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Brigid Rivoire Award recognizes agricultural mental health advocates

Do you know an individual, organization or group that has made an outstanding contribution in raising awareness, addressing the stigma, and supporting agricultural mental health in their community? Applications are now open for the second annual Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health. The award not only highlights the contribution of the person […] Read more

The grain entrapment demo unit that the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association takes to farm events is an eye-opener for some producers, but others are harder to reach.

Don’t get trapped — bring a buddy when unloading grain from bins

Most people trapped in grain don’t survive, but a few simple steps can greatly reduce the danger

Of all the dangers involved in unloading grain bins, grain entrapment is indisputably one of the most perilous. A routine entry into a bin to shovel some resistant grain can become deadly in a matter of seconds if the auger — and thus the flow rate — stays active. “One of the main things we […] Read more


‘For years, I have written every minister of agriculture, education, and health — asking them to make farm safety education part of the elementary health and safety curriculum. Not one has shown any interest.’ – Marion Leithead

Opinion: An open letter to Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen

To be effective, farm safety education must be part of the regular curriculum in elementary schools

Following your appointment as Alberta’s agriculture minister, you were praised for being “smart, grounded, and ‘a stand-up guy.’” Let’s hope everything I’ve read about you will prove true. But based on past experience, I am somewhat cynical, as I have asked your predecessors to take action on embedding effective farm safety within the elementary curricula… […] Read more

Safety Day events have taught tens of thousands of children about the hazards and risks associated with farming and rural life.

Get a grant to hold a Safety Day event

There’s still time to apply for funding to put on a Safety Day event this year for children in your area. Each year, communities across Canada host Safety Day events — reaching approximately 17,000 young people annually. Participants learn about the hazards and risks associated with farming and rural life. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association […] Read more


Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services prepares for BeGrainSafe training and demonstrations in 
Rocky Mountain House this summer.

Grain entrapment danger hits home in Clearwater County

Recent open house offered a chance for the public to learn more about the risks of grain entrapment

It’s often said that to encourage change, you need to lead by example. And for the fire department in Clearwater County, it’s a premise that’s not only valued but also practised. “Whenever we get an opportunity to educate and engage with the public as a fire department, we always take it because it is our […] Read more

Communities hosting a Safety Day can choose from a range of stations on different safety issues.

Deadline for 2019 Safety Day events coming up

Application deadline is July 15

The deadline for hosting an event that helps children learn how to be safe on the farm is fast approaching. Since 2002, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association has partnered with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation on Safety Day events, the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. The Progressive Agriculture Safety […] Read more



AgSafe Alberta offering free safety programs for farmers

New producer-run organization has free advisers who can make visits to help you improve farm safety


Newly formed AgSafe Alberta now has boots on the ground, says extension co-ordinator Donna Trottier. “There are a couple of things that we want farmers out there to know,” she said at the recent Canadian Agricultural Safety Association conference. “We have three advisers who are available to come out to your farm and help introduce […] Read more


Why on earth would someone go into a bin with the auger running?

Reader can’t fathom why someone would do that, but safety expert explains it only takes a moment of carelessness

Editor’s note: The questions posed in the letter from Doug Burkard were passed on to Glen Blahey, agricultural health and safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Both the letter and response are below. I have just read the article “Trapped in a flash — the horror waiting inside a grain bin.” I was […] Read more

Farm safety legislation doesn’t target the people on the farm with the most risk — farm families, 
said safety expert Don Voaklander.

A terrible toll: Farming still claims too many lives

The latest statistics 
show an encouraging but modest decline in the number of farm fatalities

The number of people killed in farm accidents continues to decline, but a new report also says “there is no more dangerous occupation” than farming. The average number of fatalities fell from 116 annually from 1990 to 2001 to 84 in the latest 10-year reporting period (2003 to 2012), according to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting […] Read more