Canadian Meat Council, says the agency had said the administrative monetary penalty system (AMPs) would be introduced to the

CFIA flubs food failure followup

Canada’s auditor general has identified weaknesses in how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency manages recalls of contaminated foods and its followups with processors to prevent further incidents. “While illnesses were contained in the recalls we examined, I am not confident that the system will always yield similar results,” Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in his


A few precautions can avoid a photo like this.

Reduce the risk of a combine fire

Do a pre-harvest check, and carry a fire extinguisher

With harvest season underway, it’s time to take precautions against combine fires, says John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural machine systems specialist. Crop residue buildup around combine engines and exhaust pipes are obvious places where fires can start. The surface temperature of exhaust pipes can be high enough to ignite straw and

CFIA beefs up food safety rules and sets minimum traceability standards

Food companies and farms selling products in other provinces or internationally will need detailed preventive control plans

Traceability will gain a more prominent place on the menu, and food companies will be required to develop preventive control plans under a new regulatory plan proposed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The proposals, which follow the passage of the Safe Food for Canadians Act last fall, still have to be put into the