IN BRIEF – for Jun. 21, 2010

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CCA’s Environmental Stewardship Award recognized

A Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) award program that recognizes outstanding conservation practices by cattle producers has included in the Canadian Business and Biodiversity Case Study Compendium, released June 9 at the International Economic Forum of the Americas.

The Canadian Business and Biodiversity Secretariat selected the CCA’s The Environmental Stewardship Award or TESA as a case study under the Canadian Business and Biodiversity Program (CBBP). Since 1996, TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices and set positive examples for other producers as the general public.

The Canadian Business and Biodiversity Case Study Compendium showcases the best practices from Canadian businesses operating in the area of biodiversity conservation. The release of the first Case Study Compendium coincides with 2010 being the official United Nations Year of Biodiversity.

Farming 10 times more dangerous

Indiana’s Purdue University latest farm fatality summary (www.farmsafety.org) contains some alarming statistics about the dangers of farming.

Purdue University farm safety specialist Gail Deboy says that in 2009, 20 people died on Indiana farms, nine of whom would still be alive had their tractors had rollover protective structures.

The report quotes U.S. National Safety Council statistics of 31.6 deaths per 100,000 farm workers nationwide, nearly 10 times the national average for non-farm industries of 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers.

Deboy says tractors are involved in more than 50 per cent of all farm fatalities.

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