It appears the Government of Alberta has listened to Team Alberta’s concerns over the timing of the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for new Class 1 drivers announced last month. Transportation Minister Brian Mason has announced agricultural workers may apply for a one-year exemption from the training, recognizing the quick turn-around to implement MELT would be incredibly tight… Read More

A 63-year-old man from Prairie View, Man., is dead after a grain auger incident on Monday. Mounties from the Virden detachment received the report of an incident at 9:25 p.m. The farm site, where the incident happened, is located roughly 15 kilometres northwest of Virden in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. The initial investigation has revealed the… Read More

As we approach the ending of another winter, Mother Nature is not being kind. As some Ontario and Quebec farmers learned last week, wind-whipped snow loads can quickly become too much for even brand new construction. Reports of at least one dairy barn, a hog barn, and a drive shed collapsing in the last week has… Read More

Farmers in Manitoba will have more safety resources and programs thanks to funding from both the provincial and federal governments. An investment of more than $1.1 million over five years was granted to the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), announced this week at the producer group’s annual general meeting. The Manitoba Farm Safety Program is a continuation… Read More

Transport Canada has announced new rules for “remotely piloted aircraft systems,” commonly known as drones or UAVs. Whether it’s for work or pleasure, all people flying drones that weigh between 250 grams to 25 kilograms will have to adhere to the rules that come into effect June 1, 2019. The new rules have two main… Read More

While barn fires can happen at any time, winter carries with it added risks when farmers use heat lamps or other heat sources to keep livestock warm and dry. Approximately 40 per cent of all barn fires are caused by faulty electrical systems. For many, there’s no getting around using older barns and buildings, but… Read More

In the wake of several high-profile accidents involving semi trucks, Saskatchewan has moved to ensure potential drivers receive more training. On April 6, 2018 sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when a semi-trailer failed to yield at a flashing stop sign and crashed into a bus carrying players and staff of the Humboldt Broncos… Read More

Many changes come as a result of crisis of one sort or another. Sometimes the threat is obvious, like an across-the-industry drop in revenue, and sometimes it can be more subtle and fly under the radar. Farm Management Canada came into being in 1992 in response to a financial crisis that was facing the agriculture… Read More

Ten Saskatchewan fire departments are now equipped with grain rescue equipment that’s vital to rural farming areas after G3 Canada bought and donated grain rescue tubes as part of the BeGrainSafe program. The GSI RES-Q-TUBE and a Haul-ALL auger are essential in rescuing a person who has been trapped in a grain bin, according to he Canadian… Read More

Although Mother Nature hasn’t been too kind to us, the reality is — harvest is slowly starting to come to an end. This means more equipment will be seen on the roads and highways in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, there have been multiple crashes across Canada involving farm equipment and regular motorists lately. Rob Gobeil, safety… Read More

Cleaning up around your farm probably isn’t top of mind at the moment, but as it gets closer to October you may find yourself with some time to clean up the shop or quonset. Free of charge to farmers, CleanFarms is about to start its triennial obsolete pesticides and livestock medication disposal program in various regions… Read More

 

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