Ag Minister Agrees to Work With Alberta's AgCoalition on Safety

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Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier has agreed to work with a coalition of farm groups to improve farm and ranch safety in the province.

The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition, or the “AgCoalition,” was formed in response to Bill 6 — the Alberta government’s new farm labour legislation. The group aims to provide a unified voice for the ag sector during the government’s upcoming consultations for the regulations supporting Bill 6.

AgCoalition co-chairs Page Stuart and Kent Erickson met with Carlier this week.

“We are pleased that the AgCoalition is recognized as a positive means to move forward on upcoming consultation processes,” said Stuart in a statement after the meeting.

“No one cares more about farm and ranch safety than farmers and ranchers. I am pleased they have come together to work with us to ensure the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act serves their needs and the needs of their waged employees,” noted Carlier.

AgCoalition representatives will be meeting next week to review the recommended path forward for the consultations.

The government, as well as the coalition, are seeking nominations for people to participate in the the working group, which will develop recommendations on how occupational health and safety practices, employment standards, and labour relations requirements can be applied to farms.

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AgCoalition members include:

Alberta Barley Commission Alberta Hatching Egg Producers Forage Network
Alberta Beef Producers Alberta Milk Hutterite Standing Committee
Alberta Beekeepers Commission Alberta Oat Growers Commission Landscape Alberta
Alberta Canola Producers Commission Alberta Pork Potato Growers of Alberta
Alberta Cattle Feeders Alberta Pulse Growers Commission Western Barley Growers Association
Alberta Chicken Producers Alberta Seed Growers Association Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association
Bison Producers of Alberta Alberta Turkey Producers Western Stock Growers’ Association
Alberta Elk Commission Alberta Vegetable Growers (Processing)
Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association Alberta Wheat Commission
Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association Alfalfa Seed Commission (Alberta)
Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association Egg Farmers of Alberta

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