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Avoiding ATV rollovers on the farm

You may use an ATV for fun or for profit. But more importantly you should always use them safely. Rollovers happen alarmingly fast, so always wear a helmet, gloves, long sleeves, pants, and boots, even when only travelling a short distance. Inappropriate gear, such as loose clothing, can get caught on controls and doesn’t provide […] Read more


Textron to buy Arctic Cat

A U.S. firm with multiple brands in the utility vehicle market is set to add Minneapolis-based ATV and snowmobile maker Arctic Cat to its roster. Providence, R.I.-based Textron Inc. announced Wednesday it has signed an all-cash merger deal to buy NASDAQ-traded Arctic Cat for $18.50 a share, or about $247 million (all figures US$). Arctic […] Read more

Farming work exempt from proposed Alberta helmet law

Farmers and ranchers at work would be exempt from a proposed new law requiring off-highway vehicle (OHV) users to wear helmets while operating on public land in Alberta. Provincial Transportation Minister Brian Mason on Monday announced proposed amendments to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act that would require recreational users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, motorcycles, amphibious […] Read more


Alberta lifts off-roading ban

Citing an outbreak of “wet and cool weather” across parts of the province, reducing the overall fire hazard, the Alberta government has lifted most of its restrictions on off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. The province lifted its OHV ban for “much of the province” except for its forest areas around Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray, […] Read more

Alberta groups receive funding for farm safety training

Six Alberta organizations have received grants from Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association for farm safety training programs. The six Alberta projects were among the 13 organizations which received funding this year from the FCC Ag Safety Fund. Projects with a local or provincial scope can receive up to $5,000. The six […] Read more