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Just outside the yard at Stamp Seeds is an intersection. Go through that — or any — stop sign is a firing offence, says Richard Stamp, adding that rule applies to him, too.

Alberta farm walking the walk on safety

Stamp Seeds has seen major growth and that’s prompted family to ‘put that culture of safety up front’

Much has changed at Stamp Seeds since it was founded by Richard and Marian Stamp more than 40 years ago. “We have a pretty dynamic farm — there’s never a day that goes by without something exciting happening,” said Richard. “But that is also why it’s been important to have a culture of safety on […] Read more

A cellphone is a great safety device when working alone — as long as it’s charged, there’s reception 
where you’re working, and there’s someone you can call who can quickly come to your aid in case of an accident.

Don’t just rely on your cellphone when working alone on the farm

Farm Safety Week: Old-school tech, GPS devices and careful planning can come through if your cellphone fails you

Cellphones have made it easier for producers to communicate on the job — especially ones working alone. In the event of an injury, a one-touch emergency cell call can mean the difference between life and death. But as great as cellphones may be, they’re not the be-all and end-all of an on-farm communications plan. Congratulations […] Read more


Safety training has become a passion for Hanneke Camps — and it’s a process that’s continually evolving, she says.

‘Common sense’ isn’t an alternative to communication

Never stop talking about dangers and safe practices, says safety-minded Alberta producer

A farm, particularly during a busy season, is at best barely controlled chaos, with vehicles, equipment, employees and even kids all competing for the same farmyard real estate. So how do you bring order to that chaos and keep everyone safe? Ask Hanneke Camps and she’ll tell you communication is the key. Although everyone talks […] Read more

If it’s daylight and a rural resident comes along, things will probably be fine. But you can’t always avoid evening and night moves — nor can you count on drivers knowing how to safely approach farm equipment.

Big equipment and rural roads aren’t a great match

You can’t shrink your equipment but you can reduce the risk of a collision

When it comes to transporting agricultural equipment, bigger almost never means better. After all, equipment is getting larger but roads are staying the same size. There are also fewer drivers on the road who know how to respect and respond to these large, slow-moving vehicles. It’s a potentially fatal cocktail and farmers are getting worried. […] Read more


Be the difference as a farm employer

Like any business, farms require the same commitment to succeed — hard work, good products and of course, a commitment to safety. One hallmark of a successful business is an engaged and well-trained workforce. Training employees is good business. Well-trained, safe and healthy employees are essential for the smooth functioning of any farm. The loss […] Read more